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Do you want your kitchen sink to stand out? If you do, then you need to make sure that you choose the right faucet. Over and above picking one based on aesthetics, functionality should be considered. A faucet that will fit and work well in your kitchen will help to make the work that goes on in there much easier. Here are five features to look for when choosing a kitchen faucet.
Ease of Use
The faucet should be easy to use. If you need to have a PhD in physics just to figure out how to open or close the taps, and what to do in order to adjust the water pressure and the temperature, then such a faucet may not be for you. Try to keep it simple.
The durability of the faucet is determined by the material that it is made of. Go for faucets that have tough finishes like the Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) finish, which comes in both nickel and bronze. Chrome is a tough and very popular finish as it is the most durable and is the easiest to keep clean. Brushed stainless steel is also durable.
The style of faucet you pick will say a lot about you. It can be contemporary, minimalist, traditional, industrial, modern, transitional, farmhouse, and so on. Choose a finish or colour that matches other fixtures that are already in your kitchen. Examples of finishes are gold, chrome, nickel, black, bronze, stainless, pewter, and polished brass. When it comes to practicality, the size, style and shape of the faucet spout should suit your sink. Its size, for example, should be proportional to the sink. It should not be too big and it should not be too small.
Faucet measurements refer to the height and reach of the spout. You will need to consider the clearance that you require underneath the faucet spout. Goose-necked spouts offer more clearance than their straight spout counterparts, but they could also result in splashing – depending on the type of sink that you have. If you have something like a cabinet or a shelf just above your sink then you will obviously be forced to opt for a short spout. The faucet head you pick should also be able to swing easily enough to reach or cover the entire sink especially if you have more than one sink bowl.
Number of Mounting Holes
Sinks and sink counters usually have holes already drilled in them for the intended faucets and other accessories. Some have one, others two. The most common is three holes – one for the hot water handle, the second for the cold water handle and the third for the spout. Ideally, the faucet you get should match with the number of mounting holes.
However, you could be remodelling and may want to make use of fewer holes that have been drilled. In such instances, you will need to get escutcheons, cover plates and deck plates to cover the unused sink holes. You can employ kitchen remodeling contractors to assist you in doing this. It is not advisable to buy a faucet that requires more holes than what is currently available on the sink or countertop.
It might seem like a daunting task to choose just the right faucet for your kitchen but it is definitely worth all the effort because once you get it right, you will enjoy it for a long time.