When choosing a sink faucet there is two primary designs to choose from. They are a ball faucet and a ceramic disc cartridge. A ball faucet has a rounded ball shaped Right above the base of the faucet which allows it to move in a spherical direction. A cartridge faucet utilizes a more direct (and up-and-down movement to determine temperature and water flow. While they both may look similar, it is easy to tell the difference once you use the faucet. When comparing the two options there are four distinct benefits of selecting a ceramic disc cartridge faucet over a ball faucet.
The first aspect which makes a disk so appealing is its functional lifespan. The discs in the faucet cartridge are made of ceramic which provides a long lifespan because they are not a part that will suffer from normal wear and tear. If anything fails in the cartridge it will be the small rubber inlet seals on the bottom. They may also become clogged with mineral deposits from the water. Fortunately, they are easily replaced and cleaned. In theory, the ceramic discs can last a lifetime, however they normally need to be replaced every 25 to 30 years. This is a significantly longer lifespan when compared to the ball which typically has a lifespan of 3 to 5 years at most.
Another benefit of a disc cartridge is it provides greater protection for the water valve. Due to the design, water flows between the two ceramic disc seats rather than a rubber seal and water valve. As a result, the valve on the faucet is better protected. Better protection means a lower likelihood of corrosion or wearing out from daily use.
A third benefit of using a ceramic disc cartridge is whenever a repair is needed, the cartridge is easily replaced. The disc cartridge is essentially a self-contained system consisting of two ceramic discs rotating on top of one another. As a result, when a part does wear out users can simply replace the entire cartridge and install a new one. This makes faucet repair much easier because the entire faucet does not need to be disassembled. Additionally, no special tools are required to complete the removal and installation.
The final reason to use a cartridge is accuracy. Because the ceramic disc operates in only two directions (up/down and left/right) rather than a spherical direction to control water flow and temperature is easier to accurately gauge the temperature and flow of the water during use. It also makes it easier for users to independently adjust the flow and/or temperature as needed.