cast covers for shower – If you are thinking about changing your shower you may well have appeared around a couple of toilet shops and been amazed by the amount of alternatives you have. Even choosing a shower enclosure can be a confusing business so here is a guide to let you know what is what when it comes to showers.
Here is the most elementary kind of shower. Most manual showers have one lever control that you use to control the circulation of the water and the temperature. They’re extremely straightforward to use and generally are not expensive.
Thermostatic Shower Valves
The great advantage of a thermostatic shower enclosure is it can provide a constant, even temperature and deal with changes in the flow and temperature of the warm and cold water feeds. Most thermostatic valves have additional anti-scald security features and will reduce the flow of water if the cold water supply fails.
Concealed and Exposed Valves
Concealed / Exposed refers to the way in which the shower enclosure is mounted onto the wall. A hidden shower enclosure is built into the shower wall so that most of the valve is hidden and only the control levers are visible. An exposed valve is mounted onto 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 has two controls, one control for the rate of water flow and a second controller 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 generally a diverter. The diverter is useful if you have just two shower heads. It’s getting 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 into.
This is one we receive a lot of questions about. A sequential valve has one lever that works rather like the knob on your cooker. When the lever is totally anti-clockwise the shower is away. As you rotate the lever it turns out the shower turns on. Having a successive valve “on” means entirely on so you have full pressure right away. As you rotate the lever farther you raise the warmth of the water.
A recent newcomer is the shower stall or shower tower. This is one unit that includes everything you need for a sensational 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 simple to install but can require very large water pressure to operate nicely so you may choose to install a shower pump as well.
These days, shower components are standardized enough that you can pretty much pick and choose the components you want to produce the shower of your dreams. You may select from hundreds of shower valves, diverters and stop valves, have multiple heads, ceiling mounted heads, riser railings, stiff risers or body jets to build precisely the shower you need, individual and customized to your needs. After all, how else are you going to receive a shower with 16 jets and a 12 inch shower heads?
Electric showers heating the water as it moves through the shower so they only need a cold water source so you have more easy plumbing and don’t need any warm water to conduct them. Electric showers are especially popular 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 pumps water through and 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 everything you want to know about showers but a fantastic beginning!