Bathroom Remodeling 101 - Faucets

The guys at G&C Plumbing and Heating had a question from a reader last week inquiring about the importance fixtures, especially faucets, play in the over look, feel and price of a bathroom remodel. So, let’s look a bit closer at faucet choices.

Shall we?

Also, let the guys know if you have any other specific questions about this remodeling business and we’ll put our best minds behind finding answers for you.

Here’s the low-down on faucets

There are about a gazillion to choose from.

You can buy them on line, at big box stores, and plumbing supply stores and the options are different at each shopping location.

“Shopping at big box and online stores vs. plumbing supply stores adds another layer of ‘fun’,” said Greg Sheck, master plumber at G&C. “The big difference is in the quality of the products. Many of the faucets in stock and on display at the big box stores are mid-grade quality, AKA plastic, with a bit of brass.”

Plastic faucets look nice in the isle and sell fast with little commitment because they’re cheap. But, as you can imagine, they don’t last very long, causing customers to return a few years later for another faucet – It’s almost like these big box stores plan this…

“Plastic is tough to use long term in plumbing because once calcium deposits or corrosion occurs, the product is basically ruined, said Greg. “We do our best to hook customers up with best prices on professional grade products so you don’t have to change out your fixtures every few years.”

That would be annoying.

So, work with Greg and Brandon to get some quality stuff and save your weekend three years from now for a good ball game or a nap.

Now, let’s talk faucets. Real faucets. We’ll look at the simple pros and cons of each and you can determine which will work best in your remodel.

First up…


Pretty much everyone’s house can, and possibly does, have a chrome faucet – somewhere.

Pros: it’s pretty inexpensive, easy to clean and maintain, and you can match a bunch of styles with chrome.

Cons: It does show water spots and finger prints.

Brushed Nickel

If chrome is not in your neighbor’s bathroom, brushed nickel probably is. It’s everywhere and just a little more expensive then chrome.

Pros: It’s basically indestructible, doesn’t show wear, fingerprints, or water spots. It’s easy to clean, easy to find and easy to match with accessories and other fixtures.

Cons: It doesn’t really stand out and not ideal if you’re looking for a big statement piece.

Polished Nickel

This is a bit darker than chrome and can actually change color based on the light. It’s awesome for modern, contemporary and eclectic styles.

Pros: Easy to clean and has a durable finish.

Cons: It is more expensive and can be hard to find matching accessories.

Polished Brass

This is one of Brandon’s favorites and gives a cool vintage look. It’s that mid-century modern wonder that looks amazing in modern, traditional, and eclectic bathrooms.

Pros: Super durable, easy to clean and find, and a breeze to match with accessories.

Cons: More expensive than chrome and brushed nickel and is not going to blend in if that is what you’re looking for.

Satin Brass

It’s bold without being too showy. It’s the next big thing for traditional, modern and contemporary bathrooms.

Pros: Satin brass provides an accent color and won’t show fingerprints and water spots.

Cons: It’s expensive and can be hard to find.

Oil-Rubbed Bronze

For a traditional look and feel without having to do the everyday chrome and brushed nickel this is your material. Oil-Rubbed Bronze provides a great traditional, Tuscan or Mediterranean look.

Pros: It’s durable and won’t show water spots or finger prints. Also easy to clean, find, and match with accessories and other fixtures.

Cons: It’s pricy, but that’s the only disadvantage we can think of.


A cool statement piece that Brandon loves, copper looks awesome in Tuscan, farmhouse and even industrial-modern styled bathrooms.

Pros: It cleans and heals itself with natural antibacterial properties. Meaning, if you scratch it, the scratch will disappear on its own – freaky, but cool!

Cons: It’s not all that durable and the unique nicks and scratches it develops makes it hard to match other fixtures.

Satin Bronze

Picture a faucet between copper and oil-rubbed bronze. It’s the safe route if you’re drawn to that look, but don’t want to make the commitment to such a statement.

Pros: This is an install it and forget about it faucet – Durable, easy to clean and maintain. No spots or fingerprints

Cons: It can be hard to find and is more expensive.

Matte Black

Batman’s bathroom has matte black faucets – They are wicked cool.

Pros: Easy to clean and coordinate with bathroom accessories.

Cons: Batman is rich and famous. These faucets are hard to find and expensive.


For a modern or farmhouse look, white faucets make an excellent statement.

Pros: Easy to clean and doesn’t show water spots or fingerprints.

Cons: They are usually made out of porcelain which is pretty fragile and can chip. Porcelain is also pricey.

And, that’s the low-down.

Hope this helps clear up what can often be one of the biggest decisions in your bathroom renovation. If you have other questions or concerns about your bathroom faucet choices, or any other fixtures, give the guys a call – they are happy to help.

Would you look at that…

Greg just got a call from a client wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of the different kinds of ‘tile’ you can put in your bathroom. Looks like that is our next assignment!

Thanks. Keep the questions coming.