Whether you are constructing a bathroom for a new home or renovating an existing bathroom of your house, you should pay special attention to the bathroom sink faucet. There are different types and varieties of bathroom sink faucets available in the market. Because of this even if you are doing a DIY project or employing a professional for renovating your bathroom, you should do thorough research about the various bathroom sink faucets that are available.
The bathroom sink faucet that you select should not only blend with the overall design of your bathroom but also stand out. You can tell a bathroom is well designed when you find a sink faucet that blends in well with the sink and, at the same time, is highly functional.
Types of Bathroom Sink Faucets based on Style
Center Set Faucet
The Center set faucet comes with a spout in the center and two handles on either side of the spout. This is a three-hole faucet that requires two holes for the handles and one hole for the spout. Since this type of faucet comes as a single body, it is very easy to install.
The unique feature of the center set faucet is that it is small and compact in size. Thus, it makes a good choice for small bathrooms where the sink installed will be small. Most of the center set faucets come with a 4-inch gap between the handles and the spout. But some are available with a 6-inch gap. Thus, if you are renovating your bathroom, then you should consider the gap of the existing hole before buying a new faucet.
Single Handle Faucet
As the name suggests, this faucet comes with a single handle. The handle can be attached to the left, right, or top of the faucet. The handle can either be turned or lifted to get the water flowing. Since the single handle faucet is a compact body, it requires only one hole for its installation. This type of faucet is suited for a pedestal sink that takes up little space. Because of the compactness of this faucet, it is very easy to install.
Wide Spread Faucet
A widespread faucet comes with a spout in the center and two handles on either side sticking out from the surface of the sink. It is similar to a center set faucet but it comes as three separate units instead of one. This type of faucet requires three holes for its installation – one for the spout and two each for the handles. The handles can be spread out between 8 to 16 inches. Thus, you can select one depending on the size of the sink.
Bridge Style Faucet
This faucet comes with a center spout and two handles on either side. The handles are connected through a bridge-like design and the faucet is fixed on the center of the bridge. Thus, the bridge-style faucet requires only two holes for installation.
The bridge-style faucet is mostly seen in professional sinks. It is easy to clean this type of faucet as there is enough space between and around each component. Some bridge-style faucet even comes with a pull-away spray faucet.
Types of Bathroom Sink Faucets based on Installation
Wall Mounted Faucet
As the name suggests, these are faucets that are mounted on the wall. These types of faucets are best suited for floating sinks in a modern style bathroom. Since these faucets are available in different sizes, you should take the measure of the sink from the wall (reach of the faucet) before purchasing the same.
One main advantage of a wall-mounted faucet is that you can change the sink with ease. You need not worry about changing the faucet as the same faucet can be used with a new sink.
Deck Mounted Faucet
These are faucets that are mounted to the deck of the sink. This type of faucet can be a center set, single handle, widespread or bridge-style faucet. The main problem with deck-mounted faucet is that, while changing the same you should go for one that fits into the predrilled hole. Otherwise, you will have to cover up or go for additional holes depending on the style of the faucet.
Types of Bathroom Sink Faucets Based on Material Used
Brass is a combination of copper and zinc into an alloy. It provides a shiny yellow tone to the faucet. In some cases, aluminum may be added to brass to build strength and resist corrosion. Tin can also be added to prevent the loss of zinc properties from brass.
Stainless Steel Faucet
Stainless steel provides a classic look to the faucet. It is tougher when compared to brass. Sometimes chromium and nickel will also be added to stainless steel to provide a shiny silver tone. The main advantage of stainless steel is that it is hard in texture. Thus it does not dent or wears off easily.
The only drawback with stainless steel faucet is that it tends to retain watermarks. You need to clean it periodically to maintain its look.
If budget is a constraint while renovating the bathroom, then you can consider a zinc faucet. Zinc comes in a dull grey color. To make it more attractive you can plate it with chrome. Zinc is resistant to rust and corrosion and hence makes an excellent choice for bathroom faucets.
Plastic is the cheapest form of faucet that you can get on the market. Polyethylene is a good choice as it is sturdy and does not wear off easily. It will not chip away fast nor get into the water supply system.
All the different types of faucets are available in various finishes like chrome, brushed nickel, and 9. You need to carefully consider the overall decor style of the bathroom before finalizing a type of faucet.