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Is a PVD Faucet Finish Worth the Extra Cost?

Wesley Ward - 1/31/18 10:09 AM

There are lots of different finish considerations when you shop for kitchen and bathroom faucets. In addition to selecting from multiple color options, you can also find different finish types that improve longevity and others that lower daily maintenance.

In this post, we will explore PVD (physical vapor deposition) finishes by explaining what it is, provide an overview of features and benefits, and highlight a few alternatives.   

What is PVD?

Physical Vapor Deposition, or PVD, is the name of a process that bonds the molecules of the finish to the faucet, producing a very durable surface that resists tarnishing, discoloring, corrosion and scratching. A PVD finish results in a harder coating that is considered more durable than other finishes and is commonly used for products, like faucets, that are exposed to water and moisture.

Why should I buy a faucet with PVD finish?

PVD is known for its durability and for resisting corrosion, scratching and tarnishing. You may want to consider a PVD finish for your kitchen and bathroom faucets if you anticipate frequent usage and want your faucets to retain their color brilliance. You may also want to consider PVD if you are remodeling and planning to stay in your home for five or more years. If your water is hard, you may want to consider a PVD finish to help resist the build up of soap scum and mineral deposits. One final consideration: Compared to other finish coating processes, PVD is considered eco-friendly because the process is toxin free and does not produce hazardous waste.

What are the drawbacks of PVD finishes?

Faucets with PVD finishes are more expensive, typically starting over $500, so may not make sense if you are making cosmetic updates to prepare your home for sale. PVD finishes do not resist spotting, so will need to be wiped down after each use to keep it clean.

Are there alternatives to PVD finishes?

If you are concerned with spotting or finger prints on your faucets and want a finish that is easy to keep clean, you may want to consider a Spot Resistant finish. Several manufacturers, offer their own versions of spot resistant finishes including Moen's Spot Resist™ or Delta Faucet's SpotShield®  which also includes antimicrobial protection. Spot resistant finishes are different than PVD and do not offer the same durability, though are a less expensive alternative.  

How do I know if a faucet uses PVD finish technology?

Most faucet manufacturers offer PVD finishes under their own brand names, though in detailed product specifications specify the process used to finish the product. Here are the different ways some popular brands marketing their PVD finishes:

Kohler – Vibrant

Delta – Brilliance

Brizo – Brilliance

Moen – LifeShine

California Faucets – All Premium Finishes are PVD

Hansgrohe – LifeLong Finish

Grohe - StarLight

PVD finished faucets are likely worth the extra investment if you want your faucets to retain their original finish and color for a long time, especially in high usage kitchens and bathrooms.

Would you consider or have you purchased a faucet with a PVD finish? 

Topics: Kitchen- Bathroom- Faucet- Decision Guide

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