Whether the faucet in question is in your bathroom, your kitchen or tucked into your wet bar, a quick change can go a long way to sprucing up a room. More importantly, if you’ve got a leaky faucet on your hands, you owe it to the environment (and your wallet!) to replace it!
Online shopping websites and home improvement superstores have made it easier than ever to get a faucet that fits your needs without breaking the bank. That last bit is key too – you can quite easily spend upwards of $300 on a fairly standard kitchen faucet. It’s important to remember to stay within your budget because when doing things yourself, there’s always a likelihood of additional costs springing up on you.
Let’s look at a few things to consider when you’re in the market for a new faucet.
Where’s Your Faucet Going?
Well, duh! There are a ton of different faucet styles for every room in your house. Your kitchen may have a top of the line touch-based spray nozzle system. Your bathroom may have a two handle standard. Your wet bar downstairs has a simple single lever, U-shaped faucet. And, your laundry room might have something that’s a bit more functional than it is good looking.
In short, make sure you get the faucet that will meet your needs, in the room you need it!
What’s Your Budget?
As we alluded to earlier, you can spend anywhere from $30-$300 on a faucet quite easily in your local big-box home improvement warehouse. If you go to a specialty kitchen and bath store, you could expect to pay far above that $300 price tag. If that’s what you want, great, but know what your budget is going to be before you head out.
What’s Your Space Look Like?
This depends a bit on where the faucet is going, but there are a few key things to look for. First, is your new faucet going to be on top of a counter? You should plan on using a bit of plumber’s putty to make that seal nice and tight.
You should also see how many holes there are in the surface. Countertops can have a wide variety of holes which correspond to the type of faucet you need to get. If you’ve only got one, that means you either need to drill another hole (not ideal) or select a faucet which has all of its houses routed through the single space. If you’ve got three (common in bathrooms), you can easily install a spigot, with two handles side by side, one for cold and one for hot water.
What Size are your Feeders?
This is a pretty important. The faucet you purchase will likely already come with water feeders in it. You’ll want to ensure that they are the same size as the valves in the wall. If they’re not, you may need to purchase an extra reducer or coupling to ensure a good fit. This is also a great use for plumber’s tape – wrap it three times around each thread and you’re all set!
What style are you going for?
This is really the most important thing. Faucets come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Learn about interior design trends if you want an easier time communicating your personal tastes when shopping around.