In most households the shower is used on a daily basis, by a number of people. It’s one of the most used appliances in the bathroom, which makes it vital to get everything right if you’re planning to have a new one installed.
Whilst the aesthetic appeal plays a big part in the shower you’ll choose, there needs to be great consideration taken in regards to the plumbing and central heating. With a range of styles and designs available it’ll be easy to find your perfect shower.
What type of shower should I consider?
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When it comes to the shower you pick for your bathroom, a lot will come down to your heating system. Once you’ve addressed this you can decide which of the following would be most suitable in your property:
Electric showers: Electric showers can be combined with any domestic water system. They tend to be connected to the home’s cold water supply, and this cold water will travel through a heating element to warm up. What’s important here is that your fuse board can power the shower with the current necessary.
Mixer showers: Mixer showers suit those with either low or high pressure systems. Hot and cold water is mixed in a valve before being directed to the shower head and both must come from a source with the same pressure. This would include a mains fed system or tank fed water. Mixer showers are connected to the same pipes as other points so flow rate could be affected if a tap is running or a toilet flushed.
Thermostat mixer showers: This type of mixer shower counters the temperature changes by have a pre-set thermostat. For safety purposes there’ll even be a limiting device to prevent burning. Thermostat mixers are the most costly type of shower available.
Power showers: Power showers have the disadvantage of only being installed with low pressure, tank fed systems. The flow rate is heightened by the use of integral pumps. With power showers you’ll need to have a dedicated hot and cold water supply.
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How large should my shower be?
Before making any purchases you want to measure out the space you’ll site the new shower. For a corner shower, measure from the corner outwards along both walls where the base will be positioned. If on the other hand you’re considering putting the shower into an alcove make sure your measurements are accurate wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling.
Should I have a prefabricated or custom shower?
Prefabricated showers are available in a number of styles and colours giving you a lot of choice in the installation. These shower types will often be manufactured from fibreglass or fibreglass-reinforced acrylic. This tends to be more affordable than the custom variety. The units can come as a single-piece or could need assembling. With a custom shower there’s a lot more choice and control over all fixtures and the enclosure’s finish. This would look great and be excellent for a bathroom if you had a budget to suit.
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