A shower is not just a shower! There are power showers, mixer showers, electric showers, rainfall showers, digital showers, smart showers – in fact a shower to suit everyone, although your bathroom and water heating system may not be suitable for all the options.
As the shower experts in the Bristol area we are besieged with questions about showers, and always happy to share our expertise, whether it is on the phone or in our shower and bathroom showroom.
We’ve asked our bathroom consultants to come up with some of the most frequently asked questions about showers they receive from our customers, and have answered them as best we can, so you can whet your appetite for enjoying an invigorating new shower experience:
No, you can’t because power showers operate with a built-in pump and need to be connected to a hot water cylinder, which combi boilers don’t have. Thermostatic mixer showers are the best type of shower to have with a combi boiler because they guard against fluctuations in temperature if someone else switches on hot water while you are showering. Alternatively you can opt for an electric shower which does not impact on the boiler at all.
Not a shower as such, but there are ways to boost your water pressure. The most obvious is to install a special pump to increases the flow rate. There are many reasons why the shower pressure is low, all of which should be checked by a plumber before you invest in a new shower. The height of the shower head can affect the pressure, and things like limescale build-up in old pipes. There are also specially designed showerheads available that increase the intensity of the spray they produce. Our experts can usually find a solution for your dribbling shower.
The main indicator for how big your shower can be is, of course, the size and layout of your bathroom. Standard shower tray sizes come as small as 32”x 32” (80 x 80cm), but for comfort’s sake we’d recommend a 48” x 36” (120 x 90cm) size shower as minimum. There’s no maximum limit – if you’ve got the space go as large as you like. Corner showers are a good option for fitting into small bathrooms.
Admittedly there is a vast and confusing array of shower heads on the market, and it can be difficult deciding which is the right one for you. The first thing to consider is what installation type you favour – fixed to the wall or ceiling, built into the wall, or mounted on a slider rail for height adjustment, for example. When it comes to the head itself a lot depends on the available water pressure, and your personal preference. Decide whether you like to stand in a steady pouring rain of water, fancy being hit with intense jets of water, or perhaps like a steady pulsing stream. Rainfall showers are definitely the most popular, but you don’t necessarily have to go with the general flow!
A stylish and unobtrusive shower for a contemporary bathroom, walk-in showers are watertight shower enclosures (usually glass) with no door to close, and with a floor (or bottom tray) that is flush with the rest of the bathroom with no barrier or threshold to step over. They’re easy to clean and of course very accessible, aesthetically pleasing in that they make a bathroom look larger and harmonious. We can show you some stunning examples of walk-in showers.
Building regulations require that shower doors should be made of toughened or tempered glass, which means the glass is specially strengthened (up to five times stronger than non-tempered glass), but if it were to break it would shatter into small ice-cube like pieces rather than sharp shards.