Tub and shower faucets are an easy way to add a stylish accent to your bathroom
The two main factors to consider when adding a tub or shower faucet are the configuration of your previous faucet and your own personal style.
Tub Faucet Installation Techniques
There are three main tub faucet installation techniques:
- Wall Mount/Tub Mount. Faucets are installed through pre-drilled holes through the tub wall or on the bathroom wall over tubs. Pipes are concealed and the spouts and handles are exposed.
- Freestanding. Faucets are used with tubs without pre-drilled holes. The pipes come up out of the floor and are exposed and secured to the tub or wall for support.
- Deck-Mount. Faucets installed through pre-drilled holes in the tub rim (called the deck) or may be installed on the tile surface on a drop-in tub. The pipes are concealed and the spouts and handles are exposed.
Additional Tub Faucet Considerations
- May have one, two or three handles
- Has a handle as a diverter instead of a diverter located on the tub spout
Not interchangeable with sink faucets
Shower Faucet Considerations
- Usually wall-mounted, but can be tub-mounted in tub/shower combos
May have one or two handles with a third handle that serves as diverter for the shower
Tub and shower faucet can be replaced with a shower-only faucet by covering the unused hole with a spout hole cover
Some single-handle models offer more precise control of volume and temperature of water
Material and Finish
- Chrome. Polished, brushed or matte finish. Durable, economical and easy to clean. Resists oxidation but does show water marks.
- Nickel. Brushed or satin look. Durable and easy to clean. Units with titanium finish better resists scratching and tarnish.
- Mixed Colors and Metallic Tones. Can be easily matched to existing color scheme.
Brass. May have a high gloss, satin or antique finish. Resists damage and wear.
Bronze. Complements neutral color palettes. May have a polished, brushed or darker oil-rubbed look with highlights. Resists scratches, tarnishing and corrosion.
Diverters. Shifts the flow of water from the spout to the showerhead. Commonly located on the spout and pulled upward when water is flowing to activate the showerhead.
Hand Showers. Makes rinsing off and tub cleaning easier. May require an additional hole in the tub for installation.
Anti-Scald Valves. Protects from sudden bursts of scalding hot or freezing cold water when a toilet is flushed or the dishwasher starts.
Pressure-Balancing Valves. Maintains preset water temperature when hot or cold water pressure suddenly drops.
Thermostatic Valves. Monitors temperature and adjusts the flow of hot and cold water to maintain a preset temperature.