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How Do I Choose the Best Tub and Shower Faucet?

A tab faucet can use a diverter to send the water to a showerhead.
Some shower heads allow the flow of water to be controlled.
Skilled homeowners can often install a new faucet and check associated plumbing without professional help.
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  • Written By: Patti Kate
  • Edited By: W. Everett
  • Last Modified Date: 10 November 2014
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If you need to replace or buy a new tub and shower faucet, consider shopping at a specialty store that sells bathtub fixtures. Consider the style you would like to buy and ask to see the selection. Many stores offer catalog-type reference guides. Choose your finish carefully, as some may be prone to rusting, while others are scratch- and tarnish-resistant. For a do-it-yourself (DIY) project, look for a faucet with easy installation.

For your tub and shower faucet, you will have the option of choosing the spout style, finish style, panel style, and handle style. If you prefer a sleek and polished style, stainless steel can be a durable and practical solution. Chrome and brass are other options, and nickle might be an option as well. You must also decide whether you prefer a traditional style or a more updated contemporary look.

Home improvement stores may be a good place to start. often you can enlist the help of a knowledgeable sales person. If your bathtub also functions as a whirlpool or hot tub, you might look for a highly functional tub and shower faucet. The sales person can help you choose a faucet that flows at an accelerated speed. This will cut time considerably when filling your tub.

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If you prefer a shower head with massage, look for something that offers various pulse controls. Various intensities will let you manage the massage and flow of water. Look for one that offers a low-maintenance performance. A hand-held device for your shower is a handy feature to look for as well.

When you chose a tub and shower faucet that works with a washer-type valve set-up, you'll find that replacement parts are easily obtainable and relatively inexpensive. The washers, however, are vulnerable to user punishment, and will wear down over time. Other options utilize porcelain-type orbs. These are typically more durable and will outlast the washer parts.

Many of the new bathroom plumbing fixtures feature various safety measures. You may wish to purchase a tub and shower faucet that utilizes a device to maintain an optimal setting. This type of faucet will be more elaborate and costly, but can be a good investment and safety feature, especially if you have children.

Some homes have older bathtubs, such as those that are freestanding. For these, you may need to consider a bathtub faucet that is mounted on the floor. Keep in mind that all of the connections, such as pipes, will be visible.

Lastly, if you'd like to choose from a larger selection than those models you find at your local home improvement or hardware store, check the Internet. Ordering online may save you hassle. Also, you may find what you're looking for at discount prices. Many online sources feature free shipping, so don't forget to do some research for the best deals.

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