From breakrooms to bathrooms, the right faucet makes a difference. Choose a gooseneck faucet for the best experience in utility sinks or touch-free bathroom faucet to reduce the spread of germs.
If precise temperature control is the goal, you need a double-handle faucet. When you want to keep your bathrooms and common areas sanitary, choose a touchless faucet.
Bacteria survives on high-touch surfaces like faucet handles for hours, and touchless faucets can keep your property cleaner and more hygienic. Single- or double-handle faucets may require more cleaning but have the benefit of being usable without electricity.
Faucets can be mounted on sinks, countertops and walls. Deck-mounted faucets are often preferred for kitchens and bathrooms due to ease of installation and replacement, but wall-mounted faucets provide more workspace in utility sinks or commercial kitchens.
If there is an exterior wall behind your wall-mounted sink, insulate your pipes to protect from freezing during winter.
Residential and commercial kitchen faucets come with sprayers for additional flexibility. Sprayers are also common in utility sinks and are available in three forms.
• Pull down sprayers are part of taller spouts and adjust to hot and cold water
• Pull out sprayers are shorter and can be aimed in multiple directions
• Side sprayers require an extra mounting hole
Match your faucet finish to the hardware in your kitchen, break room or bathroom remodel. Where stainless steel is better suited to commercial labs, bronze may fit the look of multifamily properties.
To determine the ideal length of your spout, measure from the drain to the center faucet hole. A fixed spout should arc to the center of the sink where a swivel faucet should be long enough to turn across several bowls.
Higher spouts, such as goosenecks, are best for utility sinks or kitchen sinks, because they create more space for washing. Lower spouts are common on bathroom sinks because they minimize splashing from the basin.
Choose a preferred faucet before investing in a new sink. Sinks are available in a range of styles with one to four mounting holes.
If you buy a new faucet for an existing sink, you must match faucet selection to mounting holes or cover extra holes. Never drill additional holes into a sink.
Consider escutcheons and deck plates to cover unused mounting holes. Choose a model that matches the finish and shape of your faucet.
Stay ahead of maintenance emergencies. Stock up on faucet repair and installation parts so you can quickly respond to complaints from employees or residents.