A Guide to Faucets

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Kitchen and bathroom faucets come in all shapes and sizes and it can be quite daunting when looking at all of the options available.  This article will help to give you some guidance when considering what style and finish you should purchase.  There are three particular styles of faucets that you will need to consider.  The faucet includes the hot and cold handles as well as the spout.  You can either have a faucet that is widespread, single lever or center-set.  According to widepreadfaucet.com, a widespread faucet has independent handles that are roughly 8’’ from the faucet.  The connecting pipes are hidden under the countertop.  A single lever faucet is, as the name implies, controlled by one handle at the base of the faucet.  You turn the lever left for hot water, right for cold water and up and down to control the water pressure.  Center-set faucets are compact faucets which combine the spout and handles in one design.  They are a good choice if you are lacking space.

The finish of your faucet adds a crucial dimension to your kitchen and bathroom décor.  You can choose to have your faucet finished in bronze, brass, gold and even brushed nickel.  For example, an oil rubbed bronze faucet can add elegance and style to any kitchen or bathroom. Visit bronze-faucet.com for examples. Look online for pictures of each finish to see what will be a good match for your room.

Advances in technology have made for simplicity in the kitchen.  Some faucets have the ability to be turned on and off by the simple touch of a finger or wrist.  This is a great convenience for anyone who has cooked and knows the perils of touching faucet handles with messy hands.  It can be a tough chore cleaning them up.  Now if you have messy hands you can simply touch the spout of the facet with your clean wrist or elbow to start the water.  All you need to do it tap it again to turn it off.  Touch-faucet.com has more information and examples.  Look for more and more touch faucets to start popping up in your local hardware store and in online retailers.


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