3 Questions to Ask When Selecting a New Kitchen Faucet

Posted on: 16 December 2016

Your kitchen faucet is not just a functional piece of plumbing equipment in your kitchen. It can also complement the overall design of your kitchen. Therefore, it is important to carefully consider your choices before selecting the new faucet for your kitchen sink. Here are some questions to ask when looking for the right faucet.  

Is a Low Arc or High Arc Faucet Better?

Since the faucet extends over your sink, you need to consider its arc. A low arc sink hangs only a few inches above your sink's surface, while a high arc faucet tends to be inches higher. The arc allows for pots and other items to be placed in the sink without being right under the faucet.  

When deciding which type of arc you need, you have to consider the depth of your sink and the size of the pots and other items you place in the sink. For instance, if you have a deep sink, a low arc faucet could work even if you wash large pots and pans in the sink.  

How Many Holes Does Your Countertop Have?

Your countertop currently has holes drilled into it to fit your old faucet and possibly a sprayer. When shopping for a new faucet, you can either choose to find a faucet that will fit in with the current holes or a different one that requires fewer or more holes.  

If you are considering a faucet with fewer holes, you can choose to place caps over those holes or install a different fixture in its place. For instance, you could have your plumber install a soap dispenser.  

What Type of Finish Complements Your Kitchen?

Kitchen faucets are available in bronze, chrome, and nickel finishes. Although all of the finishes are metal based, they will have a different impact on the decor in your kitchen. The finish you select needs to complement your kitchen. The wrong selection can clash with the room.  

One simple way of finding the right finish is to turn to the hardware on your cabinets. If you have other metal finishes in the kitchen, pay attention to those, too. Select a finish that works well with the others.  

Your plumber can help make the selection process easier. If there are other special considerations you need to factor into your decision, he or she can aid with identifying them and finding a faucet that fits your selection criteria. Talk to a plumber like those at Do-It-Ur-Self Plumbing & Heating Supply for more information.