11 Features of bathroom faucets every DIY bathroom remodeler should know

If a full bathroom remodel or quick weekend makeover tops your to-do list, go beyond gazing at perfectly...

If a full bathroom remodel or quick weekend makeover tops your to-do list, go beyond gazing at perfectly styled bathrooms in trade magazines. Instead, head to the hardware store and start examining bathroom faucets. These fixtures add color, character and function to your bathroom sink, bathtub and shower.

1. Faucet finishes
Before putting any fixtures in your shopping cart, choose a finish. You want it to coordinate with existing fixtures in the room including cabinet door handles and doorknobs. Plus, the new faucet should complement the hardware in your shower, bathtub and sink. Choose from classic chrome, brass or nickel. To add extra elegance to your Atlanta bathroom, choose brushed copper or oil-rubbed bronze. After choosing a color, pick a faucet with PVD (physical vapor deposition). This refers to how finish is applied. PVD faucets are the most durable and scratch-resistant on the market.

2. Automatic features
If you need extreme ease of use, pick a faucet with automatic features. Choose a faucet that turns on with automatic sensors if you're not able to grasp a traditional faucet handle. Or, pick a touch-style faucet that turns on with a gentle tap of the hardware. Both features are helpful for the elderly and people with limited mobility.

3. The configuration
Depending on your space, you need to choose what type of configuration your bathroom faucet will have. Center faucets have the handles and water spout positioned close together, often on the same mounting bracket. Widespread faucets space the water spout and handles further apart. These are perfect for a large vanity or shower stall.

4. Faucet height
The water spouts on faucet sets come in many heights. In addition to the traditional spout, which rises just a few inches above the edge of the vanity, faucets for the sink also some in gooseneck styles. These arch high above the sink basin, making it easier to fill large containers with water, wash your hair or bathe infants.

5. Types of handles
There are two types of faucet handles to consider: dual and single. A single handle lets the user control both hot and cold water temperatures by rotating the handle. Dual handles let the user control one temperature per handle. Some dual handle systems also come with dual spouts so the hot and cold water don't mix until they reach the sink basin.

6. A sprayer
Much like kitchen fixtures, bathroom fixtures also offer sprayer options. These are useful for sink, shower and bathtub fixtures. Hand-held sprayers make it easier to wash your hair at the sink, clean the family dog in the bathtub and rinse during a shower. When choosing a sprayer, look for multiple spray settings. A gentle stream is perfect for bathing children, while a focused stream with more force is helpful when rinsing away bathroom cleansers.

7. Temperature controls
High-end bathroom faucets offer temperature control settings. This safeguard makes it less likely a child will scald himself when using the shower, sink or bathtub. You never know when a child will reach for the handles himself!

8. Installation size
If you're doing a complete bathroom remodel, including a new vanity, shower surround and bathtub, you don't need to worry about how the new fixtures mount. However, if you're simply doing a few updates, note how your current fixtures install. If you buy a faucet that mounts with one centered hole, and your existing fixtures required two holes, you may have a vanity or wall patching job ahead of you.

9. Mounting types
When shopping for faucets for your sink, you have two mounting types to consider: wall and basin. Keep you vanity clear and increase countertop space by using a wall-mount faucet. The water spout and handles will protrude from the wall just above the sink basin. For a more traditional appeal, choose basin-mount fixtures that sit on the countertop, just behind the basin.

10. Earth-friendly features
To make your bathroom environmentally friendly, choose fixtures created with water-saving features in mind. Low-flow valves keep wasted water to a minimum. And, if you have children that like to keep the water running far beyond their needs, choose a fixture with an automatic shut-off. This could save you from one headache of a water bill.

11. Valve type
Faucets are designed to be turned off and on several times each day. If you want the most durable, long-lasting fixture, choose a style fitted with a ceramic disk valve. Although more expensive than other options, this type of valve lasts longer than compression or ball valves.

Ready to take the plunge and get this remodel started? Give an Atlanta plumber a call to make your new bathroom a reality.

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