by Staff Writer
Whether it's for a full home improvement project or if you're just replacing an old faucet, looking for a new bathroom faucet can be fun. Faucets are one of the most used fixtures in a home, and a gleaming new faucet is like the sparkling jewelry for your bathroom. Whether you're shopping for a bathroom faucet for your sink or a faucet for your shower and bath, take a look below to learn some tips on choosing a bathroom faucet.
Think about your budget. The first thing you will want to do is figure out which bathroom fixtures you need and what your budget is. Faucets have a wide price range, depending on the quality, materials and style. Also be sure to consider if you just need a faucet for your sink or if you want to buy a matching faucet for your tub and shower.
Consider style. Bathroom faucets come in various styles and finishes. Are you interested in a contemporary aesthetic? This style has clean lines and often has fewer handles. Are you looking for something more traditional? Consider a centerset faucet lots of details and with the standard three holes: two holes for the handles and one for the spout.
Determine quality. The best way to determine a quality faucet is to see what it is made of. Solid brass bodies last longer and may require less care than other materials; hard water can cause corrosion on lesser metals. The weight of solid brass will usually be heavier than other metals. There are also diecast zinc alloy bodies, which typically cost less but may corrode over time.
Measure the spread. If you choose a bathroom sink faucets that is one connected piece, you'll need to determine the spread, the distance between the holes in the sink. The spread is usually between 4 inches and 8 inches.
Pick a finish. You'll also want to consider the finishes for your bathroom faucets. Some of the finishes available include polished brass, antique brass, pewter, oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel and chrome. The finish will affect the overall style of your bathroom as well as the price of the faucet.