Bathroom faucets are an important element in a bathroom design, so be
sure to spend some time finding the right faucets – and possibly
matching towel rods – to co-ordinate with the
flooring, and other bath accessories. Some faucets are designed
specifically for high pressure or low pressure water systems.
Faucets for high pressure systems often include aerators that restrict
the water flow to produce a bubbly flow and reduce splashing.
Traditional faucets use a rubber screw-down valve and a rubber washer
to control the flow of water. Newer ceramic disk valve faucets
can be turned completely on or off with the flick of a wrist, but
they are susceptible to mineral scale damage in hard water areas.
Bathtub and shower faucets often feature thermostatically controlled,
Hands-free faucets are more hygienic than traditional faucets because
they rely on infrared sensors to control the water flow.
At one time, sinks had separate hot water and cold water faucets, but
most faucets today have a single spout serviced by both hot and cold
water lines. Either two separate valves or a single lever
may be used to control the flow of hot and cold water, thereby adjusting
the temperature of the combined water flow.
Faucets are most often made of brass, then plated with a silver
colored metal such as chrome or nickel or with a gold colored metal
such as brass or even gold. Some faucets, and especially faucet
handles, have a baked-on enamel or epoxy surface. Here are some
pros and cons of these faucet finishes:
Baked Enamel or Epoxy —
These easy-clean coatings are available in a wide array of color
choices. However, they may chip or fade, and certain chemicals
can cause discoloration.
Antique, satin, or polished brass finished faucets present a classic,
traditional appearance. Titanium brass finishes resist corrosion,
scratching, and discoloring. However, standard brass finishes are
subject to corrosion, tarnishing, and scratching.
Polished chrome is very hard and will not oxidize. Matte chrome
has a softer appearance, but both chrome finishes are durable and easy
to clean. Beware of chrome-coated plastic parts, on which the
chrome may peel.
Gold plate has a rich visual appeal, and high quality gold will not
tarnish. However, gold plate finishes are expensive, and their
quality varies. The gold can be damaged if the finish was not
sealed by the manufacturer.
Faucets with brushed, matte, or polished nickel finishes are durable,
and they offer an understated, classic appearance. Nickel and
similar metals can be quite expensive, and their quality does vary,
depending on the faucet manufacturer.
This bathroom faucets consumer guide features a directory of selected
bathroom faucet manufacturers and dealers plus a bathroom remodeling
resource to help visitors find local bathroom installers and plumbers.