Faucet Finish Affects More Than Just the Look

by | Oct 27, 2020 | Project Planning, Remodeling Tips | 0 comments

With multiple decisions to be made during the design process of your renovation, choosing your faucet fixture finish requires consideration. Not only will the finish impact the overall look of your space, but it can also greatly affect your cost, sometimes by 25-45%. The following are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing your faucet finish:

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  1. Silver Hues

    1. Polished Chrome is one of the most economical options. It is making a comeback in preference due to its versatility, cost, scratch-resistance, and resistance to corrosion. Keeping it fingerprint or water spot-free requires more frequent wiping down than other options.
    2. Polished Nickel is a little darker and warmer toned than chrome, it is easy to keep clean and shinier than chrome. It’s harder to find matching accessories and it costs 10-20% more than polished chrome.
    3. Brushed Nickel is treated with a wire brush, giving it more of a matte appearance, and is popular for hiding fingerprints and water spots. However, it does not pair well with stainless fixtures and can tarnish when using certain cleaning products as well as can cost up to 40% more than chrome.
    4. Stainless Steel is more durable than chrome. It is better at hiding water spots and fingerprints while maintaining their shiny appearance. The cons are they can easily scratch and can cost up to 35% more than their chrome counterpart.
  2. Gold Hues

    1. Polished Brass is a shiny and classic finish. It is durable and easy to clean. It does show fingerprints and water spots easily due to the shiny surface and the lacquer used on the surface can grow dull over time. It is also one of the most expensive finishes adding up to a 45% increase in cost over chrome.
    2. Satin Brass or Champagne Bronze is between copper and oil rubbed bronze and is quickly becoming one of the most popular faucet finishes with its subtle gold coloring. It hides water spots and fingerprints well. However, it comes with a price tag of up to 40% more than polished chrome.
    3. Oil Rubbed Bronze is traditional in style. Its darker coloring adds a beautiful pop when used with cream or white countertops. Oil rubbed bronze fixtures are durable and easy to maintain.  Unfortunately, different manufacturer’s versions of ORB may vary, making it difficult to match fixtures and accessories.
    4. Copper, with its distinctive bold color, is an infrequent choice in faucets, in part due to few choices offered. While it has antibacterial properties, which is fast becoming popular, it comes in with a high price tag as well as requiring more maintenance due to the patina (changes in coloring) unless, of course, you embrace the changes.
  3. Other Hues

    1. Black is an extremely popular option, especially with more contemporary styles, black faucets coordinate with everything which is especially helpful if mixing and matching finishes. It is sleek and makes a bold statement while hiding fingerprints and water spots, however, it can cost up to 35% more than a similar faucet in chrome.
    2. White is typically made of plastic or porcelain, while rarely used, white faucets can give a fresh aesthetic if there is lots of color elsewhere in your space. Just like white tennis shoes, however, you will find it more difficult to keep it clean.

How Finish Affects Price

Following are two examples of a Brizo and Delta faucet and the cost difference based on finish selected.

Choosing your faucet and other plumbing fixtures finish is an important element of how your entire space comes together. It’s important to work with a professional who can educate you and ensure your cabinetry, tile, countertop, lighting, and plumbing fixtures provide a cohesive look that enhances the overall aesthetic of your space.

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