Making Your Shower Enclosure Sizzling
Shower heads can make or break your bathing facility. Purchasing the right model is paramount to the quality of a good wash up experience, plus the right fixture can save you water and energy. Fortunately, if your present fixture leaks or you simply want to upgrade to a more modern model, replacing the hardware is not a difficult job.
You just have to be aware that just like any other bathroom remodelling project, you have to follow a few common sense steps as well as use the right tools and your bathroom makeover should proceed smoothly without a hitch.
(Learn how to replace or fix your showerhead like a pro, here). Before the early 1990s, many manufactures had water flow rates of five to eight gallons per minute.
Today however, there are a wide variety of low-flow models available, these new low-flow showerheads reduce water use without sacrificing the quality of the shower experience. New economical shower head flow rates of 7.6 lpm (2 gpm) saves water and money.
The other good part is there are so many new innovations in bathware these days you have a multitude of specialty shower head options to choose from.
Handheld, multi-function as well as luxurious rain fixtures, large models like waterfall showerheads and multiple-head directional showers give you the choice to create your shower to best suit your individual lifestyle and water consumption needs.
A growing trend in showers these days is towards a combination of showerheads as compared to the more traditional single wall mounted unit. Today’s low flow showerheads have reduced water consumption from the conventional 8 gpm (spray per minute) to models that use only 2.5 gpm saving you substantially on your water bill.
These new fangled units allow you to adjust the water spray from fine to coarse and offer you the option to regulate the waters stream from a gentle relaxing pulse to an energetic stress release massage. The Waterpik, a handheldd 4 setting shower head massager allows you to delivers up to 30% more water force while using less water.
The most economical type of showerhead you can purchase is your conventional standard wallmount unit which can only be adjusted by rotating the showers neck and come in varying spray types to fit the needs of most home owners.
A Downpour You Want to Get Caught in
A new interesting direction in product development is the top mounted or overhead model. If your ceiling is low or you just want a contemporary look to your shower, these products work well.
Rain showers are dictated by oversized units installed directly overhead so when they are turned on they mimic the feeling of rain falling from the sky. They come in various sizes from five to sixteen inches in diameter.
Some are installed directly in the ceiling while others can be held in position by extended risers that emanate horizontally from your shower wall. Waterfall showers are similar but instead deliver a steady sheet like stream of water from an oversized groove type opening in the overhead showerhead.
Handheld showerheads come complete with hose and mounting bracket and have a three to six foot gooseneck hose attached to the showerhead.
These are the most versatile types of models and allow you to grasp the unit and easily manoeuvre the spray in any direction which can come in handy if you have limited mobility, when cleaning your shower enclosure or when rinsing a pet or a young child.
A shower with multiple-showerheads is a fast growing movement in trendy design and is taking the home improvement market by storm. These range from whole body spray units to body-spa showerhead panels.
With these units you can treat yourself to the ultimate total-body shower experience. Both of these multiple-head shower options offer a combination of shapes, sizes and spray patterns (some even include chroma therapy) that can be adjusted to spray at various heights and directions.
The good thing about whole body showers is that because of the crisscross spray of the water from adjacent walls, you can quickly take a shower without getting your hair wet.
The downside to these units is that they tend to use more water, they normally need to be installed by a professional and you may require substantially more water pressure which typically means larger supply lines.
Shower panels (shower towers) are similar but the water jets are arranged vertically from neck to knee level on the panel and are great for receiving a powerful massage.
Bathing spaces as well as showerheads have become increasing sophisticated and as a result now offer you an incredible array of personalized options to increase the satisfaction and comfort level of the user. The only decision you have to make now is which model is right for you.