Top 5 Things to Look Out For When Installing a New Shower

Installing a new shower may sound like a very simple thing but wait until you begin the process; you then realize it is not as easy as you thought it would be. It involves serious consideration of several aspects. To make the process easier and simpler for you, this article explains top 5 things to look out for when installing a new shower.

  • The Size of Your Budget

The amount of money you wish to spend with the installation is going to play the biggest role when installing a new shower. This is so because every type of shower comes with its different size of budget. The more sophisticated a shower is the more money you are going to spend on it. For example, if you wanted to install a wet room layout of a shower, this would be quite expensive, costing you between $750 and $1000. The range of options to choose from is very wide; all you have to do is to walk into a supplies store or a manufacturer’s factory and see what best suits your needs.

  • The Amount of Floor Space Available

Another great aspect to consider when installing a new shower is the amount of floor space available in your bathroom. If your floor space is limited, then it becomes important to pay attention to this aspect.

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For example, if you have some limited space, you can go with a glass shower enclosure coupled with a bath tray. This is because a glass enclosure is seamless and the clear view will give an impression of a large space. A sliding door is best suitable for some limited space because there is no swing allowance needed, which is the case with other types of doors. If space is large enough, then you can go with just any type of shower enclosure.

  • The Shape of Your Bathroom

Some years ago, the shape of the bathroom was a big issue since there were no discoveries of shower enclosures that could fit in just any shape of the bathroom. However, over the years, that is not a problem; there is a shower type for any shape of a bathroom. For example, if you have a corner shaped bathroom, then you can go with an enclosure that combines a glass enclosure with seamless sweeping curves.

For a centrally shaped floor space, you have a wide range of options to choose from because this can go with just any type of shower enclosure. Such considerations include several panels and types of doors (hinged, sliding, bifold, or pivotal). Access to water pipes will also play a key role when deciding the position of your new shower because changing the water system is quite an expensive endeavor.

  • Taste and Preferences 

Your unique personal needs also play a critical role when installing a new shower. This entails what you intend to achieve in the bathroom. Most people switch from a bathtub to a shower enclosure due to the exemplary features it offers. This change is motivated by the need for more sophisticated features like a wet room and power pressure hand shower, which cannot go with a bathtub. Other showers come with a height-adjustable hand showerhead so that you do not have to worry about the height of such fittings. Others come with an underfloor heating system so that you do not have to deal with the cold floor under your feet. Other people opt to go with a halogen LED light system that does not only bring in the perfect look and feel but also helps in saving them money with the electrical bills.

  • The Surround 

The type of material you use for the surround matters when installing a new shower. This is because it also affects other aspects such as the budget and style, while other surround materials can help keep you and your family safe from diseases. For example, marble, stone, and slab surround materials are very expensive and will require a large budget. Acrylic and ceramic tiles, on the other hand, are the cheapest surround materials and they can go with a constrained budget. Acrylic is also water-resistant and does not allow bacteria and fungi growth, which helps prevent mold growth.

However much we try, we may not be as good as a professional when installing a new shower. This, therefore, means that you will at one point need professional advice to take you through the wide range of options available. They will also help you do the installation, which you might not be able to do by yourself.