Now that you have decided on the exact set of functionality and operation you want from your kitchen faucet, it is time to move on to the mounting mechanism. Do keep in mind that if you are making your kitchen from scratch or tearing down the sink for a brand new replacement then it really does not matter what kind of mounting mechanism your new faucet has.
For the rest of us, simply changing an old and aging kitchen faucet, the mounting mechanism is a serious limitation. Let’s begin by first understanding a typical kitchen sink.
Usually sinks and countertops come with one to five holes. They allow a whole assortment of attachments or components such as soap dispensers, handles, sprayers, spouts and more. Typically, one handle units need no more than two holes whereas, two handles need three holes. Some two handle units can even operate with a single hole if temperature regulation happens before it reaches the faucet.
Your Mounting Options
Deck plate Faucets
A deck plate faucet relies on just one plate to mount everything on it. Basically, the spouts, dispenser, handle and anything else you need goes on a single deck plate and this covers up all the holes that you will need to make your faucet work.
Such a mounting feature is ideal if you want a seamless look without leaving awkward holes around. Moreover, if your choice of faucet will leave a hole unused then having a deck plate lets you cover up. This method is tidy and works with all kinds of sinks and kitchens. Unfortunately, it also requires a lot of area and a flat surface to work. Small sinks or uneven countertop don’t bode well with deck plates.
Non-Deck plate Faucets
Some faucets do not have a covering plate or deck plate. They like to maintain a minimal footprint and rely on as little mounting surface area as possible. Usually, such faucets need only a large single hole with a covering ring. Some may even need two smaller holes but never a deck plate.
If you want a classical finishing or a seamless look, go for a faucet without a deck plate. Besides, when something does go wrong with such a faucet, it is much easier replacing the damaged component as you need not remove the complete deck plate and everything on it. Unfortunately, installing such kitchen faucets can be difficult and may need a little DIY originality.
Wall Mounting Faucets
Faucets that go up on a wall never really interact with the sink. This let’s your sink retain its pristine nature. Holes necessary to divert water into the faucet are present on the walls and you use plumbing lines in the walls. These faucets are actually much simpler to mount, but will lack the charm of sink top faucets.
They have a more minimalistic appeal, look great thanks to cleaner lines and easily accommodate larger pots and pans underneath. Unfortunately, if you do not take care, then you may end up with a kitchen faucet that looks more like a bathroom faucet!
With the mounting mechanism and functionality all taken care of, all that remains is to decide on the style of your faucet. Read all about styling in the next part of my kitchen faucet buying guide.