4 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A SHOWER
Are you looking to design the shower of your dreams? If so, here are four important factors to consider.
1. Available space
Once you have the dimensions of your space, you can decide which type of enclosure will work best in your bathroom. For instance, square and off-set quadrant-style enclosures are perfect if you have limited space, whereas rectangle or shower/bath combos may be preferable if you have a larger room. In addition, the available space in your bathroom will dictate what type of door would work best, such as sliding, swinging, hinged or bi-fold.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive showerhead that’s easy to install and replace, a wall-mounted model is the way to go. Conversely, hand-held showerheads are a bit more versatile. For example, they can be used as a fixed showerhead or taken out of their cradle and used to bathe pets or wash children. If these two options don’t appeal to you, you can also opt for a luxury showerhead such as a rain showerhead, body sprays or a dual showerhead. Just keep in mind that certain showerheads require different strengths of water pressure.
3. Shower valve
A properly installed shower valve can make showering more pleasant by reducing temperature fluctuations and surprise changes in water pressure. For example, pressure-balance valves are affordable and have a single handle that controls both the water flow and temperature. The biggest drawback is that it maintains a constant temperature by changing the water pressure, so the water flow tends to fluctuate.
Conversely, a thermostatic valve has two handles. One handle controls the water flow and the other controls the water temperature. This system is designed to maintain both water pressure and temperature. As such, many thermostatic valves include a dial that allows users to pre-set the water temperature. However, they tend to be quite pricey.
Before purchasing a shower, you should reflect on how you plan to use it. For example, deciding whether the shower will be used by children, adults or guests will help you make an informed decision. For instance, if the shower will be used by older relatives or people with mobility concerns, you may want to think about using non-slip tiles, installing grab bars or incorporating a seat area.
If you need help with your next bathroom renovation project, the team at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning offer a variety of plumbing services.
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