What kind of drain should you choose for a vessel sink?
Most vessel sinks don’t have overflow, therefore, it’s imperative to choose a right drain. There are two types of vessel sink drains: fixed drains and pop-up drains. A fixed drain cannot be closed; therefore, the overflow of water simply cannot occur. Fixed drains typically have a fixed grid or dome shape on the top which does not move. Due to this reason, fixed drains are a more popular and safer choice for the vessel sinks. A pop-up drain can be pushed down to stop the water from flowing down the drain. It allows you to fill the sink with water, however, you have to be careful and not leave the sink running since there is no overflow. Maestrobath offer both fixed and pop-up drains in variety of finish such polished gold drain and in many different styles such as luxury grid drain picture shown below which can be paired with almost all bathroom vessel sinks.
The 7 Step Process for Choosing a Vessel Sink Faucet
Discover a simple 7 step process to help you choose the next sink faucet in your bathroom.
1. Where should I begin?
2. What should I know about installation?
3. Should I choose one or two handles?
4. Information about the inside of the faucet.
5. Choosing the right materials, colors and finishes to make it my style.
6. What are the current bathroom sink faucet trends?
7. What else do I need to think about?
1. Where Should I Begin
a) The first thing to do is take your existing space into account. It is very important to find out the correct depth of your sink in order to choose the right spout height that is appropriate for your faucet. If the spout height of the faucet is low, then a shallow sink is the best option since it will not splash. Just make sure that there is enough distance between the sink basin and the spout so that your hands can fit between them comfortably. A tall faucet will require a vessel sink as long as the spout height is more than 9 inches. No matter what, make sure that you choose a faucet that is compatible with your current sink style.
b) Are there faucet holes in the available countertop, sink or vanity? If they are available, then it’s important to choose the right faucet with similar spatial needs. This will make the sink faucet installation a lot easier to accomplish.
c) For a complete remodeling, make sure to purchase the sink and faucet at the same time. It will make it much easier to choose a faucet that is compatible with your new sink.
d) Consider the needs of the people using the sink when choosing your faucet (children, the elderly, etc.)
2. What Should I Know about Installation?
a) Wall-mounted faucets: this type of faucet will work perfectly with any style of sink, but they are especially effective with vessel sinks. You can mount this anywhere on the wall, as the name suggests, which allows for much greater customization. It will also make it easier for you to select the right sink based on your needs. Depending on the particular style that you choose, wall-mounted faucets are available in single-hole, two-hole and widespread installations
b) Single-hole faucets: the single-hole style faucet is something that we’re starting to see more and more in modern bathrooms of today. Installing this type of faucet is simple and sleek, since the one hole makes it easy to mount and install. Everything is centrally located and kept neat, simply because of the way the handles on the body of the faucet are designed.
c) Widespread: you can get a widespread faucet in wall-mounted form or deck-mounted form, depending on which style you prefer. Typically, this type of faucet is installed with an eight inch spread and it will normally have three holes. You are granted some measure of customization when installing a widespread faucet because of the specific design type.
d)Centerset: this faucet type is the most common found in a traditional bathroom. So, you will typically find more traditional styles with a centerset faucet. This might be the best faucet if your countertop or vanity already has one hole, but you do not want those dimensions to confine you.
3. Should I Choose One or Two Handles?
a) Many people often become overwhelmed when choosing their handles since there are so many different options currently available. Please keep in mind that the most important thing to consider is the people that will be using this particular faucet. Will it need a specific ergonomic design because elderly people will be using it? Are children going to use this faucet? Think about the occupants using the faucet and then find the right type of handle that will make it easy for these individuals to grip and pivot that particular handle style.
b)Faucet handles are available in several different shapes or styles. Please consider whether you want spokes, joystick handles, single lever handles or other types.
4. Information about the inside of the Faucet
Whether you know it or not, faucet valves are typically made of brass on the inside. As far as the cartridge is concerned, it usually fits snugly within the brass valve and it comes in the form of a ball, a ceramic disk or a compression. Further information about the cartridges includes:
a) The ceramic disk cartridge, out of all of the available options, is the one that often lasts the longest and it is the most popular. In fact, it has become so popular that it is difficult to find other options available on the market at this time.
b) Other available cartridges will typically have plastic parts or washers that break easily and have a tendency to leak. Ceramic disk cartridges, on the other hand, will only leak if the water line is filled with sand.
5. Choosing the Right Materials, Colors and Finishes to Make It My Style
a)The least expensive option, and the most timeless, is polished chrome. The polished finish is generally elegant looking in style, but it will often show spots.
b) Brushed finishes, on the other hand, have a tendency to hide spots better once they are polished.
c) Look closely at existing finishes in your shower as well as with other bathroom accessories. You want your sink faucet to be coordinated with the other finishes in order to have a consistent look throughout the bathroom.
d) Be bold with your sink faucet finishes. To add extra pop in your bathroom, do not be afraid to choose bright colors like blue, pink, red and green.
e) Other finishes: matte, bronze, oil rubbed bronze, brushed brass and gold.
Materials include: a) Stainless steel and brass are typically the most durable, and many people find them to be the most beautiful.
6. What Are the Current Bathroom Sink Faucet Trends?
a) Some current trends include: matte or gold, led lighting built in to the faucet, touchless faucet, sensor faucets, eco-friendly faucets.
7. What Else Do I Need to Think about?
a) Faucet safety features: pay close attention to the available faucet safety features. Some of available features include temperature cap out and cold start.
b) Digital faucets/touchless faucets: this faucet type is available with a sensor, and it’s most often found in commercial bathrooms. But the truth is that it is an excellent fit in any type of bathroom, whether private or commercial.
c) Faucet spray types: depending on your needs, there are many spray types currently available. Some provide a powerful spray, while other faucets offer a more gentle spray. Keep this in mind when choosing a faucet for your bathroom sink.