Most people refer to faucets and other controls that are seen on the sink as plumbing fixtures. The truth is that they are really fixture fittings. There are a lot of fittings that are used in a plumbing network that are unseen to the naked eye. They include devices to control pressure, devices to prevent backflow, as well as many valves.
Most homeowners cannot just tell by looking at a fixture if it is solid brass or not. This is because some fixtures that are made with less durable materials have been coated to make them appear like they are brass. It is a good idea for a homeowner to speak to the builder to make sure that the fixtures and fittings that are being used in the home are brass. Regardless of the external appearance, solid brass fixtures and fittings provide a lifetime of reliability.
Some homeowners shy away from brass because it can be slightly more expensive than fixture fittings made with other materials. The truth of the matter is that in most cases, the price of brass and non-brass fittings and fixtures is comparable. Even though brass fittings and fixtures are more expensive, the quality and dependability of the products make the extra few dollars invested in them well worth it.