If you're remodeling your kitchen and are choosing a new sink, faucet, and countertops, you have a choice between countertop and wall mount faucets and handles. The placement of the faucet makes all the difference in how easy it is to care for that area of the kitchen, but each placement option has its drawbacks as well. Here are three ways that faucet placement can affect you and your kitchen.
Ease of Maintenance and Replacement
A countertop faucet/handle placement is the conventional placement. In this arrangement, the faucet and handles are located on the countertop (and sometimes just inside the rim of the sink itself). These are generally much easier to fix and replace, simply because there are so many models built for that kind of placement. Many sinks, too, have predrilled holes for countertop-mount faucets. The whole apparatus is accessible on top of and just below the sink; compare this to wall-mount faucets, which have a portion of their parts stuck behind a wall that you can't easily open up. If you want to be able to grab a replacement part quickly when the faucet needs repair, go with a countertop version.
Ease of Cleaning
Wall-mount faucets, however, are easier to clean. It's common for countertop faucets to develop a layer of gunk behind them because it's harder to see what's there. That area doesn't always get cleaned that well. Wall-mount faucets are up high where you can see all around the faucet base. If cleaning is more important to you, a wall-mount faucet could work.
Counter Space and Height
Wall-mount wins here if you want more space on your counter and in the sink in general; if the faucet is off the counter, that's more counter space for you. You can store dish soap, sponges, and other items along the back of the sink. Wall-mount faucets are also usually higher up—this is good if you often wash your hair in the sink, such as if you dye it and have to rinse it out.
However, splashing can be a problem when the water is hitting the sink's surface from such a height. If you are OK with not storing items behind the sink (or can find a sink shelf that fits over the faucet), then a traditional, lower-profile countertop faucet is better.
If you want to see more styles and find out more about what installing each type would require, call a plumbing company like Rapid Rooter. This faucet is going to be with you for a long time, and you want to be sure you place it correctly.