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The ABCs of Faucets

posted Oct 16, 2017, 11:54 AM by Kathy Marr   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 1:00 PM ]

One of the more important selections in a bath or kitchen remodel is your faucet. But, all faucets are not the same. Selecting the right faucet for your kitchen or bath is easier to do when you understand the industry terminology. Gooseneck, bridge and vessel filler are some terms used to describe faucet styles and features, but what do they mean? Learn the language to help you pick the best faucet for your kitchen or bathroom.

 

Bar Faucets

A faucet that is used in conjunction with a small, secondary sink to allow for convenient beverage servicing is known as a bar faucet. Adding a bar faucet to create a mini-bar in your home is ideal when entertaining and will free up your main kitchen sink and faucet or to give access to water in other areas of the home. This sink can be located in a bar area (surprise!), in a master suite, family room/home theater or even in a kitchen/pantry prep area.


Pot Filler Faucet

The pot filler is characterized by a swing-out tap that is mounted at a higher level, this kitchen faucet makes filling large pots an easy task. A pot filler faucet is installed onto the backsplash of a stovetop to avoid having to haul heavy pans of water to conveniently boil large amounts of water.



Pull-out Faucet

 


A pull-out faucet has a nozzle on the end that is attached to the rest of the faucet by an extendable hose. A kitchen faucet equipped with a pull-out spray eliminates the need for a secondary sprayer and makes it easy to remove sticky foods from plates and silverware and to rinse out the sink.


Wall Mount Faucets

 

Instead of being mounted on top of the counter or sink as is commonly seen, this type of faucet is mounted on the wall behind the basin adding a modern flair to your home design. A wall mount faucet can be installed above a kitchen sink, lavatory sink or a bathtub and is a true space saving design.

 



Bridge Faucet

 


Characterized by two faucet handles and a spout connected by a parallel bar, this faucet gets its name because of its resemblance to a bridge. Bridge faucets fit perfectly in both lavatories and kitchens, and while there is no special functionality to this faucet it fits decors that have a very traditional aesthetic.

 

Vessel Filler Faucet


A lavatory sink that is mounted above the surface of a counter as a separate installation in contrast to a sink that drops into the countertop is known as a vessel sink. A vessel filler faucet is constructed with a height to specifically to stand above the brim of a vessel sink and is typically a single-column faucet.




Deck Mount Faucet


Instead of mounting a faucet directly to the sink, a deck mount faucet is mounted flush to the surface of the counter behind the sink, which eliminates the need to find a kitchen or bathroom sink with a matching number of holes as the faucet. When referencing the bathtub, a deck mount faucet is may also be referred to as a Roman tub faucet.



Gooseneck Faucet


A faucet spout that has a rounded arch design is known as a gooseneck faucet. Gooseneck faucets can vary in height, but are most commonly found in high-arching faucets which measure over 8 inches high.  A gooseneck faucet in your kitchen makes washing large pots and pans a breeze.

                

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