treated glass shower doors – If you are thinking about changing your bathtub you may well have looked around a few bathroom shops and been surprised by the number of choices you have. Even picking a shower valve may be a tricky business so here is a guide to tell you 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 very simple to use and generally are not costly.
The excellent advantage of a thermostatic shower valve is that it may provide a constant, even temperature and cope with fluctuations in the flow and temperature of their warm and cold water feeds. Most thermostatic valves have additional anti-scald safety features and will reduce the stream of water if the cold water supply fails.
Concealed / Exposed describes the way in which the shower valve is mounted on the wall. A hidden shower valve is built into the shower wall so that most of the valve is hidden and only the control levers are observable. An exposed valve is mounted on the shower wall so that the whole mechanism is observable. Many shower valves may be mounted either exposed or hidden.
Twin Shower Valves
Unlike one lever valve, a double valve includes two controllers, one controls for the speed of water flow and another control for your water temperature.
Triple Shower Valves
A triple valve has three controllers; one for your water leak, one for the warmth and a third which is generally a diverter. The diverter is useful in case you have just 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 valve allows you to select which shower head water is fed into.
This is one we get a great deal of questions about. A sequential valve includes one lever that works rather like the knob on your cooker. When the lever is totally anti-clockwise the bathtub is away. As you rotate the lever it turns out the shower ends on. Having a successive valve “on” means fully on so you have full pressure straight away. As you rotate the lever farther you increase the warmth of the water.
A recent newcomer is your shower stall or shower tower. This is one unit that includes everything you need for a stunning shower. Specifications vary but typically include a shower valve (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 quite large water pressure to operate nicely so that you may want to install a bathtub pump too.
These days, shower components are standardized enough that you can pretty much pick and choose the parts that you want to produce the shower of your dreams. You can choose from hundreds of shower valves, diverters and stop valves, have multiple heads, ceiling mounted heads, riser railings, rigid risers or body jets to build precisely the shower you need, individual and customized for your needs. After all, how else are you going to get a shower with 16 jets and a 12 inch shower heads?
Electric showers heating the water as it passes through the shower so that they only require a cold water supply so you have simpler plumbing and do not require any warm water to run them. Electric showers are particularly popular in en-suites.
A power shower is basically a shower with a built-in pump. A power shower requires both cold and hot water supplies. A power shower doesn’t heat the water it pushes water through and increased water pressure, providing you with a stronger shower. Power showers are perfect in which you have low water pressure, perhaps in a bungalow.
So there you have it. Not everything you need to know about showers but a fantastic start!