Choosing the Right Shower for Your Bathroom

Having a shower is a commonplace feature of everyday life and is part of almost everyone’s daily routine. A shower is quick and easy and it fits in well with our hectic lives. What you may not realise is that there is quite a bit to consider when choosing a shower for your bathroom.

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1.       Electric Showers

Electric showers are a very popular choice for many homeowners. Easy to install, they use water directly from the mains which is heated as the water passes over a heating element in the shower. Electric showers can be used over baths, in a shower enclosure or shower room.  The biggest advantage to an electric shower is that you can have a shower whenever you like without having to check if the water is hot enough. The downside of an electric shower is that the water tends to flow at a slower speed, especially in the winter when the water is colder.

2.       Power Shower

A mains pressure shower or power shower is also a very popular type of shower. Power showers uses the same domestic water heating that sends hot water to your taps. One of the advantages to these showers is that although you get instant hot water, only enough is produced for the amount that you need. One of the major disadvantages of a power shower is the fact that if your boiler or hot water tank breaks down, you will be left with no hot water in your shower.

3.       Showerheads

Once you have decided on the type of shower, you can choose what type of shower head you would like. You should choose a shower head that is suited to your needs. There are four main types of shower head – handheld, wall mounted, ceiling mounted and finally those that are combined with a series of body jets.

Handheld should be considered, if only for a second shower head as they are handy when rinsing off messy children, cleaning the bath etc. Huge shower heads, often ceiling mounted or wall mounted, have also become extremely popular. Multiple jet showers are another emerging trend, comprising not just one shower head, but a host of side jets and sprays.

4.       Shower Enclosures

It is often seen as better to have a separate enclosure as opposed to an over-bath shower. Enclosures are made up of glass panels, a door and a shower tray and complete kits can be bought to be fitted on a DIY basis. Alternatively, you could make use of a recessed area, adding just a door and tray.

5.       Walk-in Showers

Walk-in showers differ from enclosures in the sense that they are more of a showering area as opposed to an enclosed unit. They usually feature just one glass panel separating them from the bathroom. Walls and floors must be fully waterproofed, as with wet rooms.

6.       All-in One Systems

All-in-One systems are the ultimate in extravagance, incorporating enclosure, tray and shower and body jets, not to mention the extra options including LED mood lighting, seating, steam, fragrance and music. If you can afford this sort of luxury, the all-in one shower system will provide you with a shower experience like no other!

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