We all know the importance of quality when it comes to selecting a faucet. However, you won’t always end up getting what you pay for. At times, even something cheap may end up costing you a lot in the long-term. So, how do you know what to go for? The answer is pretty simple: research on it.
5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Faucet
As you research, you should ask yourself the following questions:
1. Can you get the faucet’s repair parts?
As you continue using them, faucets may break down at some point. Often, you may need to get some parts to replace the malfunctioned ones. You may not find the parts everywhere but you should have at least one reliable source. Online retailers that sell plumbing supplies may be a good source.
2. Does the seller know anything about the manufacturer or brand?
Store brands may be acceptable but you may need to know who made it and have a customer service number to call in case of a problem. If none of this information is available, you may not have someone to help if you experience problems.
3. What is the faucet made of?
Conventionally, manufacturers use brass, but lately, stainless steel is gaining popularity and other manufacturers use plastic as well. If ordering online, ensure you know the material used to make the faucet.
4. Does it meet your area’s regulations?
The water conservation and low-lead regulations are changing, meaning that faucets may need to meet new requirements before installation. You may get a “perfect” faucet off that auction site, only for your plumber to tell you that they aren’t permitted to install the beautiful product you painstakingly chose. To avoid wasting both money and time, ensure you know what need before getting it.
5. Does it have a warranty?
Cheaply-made faucets may have little or no warranty. Also, certain costly faucets come with warranty requirements that make them worthless. While some warranties require receipts and only cover the original owner, others may apply to the product irrespective of who has it. Therefore, always go through the warranty information and go with what is more reasonable.
6. Is It Worth Your Needs?
If you would like to remodel your home in a few years, an ordinary faucet may be your ideal choice. If you are planning on selling it, then that costly faucet can be your selling point-to help you justify the extra expense. On the other hand, if you aren’t going anywhere and found a perfect faucet with a great warranty, available repair parts and accessible service center, you can settle for it.
But if it’s more than your expected budget, is it worth it? Whether you’ve a shoestring or unlimited budget, the most essential thing is to be comfortable with the faucet you chose. Remember faucets are focal points in your home, and they will remind you of your decision every day.
Believe it or not, there are expensive faucets that many users wine about and there are also quality faucets at subsidized costs. So don’t let pricing be the only factor. Know what you want and you will be happy with your decision.