5 Aspects To Look For In A Commercial Bathroom Faucet
Commercial faucets may not look too different from residential options at first glance, but upon closer inspection you will notice that commercial faucets are designed in a way that fulfills many requirements that residential faucets may not have. If you are in the market for new commercial or industrial faucets for your building, you should make sure you consider the following five features before you make your purchase.
Bathroom faucets need to serve the purpose of the specific business that has installed the faucets. For example, the faucet in an industrial factory will have different features than a faucet at an airport. At an airport, you may want contact-free functionality to prevent the spread of disease and speed up hand washing to accommodate more users. In a factory, you may want faucets with a higher neck to accommodate washing of the forearms up to the elbows as opposed to just the hands. Before purchasing your commercial faucets, think about the specific functions your users will need. Faucets that fulfill the needs of their users make the users' experience more pleasurable while protecting the faucet from misuse.
Commercial faucets are used more often than residential faucets, and they are usually connected to a plumbing system with higher water pressure. Because of this, they need to be more durable. Consider faucets with ceramic disk valves, solid brass construction, and resistant-free hoses. Avoid rubber washers and valves, which tend to wear down more quickly than their counterparts and require more force from the users. Most commercial faucets are classified as such based on their durability, but talk to your supplier about which models offer extra durability if you are in a high-use or rough environment.
Because of the higher water pressure in commercial systems combined with more use of commercial faucets, it is easy to waste gallons of water per day. To prevent this, you should consider faucets that have low-flow valves or faucets that automatically regulate the amount of flow from the faucet. This will not only save water, but will also prevent users from accidentally splashing themselves while using the faucets. However, in some industrial applications, higher water pressure may be necessary for efficient use. Make sure you consider functionality first and look for ways to conserve water without compromising your necessary functionality.
Ease of Use
With commercial faucets, it is important that a wide variety of people can use the faucet quickly and efficiently. All commercial faucets should meet ADA standards. However, beyond the basic standards, you should consider the overall ease of use for your target user. For example, in an industrial setting, you may want a simple flip control that can easily be turned on and off but allow a longer, more thorough washing session. In a restaurant, you may want to have sensors that will lower the spread of germs while promoting quick, efficient hand washing.
Simplicity of Design
Because commercial faucets have a wide range of users, simple designs are better than more complex or ornate designs. Simple designs will make it easy for your users to figure out how to use an unfamiliar faucet. Additionally, simple designs tend to have fewer weak spots that may break through over-use or misuse. It is still possible to have a highly functional, elegant faucet with a simple design, so talk to your plumbing supplier about faucets that will match your overall design while providing a simple and durable user experience.
The differences between commercial and residential faucets are easy to notice once you know what to look for. However, even within the commercial designation there is a wide variety of quality and design. Talk to your supplier about faucets that will make your building more efficient.