Safety always is an important concern in any bathroom project; consider incorporating the following key accessories into your next project:
- An anti-scald device limits the water temperature, eliminating the possibility of accidental scalding.
- A temporary-memory device attaches to a single-handle faucet and restricts the handle so that it can’t reach the hottest setting.
- Electronic hands-free operation/motion-sensor faucets assist people with disabilities, arthritis sufferers, children and anyone with wet hands.
Once you have chosen a style, examine the construction and finish of the brands and models you’re considering. Generally, a well-made faucet will feel heavy and solid in your hands.
The finish on a faucet affects its appearance, price and maintenance. Faucets are available in a wide range of finishes:
Chrome finishes are available in polished, brushed or matte. Polished chrome is extremely hard, easily cleaned and doesn’t oxidize; brushed or matte chrome has a softer appearance and is just as durable.
Brass fixtures are available in polished, satin, and antique finishes. Look for those with titanium finishes, which are scratch- and fade-resistant.
Baked enamel or epoxy-coated finishes are available in a wide range of colors. Unfortunately, they are prone to chipping and fading over time, and some chemicals can damage their color.
Nickel also is available in polished, brushed or matte finishes and offers a softer tone than hard chrome.