Once you decide it’s time to replace your kitchen faucet, it’s imperative to determine the type of faucet you need.Save time by finding out the requirements for your specific kitchen faucet in advance for a guaranteed perfect fit for your specific sink.
The first thing you need to determine is the mount type. There are two different kinds: a deck mount, and a wall mount.
A wall mount faucet is attached directly to the wall, usually behind the sink using plumbing integrated behind the drywall. If you are looking to simply replace your faucet, you may be limited by the existing plumbing, so make sure to know your options. If you are doing a full kitchen reno, your choices will only be limited by your budget and creativity.
Once you have decided to replace your kitchen faucet you also need to determine how many holes are in your kitchen sink. Unless you are planning on updating your sink at the same time, this will determine your choice of faucet.
The recent trend in kitchen renovations is to mount the sink beneath the countertop, resulting in a seamless integration. Holes are now being drilled into sinks, which means your choice of kitchen faucet isn’t constrained by the number of pre-existing holes.
Have you fallen in love with a single hole faucet, but have a three hole sink? Don’t despair. Most faucet manufacturers provide an escutcheon with their faucet kits. An escutcheon is a metal plate that you can use to cover the unused holes in your sink, creating a seamless-looking mount for your faucet. Double check the kit contents to be sure it’s available for your choice of faucet.
The next item on your list of considerations is the size of the faucet. You need to evaluate how you use your kitchen sink. Do you fill and wash a lot of large pans? Then you need to purchase a faucet tall enough to accommodate them.
Is your sink located underneath your kitchen cabinets where space is a premium? If so, you need to look at a shorter faucet with the controls located on the side of the unit or mounted on the countertop.
Here are the dimensions you need to look for when making your choice.
The height of a faucet refers to either the distance between the base of the unit and the water outlet or the highest point of the faucet.
Note: Manufacturers use these measurements interchangeably, so be certain which one they are referring to when you make your purchase.
How a faucet curves is described as its arc. A high arc, or "gooseneck", is a great choice for cooks who use a lot of tall pots for their dishes. This feature makes filling and cleaning much easier. Anything 8 inches in height or higher is ideal. Faucets with an arc of less than 8 in. generally come out at a 45-degree angle. These faucets are ideal for sinks located underneath kitchen cupboards or where space is at a premium.
Reach describes how far the faucet hangs over the sink. It’s important to get this right. If your faucet hangs out too far you risk splashing water on the floor, and if it’s too short you could strain yourself trying to reach it. A good rule of thumb is the spray from your faucet should go directly down the drain. If you prefer a short reach but are worried it might cause difficulty, you can compensate for this with the addition of a pull-out or side sprayer.
It used to be that kitchen faucets all came with the same stainless steel finish. Not anymore! Faucets come in a variety of colours and finishes to complement any decor. From matte black to polished chrome, you are sure to find one that suits your kitchen’s aesthetic.
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