Buying a Tub Faucet
Whether you're installing an entirely new setup or simply switching out an old tub faucet, it's exciting to think of all the possibilities of purchasing a new one. You might be interested in the soothing experience of a modern waterfall-style faucet or a leg tub faucet with porcelain levers and an old-fashioned English telephone style spray.
Whichever style you're planning to choose, it's essential to know the benefits and characteristics of the basic faucet installation types. There are two main types freestanding faucets and built-in, with varieties of each.
Freestanding Tub Faucets
Also called tub fillers, freestanding tub faucets offer an alternative to mounting a faucet on your tub. They can be positioned at either end or side of the tub, and mount to the floor of your bathroom. These faucets work well with tubs that feature continuous rolled rims. They are also ideal for use with bronze, copper or cast iron tubs that don't feature drill holes in the rim or tub wall.
Traditional-style freestanding tub faucets have two water supplies that run upwards out of the floor, into a mixing tap, and into your tub. Contemporary tub fillers connect with the supplies under the floor, then draw water up a single pipe and into your tub. Either style of freestanding faucets may come with a hand shower on a flexible hose for greater reach and versatility.
Deck-Mount Tub Faucets
Installed on the top surface of a tub, deck-mount faucets are both functional and decorative, as they are easily seen. These faucets allow for more sitting room inside the tub, and also allow for greater water depth since the overflow hole can be drilled at a higher level. Typically, drill holes 7" apart, when measured from the center of one hole to the center of the other.
Wall-Mount Tub Faucets
Created for installation in the wall of a bathroom, these faucets are used with built-in or alcove tubs. They come in a wide variety of designs and with spouts and handles that range from retro to ultra-modern. The advantage of a wall-mount faucet is that the faucet doesn't obstruct that end of the tub, so you can comfortably stretch out.
Tub Wall-Mount Faucets
These tub faucets are situated on the interior wall of the tub and require holes to be drilled through the tub. Some tubs come pre-drilled for this reason. Typically, these holes are 3-3/8" apart when measured from the center of one hole to the center of the other.