Three signs that you need to change your bathtub faucet.
1 It continues to drip even after you have repaired it.
2 Their finish is dull or pitted.
3 The style looks dated with the bath remodel you are planning.
Choose a quality faucet
There are dozens of $100 faucets with five-year warranties. These can take care of the needs of older users. The bathtub faucet that can be tough enough for a house full of teens and experience many uses should have this five-year warranty. Be aware of the poor quality pretender bathtub faucet that glitters and looks like it is a top of the line model. Picking the style is the easy part of buying a new faucet.
What material and finish were used in the faucet you like?
Will they last and still be easy to clean?
If there’s a problem, how difficult and expensive are repairs?
Overall we are looking at, will the bathtub faucet give you the style and service for what you want to spend?
What is the difference between a good bathtub faucet and a bad one?
What separates a good bathtub faucet from a bad one is the materials that they are made of. Solid brass bodies last the longest and require least care. The lesser metals can be corroded by hard water. When looking for a brass bodied bathtub faucet, look to see if the package reads “all-brass body”, or pick up the faucet to see if it’s heavy. All brass faucets are usually heavier than the other metals.
Some faucets have a die-cast zinc-alloy body and cost less. They typically start at $70 and give good durability, but the zinc will corrode when it contacts water. A bathtub faucet with this type of body will need to be replaced when the plating wears off.
Stay away from the plastic bodied bathtub faucet. It is low end and may look appealing in price and appearance (they start at $50). But you will find that plastic does not hold up and you will find yourself replacing it after a short period of time.
Consider the bathtub faucet finish
The bathtub faucet finish is another factor to consider. An electroplated chrome finish on a brass or zinc faucet looks good and lasts. The warm, natural brass finish hides water spots, scratches and fingerprints. You will avoid frequent cleanings and will block out oxidation. Chrome and the combination of chrome and brass finish on a faucet will require frequent cleaning to maintain their shine. Painted or enamel finishes are not bonded to the metal like plating is. These chip and scratch easily and are better being in less used bathrooms.