When it comes to replacing a bathroom faucet, most people will postpone it as long as possible due to the process of installation, but there is no reason for that kind of behavior. Because a single-hole bathroom faucet is your best option. Why? A single bathroom faucet seeks on your behalf minimal possible cost and work. Actually, your current faucet plumbing and opening will likely work with the majority of replacements.
Big chances are that you will not even need experience in this field or professional assistance. Replacement of a bathroom faucet is something that every beginner can do without a question. As long as big reparations and other fixtures are not necessary ( for example, switching from a tree hole to a single hole faucet). And it may take only a half of your day to do the replacement.
You can buy a single-hole bathroom faucet for a minimum of 30$, but it can also cost over 200$. The price depends on selection, material, and design. Down below are listed the three most popular single-hole bathroom faucet designs.
Standard single hole bathroom faucet
If you have a habit of making changes in design from time to time, then themed bathroom faucets will not suit you. In that case, your best choice would be a standard single-hole bathroom faucet that has a basal design and allows you to decorate your entire bathroom as you like, and change it as many times as you want.
Contemporary bathroom vessel sink faucet
Because of their comprehensive and exceptional design, and their remarkable functionality vessel sinks are becoming more and more famous. With a simple and spick design, this bathroom faucet is an excellent appendage for a bathroom vanity unit, or a new bathroom, and can even function as an update to an existing faucet.
Victorian double handle single hole bathroom faucet
Bathrooms decorated in an antique or traditional manner will urge for traditional in nature faucet design. Typically this kind of bathroom faucet has a bronze finish which gives away that feeling of nature. They also have a brass construction, which altogether makes this type of faucet a little more expensive. But it all pays off because of that as mentioned previously brass construction which lasts for years to come and does not require any replacement.
How to buy a new bathroom faucet?
So you are in the buying mood for a new bathroom faucet. But first, there are some things that you need to consider before you buy a new single-hole bathroom faucet. For starters, the dimension of the faucet opening will have an important effect if you buy a double handle or a compact pull handle design. Choosing between these two calls upon reconstructions to your countertop, and could be challenging for complete newbies.
Another thing, the cost has to be put into consideration. Some finishes are more durable and are easy for cleaning. It would be wise to see your new faucet is an important investment towards your long–term bathroom design. If you still have any doubts about what fits you, then ask for some professional advice. A bathroom faucet plays an important role in bathroom design.
Since not every faucet is created equal, you can make sure that your bathroom faucet has a long life by picking the right size, faucet valve, and finish.
The Faucet Size
To begin with, there are 3 sizes of faucet and handle spread traditionally used in a countertop mounted faucet. The single-hole bathroom faucet is drilled into the counter and of course, has one hole. The faucet itself can have a single lever mounted on top, or 2 handles coming off of its stem. Single-hole faucets generally have a more contemporary design and work well with a vessel sink.
A 4” or center spread faucet like the one you see in the picture above uses three holes in the counter, drilled 4” apart from the center of each of the handles. We can sort out two styles of faucets into this spread. A center-set faucet consists of an escutcheon plate onto which the handles and spout are mounted.
And a mini spread faucet that does not have an escutcheon plate; the spout and handles are mounted directly to the counter. It is harder keeping clean a 4” spread faucet as the handles and spout are mounted so close together that it can be very challenging to get in the middle to wipe up water and everything else that may fall in between.
It is completely possible to drill a smaller pedestal sink for a 4” spread to save space on either side. For those who are in desperate need of some more space, choosing a single hole bathroom faucet is their best option.
An 8” or widespread faucet uses three holes drilled 8” apart from the center of each handle. They are easier to clean unlike a 4” spread faucet and can be found in any style. The widespread faucet is the size most used among faucet sizes because it suits almost every bathroom décor.
The Faucet Valve
Surprisingly, not many people pay attention to a faucet valve considering that the faucet valve is the crucial part of the faucet. When your bathroom faucet is leaking, the main cause may be that the single-hole bathroom faucet valve is wearing out. Not to worry, if you pick a long-wearing valve, this will never be your problem.
If you look closely, on some faucets the disc on the valve on which the handle turns is entirely plastic. You can see that on older and cheaper faucets. The cuttings from hard water and constant turning of a bathroom handle can wear down the plastic part. In order to turn off the faucet and stop the dripping, homeowners have to turn the faucet handle tighter each time they do it.
So of course, after some time the plastic part is so used up that the handle cannot be twisted so tightly to fully turn off the flow of the water.
But nowadays, the valve’s discs are not made out of plastic anymore. Now they are made out of ceramic because it does not matter how many times did you twist the handle, or how hard did you do it. Ceramic valves last. And although they are a bit more expensive than the plastic valves, in the end, it really pays off. Ceramic valves save you money and trouble in the long run.
Faucet finishes like satin nickel, polished nickel, and other types of metal finishes are sensitive to cleaning agents, long-term utilization, and of course hard water. And exactly because of that they go up and down in the popularity contest in bathroom decor. If physical vapor deposition is coating the faucet finish then it will be impermeable to everything. The only thing that will get through is bleach.
So in order to maintain faucet looks and durability avoid using bleach at all costs. But you are welcome to use any other cleaning product without the risk of damaging your faucet finish.
Then there is polished chrome which is the cheapest faucet and the easiest finish faucet you can find out there. Chrome is similar to nickel in that they both have silver tones, with chrome having a slightly cooler tone. Also, chrome is easier to clean, and it is impervious to stains and wear. If you want to use bleach as a means of cleaning your single-hole bathroom faucet then polished chrome is a way to go.
Powder coat finishes are perfect for those people who want to have their faucet in red, white, black, or any other color. But they should keep in mind that the only thing that powder coat is not impervious to is scrubbing, and they are a bit harder to find on the market.