If your old bathroom faucet is starting to reach the ends of its days, there are points to ponder before you decide to replace it. The main factors to consider when choosing a new faucet are compatibility with the sink, visual appeal, and efficiency in water use.
Compatibility is the most important factor because if the faucet doesn't match your sink, the other factors are irrelevant. Of course, aesthetics and efficiency are also important, because they are the most likely reasons that you are considering the faucet replacement.
If your sink has a single opening for both the hot and cold supply lines, you'll need a single handle faucet that can accommodate both hot and cold water supply with a single swiveling handle. Sinks with dual openings for the two supply connections usually have a standard 4-inch space between the openings, so if your old faucet's handles are more than 4 inches apart, you'll need to find a non-standard faucet to match the sink.
Practicality is also an issue when considering compatibility. If you have a smaller sink, you don't want to install a faucet with a long extending spout that will splash water over the side of the sink. Likewise, a faucet with a high gooseneck spout (it looks like it sounds) may also create unnecessary splashing when installed in a smaller sink.
Whether you're attempting to match the decor of your bathroom or begin a transition to a new style with a replacement faucet, you should consider your future plans for the bathroom, because your new faucet will likely be around for many years.
Low flow faucets are the way to go when you are trying to save money and water. These faucets are designed to minimize water flow while maintaining the same level of pressure as conventional faucets. Over time, these high-efficiency faucets will pay for themselves in reduced water bills, especially in homes with larger families.
If you're on the fence about changing your faucet, but still want the advantages of low flow efficiency, you can always replace the aerator with a high-efficiency model. The aerator is the screen that is attached to the end of the spout inside a threaded cap.
Aerators add air to the water flowing from the spout to create a spray instead of a stream of water. High-efficiency aerators allow less water to flow per minute while keeping the pressure at an adequate level. For more information and assistance, contact a company like Do-It-Ur-Self Plumbing & Heating Supply.