Bath Sinks and Faucets

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Bathroom sinks come in a variety of styles and materials. Drop-in sinks are the most economical; however, the lip where the sink meets the countertop can pose a cleaning challenge. Undermount sinks are installed beneath the countertop, so there is less of an issue cleaning around the edge than with a more standard drop-in sink. The easiest sinks to keep clean are ones where the sink and countertop are made all of one piece. A new choice is called a “vessel” sink, because it looks like a bowl that sits on top of the counter. Pedestal sinks can give a period look to a bath and are useful in smaller spaces. Sinks can also be part of bathroom cabinetry that combines a sink and vanity.

The sink material itself is most often vitreous china. But other options are available today, such as metal, including stainless steel and copper; glass, which can be fragile; or cultured marble, made from a combination of marble and polyester resin.

Faucets

Faucet picThere are many different styles of bath faucets available. Your kitchen designer can help you find the faucet that will really set the whole style of your bath.

Most faucets use cartridge, ball or ceramic disc valves. A faucet with a ceramic disk valve and solid brass base materials will be the most durable.

 

 

Faucets are made in several configurations:

  1. Single set: Has a spout and a single mixing handle all in one, and needs only one hole.
  2. Two-handle centerset: Has spout and both handles on a single base and each valve needs a separate hole.
  3. Wide-spread faucet: Has a spout with separate hot and cold water handles and needs three holes.
  4. Wall-mounted: Has a separate wall-mounted valve and drain, and is usually used for vessel sinks.

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Here’s a fun way to investigate a lot of bath faucet options. The Moen company has a “bath design” feature to let you change faucet styles, cabinet and wall colors, and more.