Single-Handled Faucets

What You Need To Know About Single-Handled Faucets: Pros vs. Cons

Single-handled faucets.

A single-handled faucet rotates directionally, usually providing the ability to regulate flow with an up-and-down motion and temperature with a side-to-side motion.



Along with the advantage of requiring only one hole in your countertop, these are really convenient for when you have only one hand free. They often feature high arching pro-style designs that easily accommodate large pots and vessels in the sink.


Temperature adjustment is less precise than with a two-handled faucet.

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Deck-Mounted Faucets

Deck-Mounted Faucets

With these the faucet mounts directly to the countertop and not the sink. If you are installing an undermount sink, you have the option of mounting the faucet directly on the countertop. When installing a deck-mounted faucet, make sure to allow more than a finger’s width behind the faucet for cleaning.



Deck-mounted faucets provide a seamless look that’s especially well suited to contemporary kitchens (but they come in all styles).


They occupy space on the countertop. Also, you may find an accumulation of water, dirt, and grime between the faucet and the wall.

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Materials and Finishes

Common Materials & Finishes


Chrome, nickel, brushed nickel, polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze, white, black and stainless steel are some of the standard finishes and colors. Keep in mind that finishes from different manufacturers may not be exactly the same. It is a good idea if you are planning to buy a faucet to purchase any accessories such as a hand spray or soap dispenser from the same collection to ensure a good match.

There are three commonly used materials. stainless steel, brass, and the classic plastic. You will not notice a major difference in weight when it comes to stainless steel and brass, however, you will notice the price difference. As stainless steel is a more expensive raw material it cost on average about $75-$150 then its competitor brass. Plastic is lest expensive out of all three, shockingly!! There really is no big difference when it comes to the quality between the three, however brass faucets on average last longer.


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Choosing Your Kitchen Sink


How To Choose The Right Type Of Sink For Your Home

Kitchen sinks are typically made from stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces, and composites. For clients who choose solid surface counters like granite or engineered stone, stainless steel sinks are recommended because of its under-mount capability. Also if homeowners tend to be hard on sinks ( if they're prone to throwing things into their sink), stainless is often the best choice. When shopping for a sink, keep in mind that lower-gauge stainless steel makes for a better quality sink. Some people find stainless steel sinks noisy, but that's a problem that can be addressed by choosing a design featuring sound-absorption technology.

Once the standard in kitchen sinks, enamel-coated cast iron still has a place in today's kitchen. They're probably the prettiest of all the sinks on the market today. However, keep in mind that enamel can scratch and wear over time, which may not make this sink the best choice.

If ease of cleanup is important, a solid surface sink that's an integral part of a countertop is the option to investigate.

Even with the under mount sink, you've still got that joint between the countertop and the underside. Solid surface sinks create a much smoother clean up area to deal with. While minor scratches can be buffed out of a solid surface sink, the material is prone to chip, and transferring hot pots and pans directly from the cooktop to the sink can damage solid surfaces.

Composite sinks, a newer style of sink, are another option for kitchens. There are several types of composite sinks on the market, with polyester/acrylic being just one of them.  However, polyester/acrylic sinks aren't as durable as other sink options and drop-in sinks can be more difficult to clean.


Traditionally, most kitchens feature a double-bowl sink.

Homeowners still hand wash large pots, pans and baking sheets, so at least one over sized sink bowl. If space is an issue and double bowls are a must, an over sized bowl and a small bowl combination should be adequate. If space isn't an issue,  one oversized and one standard sized bowl.

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How To Pick Your Kitchen Faucet

The Need-To-Know On Picking Your Kitchen Faucet

The kitchen faucet’s basic function is to dispense hot and cold water for washing dishes, food and hands. But beyond that, it’s a major player in defining the style of your kitchen faucet.

With all the new — and old — designs, finishes and mounting styles out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing a faucet. Having basic information on hand will make things easier. Here’s what to consider.


Sink-Mounted Faucets


There are many different kitchen faucet and sink designs, but they are not always compatible. If you are working with an existing sink, check how many mounting holes it has. New faucets come in one-, two-, three- or four-hole varieties.

When you are replacing an existing faucet that requires fewer holes than you have, look for a new faucet that comes with an escutcheon plate (a deck plate at the base) to cover up the unneeded sink holes. This will do the trick on many standard sinks.


This is a great option if you want a quick update to your kitchen and want to reuse your existing sink.


Your sink will limit your faucet style options.


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