Bathroom Sinks and Faucets Remodeling
If you are planning on remodeling your bathrooms or master bath, new countertops are a necessity.Many times you can keep or refurbish existing cabinets, and only replace the countertops. Upon doing so, youshould always replace your sink and faucet hardware at the same time. You can easily find inexpensive sinks and faucets that will greatly add value and appeal to your bathroom, and these items should never be overlooked.
Undermount sinks are commonly used when counters are placed with natural stone or similar materials. Undermount sinks are delicately attached beneath the counter surface, giving the feel and appearance of a deeper sink and provide more room for hand washing and water access under the faucet. Be sure that any sink you install has emergency drainage in case a faucet is left on accidentally.
Bowl-style Sinks normally sit atop a platform or pedestal, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials. Bowl sinks add a classic yet refined look to contemporary bathrooms, and can actually save you money. Some bowl-style sinks may require a cutout in your bathroom counter, so be sure to consult with one of our remodeling specialists before purchasing a sink or hardware.
Pedestal sinks are normally molded as a single piece, and include the pedestal that the sink sits on. These style sinks are great for smaller spaces, like half-baths, and are usually easy to clean and maintain.
Though they may apear similar, bathroom faucets are primarily made up of four different types. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, and we will address each below. The first three (ball, disc and cartridge) are all types of washerless faucets since they do not use rubber or neoprene washers. The latter (compression) is very much your basic washer faucet.
- Ball Faucets are identifiable by their single handle which moves over a rounded ball shaped cap right above the base of the faucet spout.
- Ceramic Disc Faucets are the latest development in modern faucet technology. They are identifiable by their single lever over a wide cylindrical body.
- Single Handle Cartridge Faucets operate with a movable stem cartridge that moves up and down to regulate flow. They are identifiable more by how they feel when they operate than how they look
- Compression Faucets are identifiable by their separate hot and cold water handles and their action requiring you to tighten the handles down to close off the water flow.