Showers now form an integral part of any modern bathroom and there are now more options available than ever before. So, it’s essential that you plan your new bathroom carefully and precisely before making a start. Here we share some tips and advice on how to make the most of your showering experience.
Check the water pressure
Before choosing your new shower it’s vital that you find out whether your water pressure is low or high, as well as what the flow rates are like. Once you’re equipped with this information you’ll have a better understanding of what type of shower valve and shower head to opt for. Once you have determined this, you can then evaluate the available space for the shower enclosure.
If you have low water pressure, a shower pump can be fitted to give a much needed boost. Choosing the right shower pump will depend on the type of tank that you have, whether it may be a hot or cold water tank or a combi boiler, as well as where it’s located in your home. Before choosing a shower pump it’s a good idea to ask an experienced plumber for advice as there are various types to select from. Getting the pressure correct is key to achieving the best possible experience from your shower.
Enhance a feeling of space
Having a spacious area to shower in is an important part of creating a luxurious experience. If you aren’t lucky enough to have plenty of room consider creating a wetroom or a wet area, which are both great options for enhancing a feeling of space. Having a wet area means that the space needs tanking and there are a variety of options available. If opting for a wetroom or wet area it’s recommended that you hire a professional to carry out the work to ensure trouble-free use. It’s vital that you choose the right tiles too, as some types create a very slippery surface when wet. Mosaics are a good option as they provide an eye-catching feature and reduce the risk of slipping.
In a wetroom or wet area the floor will need to be on a slight gradient, this ensures that the water drains away quickly. Where there is no visible shower tray the only drainage that you will notice is a neat, metal grille at the end where the shower head is.
If you would prefer a shower enclosure take into consideration your available space, as different enclosures are suited better to different size areas. Walk in showers look great in large bathrooms and quadrant enclosures, as well as bi-fold doors work well in small bathrooms.
When you have decided on the type of shower area that you want to create you can then choose a shower. One of the most popular options is combining a two-way thermostatic shower valve with a diverter so you can fit a fixed shower head and a shower handset. Shower heads that mix air with water provide a rainfall style effect and they use water in a more efficient way. Some fixed shower heads even feature colour changing LEDs to add ambiance to your daily shower.
Author: Liz Robinson