How to choose the right shower for your home
With so many options to choose from with shower design, selecting the right shower as part of your bathroom renovation can get a little overwhelming. In this article, we review the various features available.
Traditional versus smart control showers
Smart control showers have popped up everywhere in the market. These include personalised shower pressure preferences, preset temperatures, and even varying coloured LED lights to suit your mood!
While appearances are notable, the functional aspects should always take priority. If you’re a technophobe or prefer a simpler bathing experience, traditional shower controls are perhaps more practical.
Fixed versus adjustable shower heads
Adjustable rail showers are a great option for families, as altering the position of the shower head as well as being able to hold it in the hand will suit every individual height. However, the hose, extended rail and locking nuts can compromise the aesthetic appeal. Fixed shower heads look tidier. An increasingly popular choice is waterfall showers which allow the water to rain down from above.
Consider additional features such as double heads or jet spray massagers for a relaxing soak and stress relief.
Examine the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) rating which ranges from zero (low) to six (highly water-efficient). We recommend choosing at least a WELS 3 star rated shower head.
Not every type of shower head can be installed in your bathroom, so please consult with us before finalising your choice.
If the shower area is small, persisting with a shower curtain that sticks to your skin can ruin the showering experience. A clear glass shower screen not only prevents water from spraying out, but also opens up confined spaces.
The tray-shape within a cubicle is another key decision with rectangle, square, and pentagon options being the most popular. Depending on the layout of the bathroom, it may be possible to create a walk-in shower room facility with a frameless or semi-framed access point. A sliding shower door may be required if the cubicle is too close to the bathroom door.
A shower over the bath can be a good space-saving solution, but consider the practicality, whether it is convenient for all family members to climb in.
Whichever decisions you make regarding shower heads, screens, and access points, none of these will compensate for poor water flows. If this has been an issue with your current showering experiences, we will work with a plumber to boost the water pressure.
To reduce costs, we recommend locating plumbing near other water outlets within the bathroom. The added advantage is that heated water will travel less distance, so will be more energy efficient.
When functionality is supported by a design that’s both practical and aesthetically pleasing, your daily showering experiences will be better than ever.
Please contact BluChip Bathroom Renovations now for an obligation-free consultation.