zoe shower heads – If you are thinking about changing your bathtub you might 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 let you know what is what when it comes to showers.
Manual Shower Valves
Here is the most elementary kind of shower. Most manual showers have a single lever control that you use to control the flow of the water and the temperature. They’re extremely simple to use and generally are not expensive.
The great advantage of a thermostatic shower enclosure is it may provide a constant, even temperature and deal with changes in the temperature and flow of the hot and cold water feeds. Most thermostatic valves have additional anti-scald safety features and will cut off the flow of water when 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 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 a single lever valve, a double valve has two controllers, one controls for its rate of water flow and a second control for your water temperature.
Triple Shower Valves
A triple valve has three controllers; one for your water flow, one for the temperature and a third that is generally a diverter. The diverter is beneficial in case you have two shower heads. It’s 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 choose that shower head water is fed into.
Sequential Shower Valves
This is one we get a great deal of questions about. A sequential valve has a single lever which operates rather like the knob on your own stove. When the lever is totally anti-clockwise the bathtub is off. As you rotate the lever it turns out the shower ends on. With a successive valve “on” means fully on so you have complete pressure right away. As you rotate the lever further you increase the temperature of this water.
A recent newcomer is your shower stall or shower tower. This is a single unit which contains 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 easy to install but may require very large water pressure to work nicely so that you might choose to install a bathtub pump as well.
These days, shower parts are standardized enough you could pretty much pick and choose the parts that you wish to produce the shower of your dreams. You may select from hundreds of shower valves, diverters and prevent valves, have multiple heads, ceiling mounted heads, riser railings, stiff risers or body jets to build precisely the shower you want, 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 they simply need a cold water source so you have simpler plumbing and don’t need any hot water to conduct 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 hot and cold water supplies. A power shower does not heat the water ; it pushes water through and enhanced water pressure, providing you with 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 need to learn about showers but a good start!