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faucet upgradesBathroom remodeling is included in 78% of renovations in the U.S., according to the National Association of Home Builders’ annual remodeling survey. Faucet upgrades might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re focusing on a bathroom remodeling project, but you’d be surprised at just how much a simple faucet change can improve your plumbing and the look of your bathroom. Not sure how to pick the best faucet for your new and improved master bathroom?

Here are the things you need to be considering:

Types of Faucets
Retrofitting a faucet to fit your sink can be a tricky business. It requires sticking to the original type and size of faucet you had, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Whether you decide to retrofit your new faucet or rebuild your entire sink, here are some different types of faucet upgrades you can choose from:

  • Single-hole: Single-hole faucets combine the spout and mixing handles into a single unit that only requires one sink hole. This is one retrofitting option that can cover existing three-hole openings.
  • Center-set: These faucets sit standard three-hole fittings and typically house two handles and a faucet mounted on a plate.
  • Wall Mount: Wall mount faucets are becoming more and more popular, especially among freestanding or vessel sinks. They save sink space and provide a modern touch.

Any of these types of sinks are popular choices, but it’s important to think about your current sink. You’ll need to decide whether you’re replacing the sink completely or simply upgrading your faucets before you commit to one of the options above.

Faucet Finishes
There are seemingly endless options when it comes to finishes for your bathroom renovation. You could go brassy, bronze, silver, gold, or even a matte black if that’s your style. But before you get overwhelmed, here are some finish decision tips to help you out:

  • When in doubt, focus on the look. The metal doesn’t matter as much as the overall color and aesthetic.
  • Coordinate all of your bathroom finishes. If the sink faucet clashes with the bathtub faucet, it might look a little strange. Make sure your new fixtures match all the others in the room.
  • Polished finishes require more extensive cleaning. If you want low-maintenance, consider a brushed finish.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your whole home’s plumbing services, give your entire bathroom a makeover, or just want to replace leaky faucets, these are the things you should be considering!