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Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets
Irving's Plumbing Supplies carries a comprehensive range of kitchen and bathroom faucets for residential as well as commercial use. Despite the overwhelming variety of faucets to choose from, a faucet is still only a faucet - an end point valve that controls water volume and temperature. Instead of controlling the flow of water through the pipes, a faucet valve allows the water to flow through a spout. We offer residential and commercial faucets with a variety of materials, finishes and in two popular valve types: washer and washerless or cartridge. Our suppliers include major manufactures such as Chicago Faucets, Belanger, Simmons, Delta Commercial, Waltec, Nafphil, Moen, Aquabrass, Grohe, KWC, and Sloan.
There are roughly four different factors to consider
when it comes to choosing the right faucet for your unique situation:
valve type, material, finish, and design style. With the
recent trend towards limited lifetime warranties, your choice really comes
down to what is right for you and, as always, affordability.
Material of Construction: most faucet bodies are made from solid brass or zinc die-cast. Solid brass faucets are durable, heavy in weight and resistant to corrosion and calcification. Zinc die-cast faucets are just as durable, but lighter than solid brass and more affordable. While some manufacturers are introducing plastic as viable material of construction that is lighter and less expensive than brass or zinc, it is not as durable.
Finishes: applied to increase durability, enhance maintenance and appearance, the chrome plated finish has always been the most durable and affordable finish. But constantly in need frequent cleaning to maintain its shine, the chrome plated faucet offers little in design flexibility. If you are looking for more style, manufacturers offer polymer finishes with color and brass plated finishes with a polymer coating. Easier to keep clean, but less durable and vulnerable to corrosion, these finishes are entirely dependent on the durability of the polymer coating. A possible solution might be the latest in finish technology, physical vapor deposition (PVD). More resistant to scratching, corrosion and tarnishing than any other type of finish and easy to clean, you might consider the polished brass finish produced by PVD.
Design Styles: there is no end to the style and expense of faucets
when it comes to ease of use and temperature control. Faucets are available
as either a single or two handle style. The single handle faucet allows
you to control both the water volume and temperature with one handle.
Functional for the kitchen, this faucet might be a good idea for children
and elderly users who may have difficulty adjusting volume or temperature
with a two handle type. You can now get a faucets with a retractable pull-down
or pull-out spray spout that can alternate from an aerated spray to a
stream making sink cleaning and pot filling easier. Some even come with
scald protection valves that are great for kids or built-in thermometers
that allow you to set the temperature so that adjustment is not needed
each time the water is turned on and off.
To choose the right faucet for your office, restaurant, university or home, make sure you get the best advice you can, whether it be your local plumbing company or the interior designer or architect that is building the project.
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