High quality and long lasting kitchen faucets & sinks are essential to having a trouble free lavatory. Dripping and leaking faucets are the source of so many kitchen regrets. So often we see folks putting in granite countertops but using cheaply made faucets that will start to drip or fail within a few years. Don’t make this mistake! Let us help guide you through choosing a well made faucet that will last a lifetime.
How to Judge a High Quality Kitchen Faucet
When you go to the local home big box store you’re met with a dizzying array of beautiful kitchen faucets. Don’t be fooled into believing that all or equal, or that price is indicative of quality. Many of these faucets are beautiful out of the box, but begin to corrode and the finish flakes off after a few years of use.
It’s almost possible to judge the quality of a faucet based on it weight. In most cases the weight of the faucet is a sign of the type of components of which it is comprised. Brass and copper are heavier than plastic and pot metal.
Take the faucet out of its packaging and look at the mounting tubes. Are the copper or plastic? Do you best to determine the build quality of the rest of the components.If it appears to be well constructed then it cost more to manufacture.
Reliability and Repair-ability
The best and most reliable designs are those which have been around for decades. Newer designs may be great too but you won’t know until they are several years old. An important question to ask before purchasing a new kitchen faucet is the availability of parts. All faucets have parts that will need to be replaced after several years of use. Brands like Delta and Moen almost always offer parts for decades. No-name in-house brands from the big box stores may not be repairable in the future. To learn more visit our page Kitchen Faucet Repair & Replacement.
Kitchen sinks come in two varieties: over counter mount and under counter mount. Under counter mount sinks are used with solid surface counter tops such as granite. Over counter mount sinks are used with Formica covered wood.
The biggest benefit of under counter mount sinks is cleanup. It’s much easier to simply wipe them down without having to work your way around the caulked lip of over counter mount designs.
Kitchen Sink Quality
Both over and under counter mount sinks come in different quality levels. Cast iron is the highest quality but it’s porcelain covering can be chipped. Stainless steel is a good option and comes in different gauges (thickness). The heavier the gauge the more durable the sink will be.
Cost vs Longevity
A granite counter top with a cast iron sink can last for several lifetimes, but it is also the most expensive. Using stainless will reduce the cost and the longevity is the same, if not more, but it’s a bit noisier when water is run.
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