42 inch fiberglass shower stall – If you’re contemplating changing your shower you may well have looked around a few toilet shops and been surprised by the number of alternatives you have. Even choosing a shower enclosure may be a confusing business so here is a guide to tell you what is what when it comes to showers.
Manual Shower Valves
This is the most basic type of shower. Most manual showers have one lever control that you use to control the flow of the water and the temperature. They’re very simple to use and usually are not expensive.
The great advantage of a thermostatic shower enclosure is it may provide a constant, even temperature and deal with fluctuations in the flow and temperature of their hot and cold water feeds. Most thermostatic valves have additional anti-scald security features and will cut off the flow of water if the cold water supply fails.
Concealed / Exposed describes the way the shower enclosure is mounted onto the wall. A concealed shower enclosure is built into the shower wall so that the majority of the valve is hidden and just the control levers are visible. An exposed valve is mounted on the shower wall so the whole mechanism is visible. Many shower valves may be mounted either exposed or concealed.
Twin Shower Valves
Unlike one lever valve, a double valve includes two controls, one control for its rate of water flow and a second control for the water temperature.
Triple Shower Valves
A triple valve has three controls; one for the water flow, one for the warmth and a third that is usually a diverter. The diverter is beneficial in case you have two shower heads. It is getting more common to have a fixed shower head over the shower and a hand-held shower head too. The diverter on a triple shower enclosure allows you to choose that shower head water is fed to.
That is one we receive a lot of queries about. A sequential valve includes one lever which works rather like the knob on your cooker. When the lever is fully anti-clockwise the shower is off. As you rotate the lever it turns the shower ends on. With a successive valve “on” means fully on so you have full pressure straight away. As you rotate the lever further you raise the warmth of the water.
A recent newcomer is the shower stall or shower tower. This is one unit which includes all you will need for a stunning shower. Specifications vary but typically include a shower enclosure (often thermostatic), a diverter, a fixed shower head, a hand held shower and many body jets. Shower panels are simple to install but may require very large water pressure to work well so that you may want to install a shower pump too.
These days, shower parts are standardized enough that you can pretty much pick and choose the components that you want to create the shower of your dreams. You can choose from hundreds of shower valves, diverters and prevent valves, have numerous heads, ceiling mounted heads, riser rails, stiff risers or body jets to build exactly the shower you want, individual and customized for your own needs. After all, how else will you receive a shower with 16 jets and a 12 inch shower heads?
Electric showers heat the water as it moves through the shower so that they only need a cold water supply so you have more easy plumbing and do not need any hot water to conduct them. Electric showers are particularly well known in en-suites.
A power shower is essentially a shower with a built in pump. A power shower needs both hot and cold water supplies. A power shower does not heat the water it pushes water increased water pressure, giving you a stronger shower. Power showers are ideal where you have low water pressure, perhaps in a bungalow.
So there you have it. Not quite all you want to know about showers but a fantastic start!