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What to Consider Before Upgrading Your Kitchen Faucet

Designers know that one of the simplest ways to refresh your kitchen is by updating the faucet. However, with numerous options to choose from, narrowing down your choices can seem a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry: there’s a way to simplify the process.

Below, we’ll explain the most important things you need to consider when choosing a faucet replacement, followed by three main features that can help you zero in one which type of faucet will best suit your needs.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE REPLACING YOUR FAUCET

Shopping for a faucet replacement can be exciting, but don’t start adding to your shopping cart just yet! It’s important to get familiar with faucet designs so that you can get an idea of what will best fit your budget.

Spacing and Number of Holes

If you’re installing a new faucet that can fit in exactly the same holes as your current faucet, you can typically expect the installation cost to be relatively low because the replacement is fairly simple. Conversely, if you’re planning on installing an entirely new type of faucet, the job can rise in cost quickly. This is because you will need to modify your existing counter or sink, and in some cases, you might need to replace your sink entirely if you have your heart set on a specific faucet type.

Bottom line: if you’re just looking for a low-cost upgrade to your kitchen, opt for a new faucet with the same spacing and number of holes as your current one.

Mounting Location

In home magazines, a trending option in luxury homes is the wall-mounted faucet, which is a faucet that attaches directly to the wall behind the sink. While the Old World charm of this style is undisputed, switching from a deck-mounted faucet to a wall-mounted option is definitely a job for professionals, not DIYers, and it costs more than a basic faucet replacement.

The reason? The plumber must open the wall behind your sink and run new hot and cold water supply lines to the faucet they’re installing there. Additionally, you’ll most likely want to replace your current sink because the old faucet will still be attached to it, and if you remove it, the holes will be hard to cover up.

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FAUCET OPTIONS: HANDLES, SPOUTS, AND NECKS

With the considerations above in mind, now it’s time to explore some popular options for faucet styles! Aside from numerous finishes to suit your decor (polished, satin, matte), and a wide array of colors, you’ll need to determine which features will best meet your everyday needs.

Handle Styles

One option you’ll need to decide on is the handle style. You’ll typically find three options: single, double, and touchless. Single handle faucets are relatively compact and have a sleek, minimalist look. The downside is that you don’t have quite as much control over the temperature as you would with a double handle faucet. Double handle faucets are more traditional in design with one handle for hot water and one for cold.

The latest option for homes is the “touchless” faucet, which activates via a motion sensor. This is, by far, the most hygienic option because you don’t have to risk touching a potentially dirty faucet after washing your hands to shut it off. The biggest downside is the higher price tag.

Spout Styles

While faucets traditionally feature a stationary spout, many homeowners are opting for the improved functionality of a pulldown or pullout spout, just like the faucets used in restaurant kitchens. Pulldown or pullout spouts feature a moveable faucet head on a hose that you can pull out away from the faucet neck and retract back into it. This feature comes in handy while washing produce and dishes.

Neck Styles

Your faucet’s neck can either be straight or have a gooseneck curve, and both have their pros and cons. While straight faucets are generally more budget-friendly and take up less space, you might feel cramped underneath them when trying to clean or fill up large cooking pots. Gooseneck faucets take up more room vertically and tend to carry a heftier price tag, but they let you maximize your sink’s space.

Don’t trust your DIY skills? No problem! Our expert plumbers at Michael's Plumbing Service can provide you with professional faucet replacements and installations: (615) 645-2322.