Faucets and fixtures are one of those things you’ve probably never thought about — until it came time to choose one for your custom built or remodeled home. Before you head to the hardware store and face the overwhelming array of options, here’s a breakdown of your choices!
Ball faucets feature a single handle, rotating around a ball that it is mounted on. This mechanism requires a significant number of seals and moving parts to work seamlessly, so you should be aware in advance that it does run a high risk of leaking.
However, there is a massive convenience benefit to the single handle, especially in kitchen sinks. Single handle faucets are quick and easy to use. They’re also easy to clean. With a wide range of neck and handle types available, this design is simple and versatile.
Compression faucets are the type that has been around for longest. Featuring two rotating handles for hot and cold and two individual stem assemblies, there is endless room for creativity in selecting handles and neck types.
Because of this type of faucet’s simplicity and classic design, it tends to be the most affordable. They also have a tendency towards leaking however, so you’ll want to opt for the more quality end of the options here.
A cartridge faucet can be either single- or double-handled. It’s similar in concept to a compression faucet, but doesn’t require you to twist a handle repeatedly to provide enough pressure to seal the valve; a cartridge faucet usually only requires a half turn.
This type of faucet is a useful midway point between some of the other kinds. It’s easier to use than a compression faucet, and has the benefit of being able to be installed with either one or two handles.
Ceramic Disc Faucets
This is the most recent development in faucet technology. Ceramic disc faucets operate with two discs, a fixed lower one and a mobile upper one, moving against each other to let water go through or stop it. This single handle faucet design usually has a larger body to accommodate the disks.
These faucets quickly caught on in high end brands due to their extremely tight seal, resistance to leaking and overall ability to endure wear and tear. More and more manufacturers are picking up making this type of structure.
Once you have determined the type of valve that you want, the rest of your fixture choosing follows — answering questions about handle shape, mounting and what type of finish you want.
If you feel like you need a little professional help choosing the right options along the way, Walgrove is here to help.
Contact us today to find out how our designers can make even the details of fixtures and faucets your own.