If you are not familiar with the differing
types of showers then it's a good idea to read
about shower types first.
When selecting a shower type the first
steps are to look at your existing heating system and the proposed
location for the shower.
If you have central heating then you
will probably want to consider a power or mixer shower. If you have
a combi boiler a standard mixer shower usually works quite well
and provide an adequate water flow rate as
the both the hot and cold supplies will be at the mains cold water
pressure. Remember that shower pumps
and power showers cannot be used with combi-boilers.
If getting both hot and cold water
to the shower is problematic then consider going electric but do
consider that the installation cost for an electric shower is several
times the cost of the shower itself (there's more on installation
Showers can be installed in many locations
other than bathrooms and are often installed in an annex or bedroom
where space is available. There are rules about the how close showers
can be to power sockets and this needs to be taken into consideration
where the installation is outside a bathroom.
A separate shower cubicle is often
fitted, sometimes in place of a bath or sometimes separately. There
are a wide range of sizes and designs available including cubicles
designed for ease of access or to enable a carer to assist. Trays
also come in a wide variety of designs, some low level, some needing
a step up. Cubicles need connection to drainage and depending on
drain runs this can impact the type of tray that it is practical
to fit. If drainage runs are difficult waste pumps can in many cases
assist. If you are fitting a shower over a bath the wall will need
tiling to shower height and a shower screen
or curtain fitting. Tiles remain the common choice for showers
but a range of waterproof panels and tile sheets are also available.
These negate the need to clean grout and are particularly useful
in hard water areas.
An extractor fan is also a good idea
if you don't already have one and in conversions or new builds is
a requirement. These can be fitted in ceilings and walls and in
most cases have a 'run-on' timer to ensure condensation is reduced
by continuing in operation for a few minutes after the lights have
been turned off. Fans that operate based on humidity levels are
Need assistance? The process is that
The Shower-Man at 50plus will come and look at the existing plumbing
and heating installation, discuss your ideas and requirements and
draw up a written offer and specification for your agreement before
starting work. The Shower-Man is happy to install your purchased
shower, tray, cubicle and more. Do consult us if you need advice.
Contact us or arrange a visit online here.