Regardless of whether you’re working on a new construction, remodeling your old, out of date bathroom or simply looking to upgrade your bathroom faucets, there are a few factors that you should be well aware of before purchasing.
How Do You Know When It’s Time for a New Faucet?
There are three signs that say loud and clear that your bathroom faucets are treading water, and it’s time to get a new set:
- Their finish is dull or pitted (like the image to the left).
- They still drip no matter how many times they are repaired.
- Their style looks dated, especially with the remodel you’re planning.
If you’re experienced any of the above, it’s due time to purchase a new bathroom faucet. You might assume that you need to pay $400 plus for top quality faucets but there are hundreds of different varieties, including quality faucets for $100 with five year warranties. It’s important, though, when you’re shopping for new faucets, that you don’t settle for those poor-quality pretenders that glisten as brightly as top-of-the-line models. Settling for less won’t get you anywhere. In fact, while you might save a few hundred dollars up front it’s likely that you will spend more in the long run on maintenance or repairs.
Aside from the price of bathroom faucets, the harder questions you will need to answer before buying might (and should) include:
- What materials or finishes were used in the faucets you’re considering?
- Will the faucets last and still be easy to clean? Or will they become difficult to maintain?
- If their is a problem with the faucets in the future, how difficult or expensive will the repairs be?
So, you should basically be considering which faucets will provide you with the style and service you want and need, but will remain economical in the long run. The last thing you want is to purchase bathroom faucets that will cause you problem after problem, resulting in more money spent.
Now, aside from their features and style, you will want to start checking out the body of the faucet, which encompasses the spout and controls. Today, solid bras bodies last longer and usually require the least care, especially if your home has hard water. Hard water will corrode other materials, which will result in repairs or even a need for a replacement faucet sooner than you would like.
Despite what you might think, the finish of your chosen faucet should really be another crucial decision as it will determine how the faucet will look, but also how it will be maintained.
There are a variety of great brands on the market that offer a low reasonable price, as well as brilliant finishes including Moen, Delta, Cascade and Speakman. At Westside Wholesale we have a diverse selection of double and single lever, single, double and triple hole mount faucets, in addition to a variety of different accessories that will help you make your decision making process a no-hassle experience.
If you need any assistance or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.