Single lever lav faucet

What is important to look for when buying a faucet?  That is, after making a decision on the style and finish you want!

  1. Material the body is made of; that is, the spout and controls.
  2. Solid brass bodies last longest and require least care; these start at about $150. The box should read “all-brass body” and will be heavier than other faucets.
  3. Die-cast zinc-alloy bodies provide good durability and cost considerably less, starting at about $70. The box should read ZMACK for brass or chrome plated fittings.
  4. It is recommended to avoid purchasing faucets with plastic bodies, as they do not hold up well. These can range in price from $25 to $50.
  5. Finish can determine how easy it is to care for and clean the faucet.
  6. Electroplated chrome on a brass or zinc faucet looks good and lasts.
  7. Pewter, nickel and satin finishes are also easy to maintain.
  8. First measure the holes in the sink to be sure to get a faucet that fits your sink. Small lavs typically have 3 holes that span 4 in.; other possible dimensions are 6, 8 or 12 in spreads, although these are less common.
  9. For older users or those who have difficulty turning knobs, a single lever faucet, or blade type handles are best.
  10. For homes with small children, single handle faucets are recommended, as they are less likely to get full hot temperature.
  11. The valves inside the faucet:
  12. Sleeve-cartridge valves are used in one and two handle faucets. These are easy to replace. Cost is between $10 and $20.
  13. Ball valves are used in single handle faucets only. These are durable, but when they do need replacing, use metal with a kit – guess what? They last longer than plastic. Cost is around $10.
  14. Ceramic disk valves. This is considered the best, but the other types work just fine; the ceramic valves cost around $20.

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