Choosing a new shower can be an enjoyable experience, though it may seem a bit daunting with so many different types and looks to choose from. It is key to do your research, as there are a number of things to consider before choosing your brand new shower. Here are five things for you to think about.
1. What types of showers are there?
Electric Showers – These are the quickest and easiest to install, as they do not need a separate hot water feed. They heat water on demand, using their own heating elements, so are cheap to run. Electric showers are ideal for second bathrooms and en suites.
Mixer Showers – These are easy to install as most bathrooms have a hot and cold feed, and work by mixing the two together to get the desired temperature when you shower. Mixer showers work best if your home has high water pressure, or can be used with a pump if the water pressure is low.
Thermostatic Showers – The safest for the elderly and young children. This type of shower keeps water at a constant temperature with a thermostatic valve, which the user can adjust to the desired temperature. The risk of scalding, due to someone turning on a tap elsewhere in the property, is prevented.
Eco Showers – These limit the water flow and can be specified for both electric and mixer types.
Digital Showers – These are controlled by a panel, which communicates with the power unit fitted in the loft or airing cupboard. The preferred temperature and rate of flow are delivered to the showerhead. These are sophisticated setups, with no visible plumbing and remote control.
2. What water system do you have?
Your choice of shower may be affected depending on the type of water and heating system in your home.
Mains pressure (Unvented hot water) system – Requires a large water cylinder, to store hot water that has been heated at high pressure by a boiler, or emersion heater.
Combination boiler system – Now very popular, this is a boiler that relies on mains pressure water and does not need any additional tanks or cylinders. This heats pressurised cold water, when required, and delivers it to the showerhead. The pressure required depends on the number of showers in your home and the size of the showerhead. If you have a large style showerhead, or you already have additional showers, you will require a higher water pressure.
Gravity system – These are usually only found in older homes, with a cold water tank in the loft and a water cylinder in the airing cupboard. A pump is used to provide extra pressure if needed.
3. How much space is available?
The amount of space available in your bathroom will be a major factor when it comes to deciding which shower design to choose. You will need to measure the available space in your bathroom and plan what shape would be the best fit. Square, d-shaped and rectangular shaped showers fit nicely into most bathrooms, whereas pentagonal and quadrant designs are best suited for corner spaces.
Over the bath showers – If you have a smaller bathroom you may want to consider an over the bath shower. This option is practical and ideal for those who want to save space. Over the bath showers require either a bath screen or shower curtain.
Shower tray – Free standing shower enclosures are ideal for medium to large-sized bathrooms or en suites. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes and often require panels and a door. Shower trays can be slimline or elevated depending on the type of plumbing you have and whether pipes lie above or below flooring.
Walk-in shower – If you have a large-sized bathroom and a lot of room to spare, you may want to consider investing in a walk-in shower. Walk-in showers provide a lot more showering area than enclosures do. You must take into consideration that walls and floors must be waterproof.
4. How much are you willing to spend?
What is going to suit your budget? Showers differ in prices depending on their style, size and features. Are you looking for a shower that’s more standard and practical? Or more luxurious and stylish like a rain shower?
5. Will it fit in with the rest of your bathroom?
It is essential to plan how the shower will fit in with the rest of your bathroom. Things to take into consideration are: choosing the correct style, ensuring there is enough space for your needs, privacy, and lighting in relation to windows.
Investing in a new shower for your bathroom can be exciting once you’ve decided on the perfect one. The next step is getting your shower fitted. We always recommend hiring a professional plumber for bathroom renovations. To find out how M Wilson Plumbing can help install your new shower, call 07983 138153 or contact us online.