Bathroom designs and styles are always changing. Wet rooms and shower rooms are becoming increasingly popular and can often be the best-looking room in the house. Your clients may ask that you advise on what YOU think they should have installed. So, what are the factors to consider when giving this advice?
- Will it fit?
A pretty obvious one to start with. We tend to post occasional pictures of botched plumbing jobs done by cowboy plumbers on our Facebook, so believe us when we say we are no stranger to people who have made silly mistakes like not considering this one. Basically, don’t be that guy/girl! Measure and stick to the units you started with, preferably mm. Just to be safe!
- Water System
The choice of shower can be limited due to a certain number of factors, one of which is the type of water and heating system. Mains pressure systems requires a large water cylinder to store the heated-up water in, where as a combination boiler system will rely on the mains pressure, but does not need any additional storage cylinders. Basically, it heats the cold water as and when used. Finally, there’s the Gravity system which uses (you guessed it) Gravity within it’s mechanics. Pumps are often used in upstairs water sources to drag the water up to the taps/shower etc, otherwise it would all flow downwards, towards the centre of gravity.
Depending on the space you calculated, from the first point on this list, you now must make a decision on what style shower to put in. Obviously, what the client wants has to come first, but you can use your expertise to sway them towards a more suitable option for the space. For example, a shower with a tub at the bottom will take up more floor space than a tray. If your customer is pushing for more functionality and accessibility, a walk-in shower is best, especially for people who use wheelchairs.
- Type of shower
The market today has many kinds of showers, but lets keep to the main ones that you most likely will choose between, for now. There are thermostatic showers which reduce temperature change issues, as turning on a tap/flushing the loo elsewhere in the house will not shift the temperature. Mixer showers have a hot and cold feed and the two then ‘mix’ together to get the perfect shower temperature you desire. Along with standard electric showers which heat the water from the cold feed before outputting it, there are also new digital showers which can offer increased control (and style). They can be touch pad activated, or even voice controlled through Bluetooth devices to set the correct temperature and flow.
This one is very important, as it basically decides what is and what isn’t possible for this installation. With a low budget comes limited options, but with a larger budget and a larger shower room there is more freedom of market choices. Talk to your client about the prices of the different shower options and then they can decide what they want and how much they wish to spend.
If you consider all 5 of the above points, you’re on to a winner and it all comes down to your installation skills… but we know you’ve got that side covered!