One of the most important fixture in a kitchen is the tap. Its main function is to dispense water for washing dishes, cooking and an array of other uses. The lifespan of a tap ranges from 5 to 10 years. Some consumers may have to change taps more often as the water acidity, usage and quality of the material varies thus affecting its performance. In order to save cost and trouble for you, here are major qualities to consider in choosing a tap for your home.
You have two options in this matter – a deck-mounted or wall-mounted tap. A deck-mounted tap attached to the counter top or the sink. Though this style allows you to reuse the existing sink, it limits your styling options. The style occupies space in your kitchen counter and is found to accumulate dirt, grime and water between the wall and the tap. A wall-mounted tap is drilled through the walls. This type of tap saves a lot of space in your counter and the clean up will be very easy as it eliminates clutter. The setback comes with the design itself since the plumber has to get the measurements exact during installation to get all the features where you need them.
Pick either a traditional tap or the techy hands-free tap. The traditional tap handle is the one with handle stemming from the tap body. You can choose to either have one handle that mixes the hot and cold water or separate knobs on the side of the tap. Along with being easy to install, this comes in a wide array of styles to choose from. However, the temperature adjustment is more precise with the two-handed taps than the single-handed ones. A hands-free tap is either motion or touch-oriented. This accommodates every level of physical ability and makes the living space more accessible. This is great for children and arthritic, automatically turns off to conserve water and you won’t ever have to worry about flooding your sink but the temperature can only be adjusted manually and the battery needs occasional to keep the sensor working.
What kind of kitchen do you have in mind? Sleek and contemporary or the country house vibe going? Whatever it is that you decide on, make sure that your tap has a finish material that complements your cupboards and other fixtures for a unified look.
In choosing a tap it is also important to mind the tiny details that come with the tap you choose. For instance, some taps have built-in filters that are great for water purification, volume and maintenance. It would not hurt if you have soap, and hot water dispensers on the side as they keep your sink functional and your space clutter-free.
Mind the ease in installing your material unto the kitchen counter or wall. Always plan as this saves up time, effort and money. A tap has 4 types of mechanism; a ball valve, ceramic disc, compression valve and cartridge. These do not affect the performance of the tap but they are great factors in maintenance and repair.
As you know, the higher the quality, the higher the price. In choosing taps, a solid brass or ceramic steel base material cost more than the ones made of plastic. In a long shot, summing up the cost in replacing inexpensive taps and plumber hiring fees you will find that buying the item which costs more with guaranteed minimal repair and up keep will treat your pocket better.