Most new kitchen faucets offer single-handle control levers and washerless valves that seldom require maintenance. Finishes range from chrome, to brushed nickel, to Venetian bronze. All finishes are functional and choices are left up to the owners. Newer faucets also offer features such as detachable spray nozzles and push button controls.
There are many options available today for the consumer looking for a new kitchen faucet. The best place to begin your search is your own kitchen sink. In the past, most faucets were designed for a 3-4 hole pattern, allowing for a faucet, sprayer, liquid soap dispenser, and / or an air gap from the dishwasher, but today’s faucets can be mounted into a sink with a single or 2 hole pattern, or directly into the countertop. If you don’t plan on replacing the sink along with the new faucet, find a new one that will not leave open holes in the deck. Generally, it’s best to replace with like for like, however, if you decide to obtain a new faucet utilizing less holes, try filling empties with soap dispensers or screw on plugs.
The two most basic faucets are a single handle and two handle model. Single handle models are much more popular now because water temperature can be adjusted with one hand. Another major difference is the body. Some faucets have the taps and spout mounted directly to the body, while others have independent taps and spouts which allows for any configuration you please, as long as your lines reach from the taps to the spout. This type is best suited for installation into a countertop with an undermount sink. This is common with solid surface, quartz or granite countertops of today.
Most older faucets almost always came with a separate remote pull out sprayer. The sprayer was attached to the faucet body with a hose directly attached below the mixing valve. Even though this type of sprayer is common today, most newer faucets have a pull out sprayer directly in the spout. This makes it very convenient for the homeowner and it is less prone to failure than the old style sprayers.
A few of the available faucet types of today are the single handle high arc faucet with a remote sprayer. The mounting plate, or escutcheon, is decorative as well as optional. Two handled faucets are less common, but remain popular with traditional style sinks and kitchens. Some new single handle faucets require 3-4 holes, allowing for a soap dispenser separate sprayer, and air gap. A single handle faucet with pull out sprayer requires only one hole allowing for installation into a sink with one, or no predrilled holes or solid surface countertop with undermount type sink.
Kitchen faucets can be connected to the hot and cold water lines with easy to install flexible water supply lines constructed from vinyl or braided steel. Should your new faucet have a separate sprayer, connect the sprayer before installing the faucet. Connection is much easier before installation rather than afterwards. Simply pull the sprayer through a sink opening and connect to the faucet body before installing the faucet.
Where local laws allow, use plastic pieces for desagüe hookups. Most hardware stores offer a wide selection of parts and fittings for almost any configuration, ranging from angle stops to P-traps, S-traps and extensions. Attachment kits are also available to allow a dishwasher and garbage disposal to be hooked up to most all desagüe systems.
Tools and materials required for most new faucet installations are adjustable wrench, basin wrench, hacksaw, faucet, putty knife, screwdriver, silicone caulk, scouring pad, cleaner, Fontanero’s putty, flexible vinyl or braided steel supply lines, desagüe components and penetrating oil.