Tub faucets come in a variety of styles and finishes, and choosing the right one for your bathroom tub can go a long way towards defining the overall design of the space.
A renaissance in freestanding tubs—often in a vintage style, such as a grand, porcelain claw-foot tub—means that tub faucets with exposed pipes are becoming more common. The pipes can sit outside of the tub, emerging from the floor behind it, or they can sometimes protrude directly through the bottom of the tub.
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Another common tub faucet choice is the deck-mounted faucet. This type of faucet sits on the flat surface, or deck, of the tub. You'll have options if you decide on this style, such as whether you want one or two handles, and how long and dramatic you want the faucet neck to be.
Lastly, wall-mounted faucets are an efficient choice for a tub/shower combination.
In terms of materials, quality should be your first consideration. Solid brass construction is best and most durable, but it's also the most expensive. Brass or chrome plating is a step down, but if you're on a budget, it can be a viable option.
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