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    Lavatory Faucets: A buying guide

    Accessorize your Bathroom

    Replacing a lavatory faucet is a small change that can greatly enhance the look of your bathroom; consider it jewellery for your home. Bathroom faucets are available in an array of styles and finishes, and prices to suit any budget. In the case of a complete bath renovation or new home, you will have the flexibility to plan the décor around your faucet.

    Choosing the Right Lavatory Faucet

    Consider the following when selecting your lavatory faucet:

    • Size of sink and location of the holes
    • Function, style and finish
    • Number and type of handles

    Size of Sink

    • Faucets are measured by the distance between the centre of the outer holes. The most common types of sinks have 4" or 8" centres.

    Planning Considerations

    Most jurisdictions require maximum water flow be restricted to 2.2 gallons per minute (GPM) or 8.3 litres per minute (L/Min) at 60 psi for all new faucet installations. To ensure compliance, look for a logo from a third party certifier such as CSA, IAPMO, NSF, UL, or ETL.

    Style, Finish and Function

    • Types of lavatory faucets are: 4" centre-set, single-control (single-hole) or 8" - 16" widespread.
    • Some popular finishes include:

    Polished Chrome

    Polished Chrome Finish

    Brushed Nickel

    Brushed Nickel Finish

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze

    Bronze Finish

    Polished Brass

    Brushed Brass Finish

    Stainless Steel

    Stainless Steel Finish

    Find the perfect accents to match your faucet style and finish selection.

    • Faucets may come with or without pop-up drain assembly.
    • Spouts may be aerated or non-aerated. Aerated spouts mix air with the water and utilize a screen and restrictor to limit flow while improving water pressure. Non-aerated spouts do not have a screen and allow water to flow freely, causing a waterfall-like effect.
    • Pullout design is available for some lavatory faucets. The flexible hose allows you to reach any part of your sink.
    • The internal valve mechanism governs the flow of water through the spout. The four valve types are: compression washers, washerless ball, washerless cartridge and washerless ceramic discs.
    Valve Type Benefits Points to Consider
    Compression Washers
    • Washers are inexpensive and easy to replace
    • Washers eventually wear out
    • May begin to drip over time
    Washerless Ball
    • Durable and reliable
    • Must be used with a single-handle faucet
    Washerless Cartridge
    • Durable and reliable
    • May be used with a single or two-handle faucet
    • Easy to maintain
    Washerless Ceramic Disc
    • May be used with a single or two-handle faucet
    • Virtually maintenance free
    • More expensive

    Number and Design of Handles

    • Single-handle faucets allow for easy one-hand operation.
    • Two-handle faucets offer a larger selection of styles.
    • Handle designs include:
    Lever Handle


    Cross Handle


    Round Handle


    Installation Maintenance Tips

    • Clean the surface where the faucet is to be installed.
    • Be sure to shut off your water.
    • If you are replacing an older faucet, avoid stripping the nuts by using penetrating oil to loosen them.
    • Water conditions and wear may affect the performance of your faucet over time. Changing the faucet cartridge or O-rings could significantly improve performance.
    • Clean your faucet using a damp cloth and a mild soap; avoid using harsh abrasive cleaners.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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