Q: Dear Ed, we plan to remodel our bathroom next year, and I want the faucets to be a big part of the design. To start things off, can you please give me some “faucet finish” information? — Mary, New Mexico
A: With all the beautiful faucet finishes available today, many bathrooms feature the faucet(s) as a main point of attraction. But, a faucet is also a working plumbing fixture and you need to balance beauty along with durability.
Keep in mind that if you make your faucet the center of design, you should choose a long-lasting finish that will look new for years to come.
Look for a scratch- and tarnish-resistant finish that’s bonded to the faucet on a molecular level. Popular faucet finishes include: polished chrome or brass; brushed nickel or stainless steel; and oil-rubbed bronze for the vintage-look lovers.
Finally, if you choose matching lighting trim, towel racks and shower heads to create a “suite” look, you’ll end up with a very sweet-looking bathroom.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Always consult local contractors and codes.