The Main Differences between the Four Main Types of Faucets

When renovating your home, and updating the look of your kitchen or bathroom in particular, you’ll hope to install quality, durable faucets that won’t cause plumbing issues moving forwards, and in turn help you to save money.

Here, the main differences between the four main types of kitchen and bathroom faucets will be examined and detailed, allowing you to gain a better understanding with regards to the best option to choose to suit your specific preferences and requirements.

Outlining the four main types of faucets to begin with, there are ball, disc, cartridge and compression types in the form of kitchen sink faucets, bathtub faucets and more. The three former named sorts can be categorized as ‘washerless’ given that they don’t rely on a rubber or neoprene profile, with the compression style representing the most typical basic faucets.

Which Faucet for which space?

Ball faucets, which could be described as the first generation of the washerless designs, will usually be found in kitchens. Their single handle moves over a rounded ball shaped cap which is situated above the lowest point of the faucet spout, and the ball located within the body of this faucet includes chambers which control both the flow and temperature of the emanating water. What must be considered by prospective buyers of ball faucets though, is that this type has a far greater propensity to leak than its counterparts, and these faucets could therefore require repairs or replacement in short order.

Opposite to the ball type, disc faucets are the most contemporary kind, sporting a single lever handle attached to a cylindrical body. Internally, two ceramic discs intersperse to regulate the temperature and flow of the water. Disc faucets are renowned for their reliability, and are typically very durable without requiring maintenance.

For cartridge faucets, both single and double handle models are available, with internal cartridges accounting for water flow and temperature. Given the up and down/left and right motions of the faucet stem, single handle cartridge faucets can be compared with ball faucets in terms of how they operate. Double handle cartridge designs, meanwhile, are similar with regards to appearance and functionality as compression washer type faucets, which also require the handles to be turned left and right to adjust water flow and temperature. However, the difference between these two types is that compression faucets require tightening when turning in order to close down the supply of water, whilst double handle cartridge options instead operated using a smooth movement in which tightening is not a necessity.

Compression faucets have spent the longest time on the market, and are also typically the least expensive type of faucet to buy, which is somewhat unsurprising considering they are most susceptible to leaks. Featuring separate hot and cold water handles, compression types require these handles to be tightened to shut off water flow. This is the case due to a tightening motion instigating the washer to compress onto an internal valve seat that will trigger the stemming of the water flow.

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