all around shower curtain – If you are thinking about changing your bathtub you may well have appeared around a few bathroom shops and been amazed by the amount of choices you have. Even choosing a shower enclosure can be a confusing business so here’s a guide to let you know what is what when it comes to showers.
This is the most basic kind of shower. Most manual showers have one lever control that you use to control the flow of the water and the temperature. They are very simple to use and usually are not expensive.
Thermostatic Shower Valves
The excellent benefit of a thermostatic shower enclosure is it can provide a constant, even temperature and deal with changes 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 when the cold water supply fails.
Concealed / Exposed describes the way the shower enclosure is mounted on the wall. A hidden shower enclosure is built into the shower wall so that most 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 can be mounted either exposed or hidden.
Unlike one lever valve, a twin valve includes two controllers, one controls for its rate of water flow and another controller for your water temperature.
Triple Shower Valves
A triple valve has three controllers; one for your water flow, one for the warmth and a third that is usually a diverter. The diverter is beneficial if you have two shower heads. It is becoming more common to have a fixed shower head over the shower and a hand-held shower head as well. The diverter on a triple shower enclosure lets you select that shower head water is fed to.
Sequential Shower Valves
That is one we get a great deal of questions about. A sequential valve includes one lever that works rather like the knob on your own stove. When the lever is fully anti-clockwise the bathtub is off. As you rotate the lever it turns the shower ends on. With a sequential valve “on” means entirely on so you have complete pressure straight away. As you rotate the lever farther you raise the warmth of this water.
A recent newcomer is your shower stall or shower tower. This is one unit that includes everything 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 several body jets. Shower panels are easy to install but can require quite high water pressure to work well so that you may choose to install a bathtub pump as well.
These days, shower parts are standardized enough that you can pretty much pick and choose the components that you wish to create the shower of your dreams. You may select from hundreds of shower valves, diverters and prevent valves, have numerous heads, ceiling mounted heads, riser railings, stiff risers or body jets to build exactly the shower you want, individual and customized to your own needs. After all, how else will you get a shower with 16 jets and a 12 inch shower heads?
Electric showers heat the water as it passes through the shower so they only need a cold water supply so you have more easy plumbing and do not need any hot water to run them. Electric showers are particularly popular in en-suites.
A power shower is essentially a shower with a built in pump. A power shower requires both hot and cold water supplies. A power shower does not heat the water it pushes water increased water pressure, providing you with a stronger shower. Power showers are perfect where you have low water pressure, maybe in a bungalow.
So there you have it. Not quite everything you need to know about showers, but a good start!