Shopping for faucets is like being a kid in a candy store - there are so many pretty colors, and everything looks great, making it nearly impossible to pick the right one. This is especially true when you start to consider wall mount vs deck mount faucets. While both can be stunning when complemented by the right interior décor, wall mount faucets can provide a sleek aesthetic that’s simply unparalleled.
Wall mount faucets can be more difficult to install than their deck mounted counterpart.That doesn’t mean a wall mounted faucet isn’t right for you, though - sometimes beautiful things are worth the extra work.
In this article we’ll discuss both wall mount and deck mount options so you know what the major differences in installation, spout specifications, and upkeep so you can pick the one that’s best for you.
The Basic Differences
Before we get into the nitty gritty details, let’s cover the basic differences between the two faucet types.
A deck mount faucet sits flush on top of a counter, table, or sink where it’s threaded through pre-drilled holes. A wall mount faucet, on the other hand, is installed directly into the wall, appearing as if it’s almost floating above a basin or tub.
Installation and Renovations
Wall mount faucet installation will require you to do some renovations to get the plumbing aligned with the exact location of the mounted faucet. This typically requires opening up the wall, moving/replacing the plumbing, then repairing the drywall and painting or tiling the wall to create the final, finished look.
Oftentimes this is the biggest drawback for those considering wall mounts. The required updates can be relatively labor intensive, and they call for a professional plumber who knows his trade well – which may hike up the price. In contrast, deck mount faucets are much easier to install because most vanities and/or pedestal sinks come ready to “plug-and-play” with pre-drilled holes and plumbing, making this mounting option a much more budget-friendly option.
Height, Length, and Splashing
When you install a wall mount faucet, you’ll have to pay careful attention to the height and length of the faucet in correlation to the sink. If you get the dimensions wrong, you could run into splashing or spillage issues.
When thinking about the height of a wall mount faucet, the general requirement is to keep the faucet at least one inch above the basin, but adding a bit of extra height is much more comfortable when washing. Although, if you install the faucet too high, it can be difficult to manage the stream of water, and you may experience some splashing. It’s advisable to try and test the faucet at a showroom or even hook it up to a hose to gauge the projection of water and get a good idea of how high the faucet should be installed.
Length, or reach, is equally important. Wall mount faucets typically range from 6” to 12” to provide options for a variety of sinks and depths. When you’re choosing a wall mount faucet, be sure to take some measurements and consider that the wall is set a few inches back.
When considering a deck mount faucet you have a little less to worry about. The measurement you’ll have to pay closest attention to is reach, this is essentially the length of the spout from where the faucets’ base is installed. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to try and keep the water flow centralized near the drain, so measure this out to get a good estimate. Additionally, unless you have a very unique sink basin that could increase the likelihood of splashback, height specifications have already been taken care of within the faucet’s design.
Repairs and Replacement
As with many home improvement projects, you need to think ahead to the future about repairs and replacements. This is especially true for wall mount faucets. While replacing a traditional deck mount faucet is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project, wall mounted fixtures may be more difficult to swap out.
Because the plumbing of the wall mounted faucet is built directly into the wall, replacement may require removal of the wall where it has been mounted. That’s a big job and an even bigger headache if anything goes wrong. Before you go all in on a wall mount faucet, be sure to do your research and invest in a product from a highly respected manufacturer. This will give you reassurance that your faucet will last for many years to come, and, if needed, you can easily get replacement parts.
While wall mount faucets require a little more time and energy to get just right, the final result is a visually stunning and a unique bathroom feature. When the project is all said and done, the wall mounted fixture will give your bathroom a beautiful finishing touch you're sure to love for years to come.