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About Outdoor Faucets

Faucets are an essential requirement in any home. But if you have an outdoor space, then you ought to have an outdoor faucet as well. Also, if you are going to install one, then make sure that it is going to be reliable. 

Most people put a lot of thought into finding those perfect faucets that adorn the kitchen and bathroom sinks. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to garden faucets. Regardless of the fact that garden faucets have to go through much more tough situations, people seem to settle for any faucet that they come across. The result of this negligence is a faucet that doesn’t work properly and if it does, it breaks within the first year. Read this article to find out more about them. Having a better understanding of them will help you make the right choices when you shop. 

Four best outdoor faucets to buy 

Picking a good quality garden topic has always been a tricky topic. People think that because it is not something that they would be using as often as a kitchen faucet, it is okay to install a cheap quality garden faucet for the sake of saving some money. But that is not the truth. Quite the contrary, garden faucets will be sitting outside exposed to the weather all the time. This demands the use of high-quality faucets. Here is a list of four of the best outdoor faucets that you can find on the market.  

Prier outdoor faucets 

Faucets from Prier are internationally known to be of very fine quality. Not surprisingly, their outdoor faucets are also of really good quality, especially the P-164D12 faucet. This faucet has a half inch sweat on the inside and half inch IPS on the outside. Another notable feature of this faucet is the ergonomic soft grip on the operating handle. It is common for outdoor faucets to get clunky as they get hold. Some of them even become too hard to turn on. But because of the high-quality materials used in this faucet and the soft handle, it will work effortlessly even after being outside for years. 

Homewerks VFF-ASP-C19PA faucet 

Unlike the multicolour construction of the Prier faucet, this outdoor faucet from Homewerks has a single tone from one end to the other. One area the Homewerks products always shines in is when it comes to the built quality of the product. To make things even more promising, you even get a three-year warranty for this faucet. What more could you ask for in an outdoor faucet? The hose thread on this faucet is ¾ inch. That is quarter inch more than that of the Prier faucet. This increase in the diameter of the faucet translates into increased flow rate.  

Mueller Industries 103-003  

The first thing that you will notice about this model of outdoor faucet is its unapologetically traditional look. Also, its shiny bronze finish is undeniably good looking. However, this faucet is not entirely about the looks. It even has an NSF certification for being lead free that makes it completely safe on hands. Also, because the pipe itself has a diameter of ¾ inches, the flow rate of the faucet is relatively higher than most other faucets of the same type. Also just like the old-style faucets, this model has handles on the opposite sides that make it all the easier to open and close.  

Liberty Garden 692-2 

While this model from the Liberty Garden follows a similar design language as that of the Mueller Industries faucet, this one flaunts some extra handy features. Firstly, this is a hose bib style faucet. So, the whole thing is rather humongous compared to other models. It uses stainless steel from top to bottom. One feature that is not common among faucets in this model is the weather protector shade on the top portion. This shade protects the faucet from sun and rain to a certain extent. While this model is quite expensive, it also comes with a three-year warranty that makes it an attractive option.

Tips on buying Outdoor Faucets

If you have a large enough garden to build a garden, then you ought to have a faucet outside your house. But finding the right type of faucet can be much harder than you might think. As there are, literally, thousands of different models of faucets out there, trying to pick one out of them can be an overwhelming experience. That being said, it can be easier if you know what factors to consider in them. Here are some tips that you can follow while shopping for them.

  • Diameter – This basically means two things. One, whether it is compatible with the existing plumbing system in place. Otherwise you will have to use either a size reducer or a size increaser. Two, the diameter of the faucet will affect the flow rate of the water as well. However, if you are using a faucet with large diameter on a smaller plumbing, there is not going to be much of a benefit.
  • Material – The material you get depends a lot on the price range of the outdoor faucet. If you are looking for the most affordable faucets out there, then you are going to settle with a plastic faucet. While it is not necessarily bad, they are not as durable as stainless steel or brass. Among stainless steel and bronze, the latter is the more expensive option.
  • Design – For most people, an outdoor faucet is mostly a functional item. However, that doesn’t mean you have to overlook the design of the faucet altogether. Also, the design of a faucet is not just about the way they look. Having a good design means how easy it is to use the faucet as well.
  • Durability and weather protection – Unlike a kitchen faucet or a bathroom faucet, an outdoor faucet is going to be exposed to the sun, rain, dust, and dirt. So, the durability is going to be an essential factor to consider. When it comes to durability of the faucet, you can pretty much all about it by looking at the material of the faucet. Because of the corrosion resistance property of the brass, it is the best material for an outdoor faucet.

Outdoor faucets are not the only type of faucets out there. Besides them, there are washroom faucets, kitchen faucets, shower faucets, faucet extenders, faucet accessories, conversion faucets, and many more. The great news is that you can find all of them here using our shopping search engine. It will also let you compare the prices and features of different products and pick the best one among them. Also, don’t forget to check out other amazing options from the bathroom fixtures category.

Question & Answer

Should you cover outdoor faucets?

Being exposed to the weather is a significant factor that reduces the life of a faucet. Therefore, there is no doubt that covering the faucet will help you protect it. However, should you do it? Well, the answer is not quite yes always. If you are ready to go through the trouble of covering the faucet after every use, then it would be better to invest in a better-quality faucet that will help you avoid the hassle. But you have a good reason to cover the faucet in winter if you live in a place where the temperature falls below zero. This will keep the water inside the faucet from freezing and breaking the faucet.

Why aren’t there modern valves in outdoor faucets?

Usually, you would see a lot of fancy features in indoor faucets. Interestingly, you won’t find as many innovations or variety when it comes to faucets that are supposed to serve outdoors in the garden. There is one obvious reason for this disparity. Because outdoor faucets will be out there in the sun and rain, complex faucet mechanisms won’t survive long enough to be viable outdoors. Because of this, most faucet models tend to stick with the traditional valve design that has been tried and tested for so long. Furthermore, functionality is more important than aesthetics for garden faucets.

Why would an outdoor faucet stop working?

A good garden faucet should last around four or five years. Eventually, they will stop working and that’s when you know it is time to replace it with a new one. There are a couple of reasons why a faucet would stop working. The most important cause is rusting. While rusting on the outside is not a significant issue for faucets, rust on the inside is. Rusting can cause the valve to stick or leak. Another reason is that tiny dust particles accumulate inside the faucet and interfere with the opening and causing of the valve. Even if neither of these happen, a faucet can still go bad when the material itself start to break.