Changing the shower unit is part of giving your home a face lift. Complete shower units come with a shower head, shower tray and a glass enclosure. However, installing a complete unit is not only about buying a shower tray and enclosure glass. There are so many things that you have to factor in to ensure that you succeed in the makeover project. In fact, the quality of the shower unit can help in raising the value of your home. On the other hand, installing a shower unit can be a complicated affair for beginners. Below are some tips that will help you do things the right way.
1. Install a Shower Head
For starters, it’s recommended that you begin by changing the shower head. The good thing is that there are various types of shower heads that include those that are fitted on the ceiling and handheld shower heads. Handheld showers are available in two variations. You can opt for the one that is installed directly on the wall of the bathroom or the other one that is mounted on a rail. A handheld shower head comes in handy when you want to clean stuff in the bathroom. This is because it comes with a flexible hose that’s long enough to reach many places. The advantage of installing the handheld shower on a rail is that you can increase or reduce its height to match with your needs.
If you want to fix your shower head on the ceiling, you have the privilege of choosing between those that come with adjustable nozzles and the other type that features several jets packaged into one shower head. The adjustable nozzles give you the freedom of determining how you want the water to flow over your head.
2. Install a Shower Tray
Nowadays modern bathroom feature a shower tray that’s either made from enamel, stone, water proof wood or ceramic material. The shower tray helps in gathering the water that’s dripping over your body and directs it to the drainage system. This helps in ensuring that the water doesn’t go to other areas in the bathroom. These trays actually come in unique shapes and colors.
You can choose between rectangular, square and oval shapes. They are actually designed to be installed alongside shower enclosures. As a matter of fact, the design of the shower tray will also determine the size of the enclosure wall. In fact, you should measure the space that you have set aside for the shower tray. This will help you in buying a shower base that fits well without calling for any deconstruction of the bathroom.
3. Glass Enclosures
An enclosure made from glass looks elegant. When designing an enclosure in the bathroom, you should not compromise on quality of the glass panels. At the end of the day, you want a glass that can withstand any kind of punishment. A glass that can break easily is dangerous because it can cause fatal accidents. Moreover, you want glass fittings that will last for many years without requiring replacement. If your bathroom is small, it’s advisable you settle for a frameless glass because it’s easy to clean. In fact, framed panels are a preserve of roomy bathrooms. Besides that, you have to choose between clear and tinted glass.
Clear glass is preferred by most homeowners because it allows light to flow into the enclosure and is easy to clean. After all is said and done, you have to measure the length and the width of the enclosure to make sure you know the size of glass panel that will fit. On the other hand, installing a glass enclosure is tricky because a slight mistake will cost you an arm and a leg. You should therefore call an expert to fix the glass panel for you.