Showers offer luxury and utility that other household amenities don’t. Customizing your shower offers more comfort, practicality and opportunity for design.
Looking to get a new custom shower for your master bathroom project? Last year, 83 percent of renovating homeowners upgraded their shower as part of their project.
Here are some of the tips and best features of custom showers for your project.
Water Systems for Custom Showers
Your custom shower largely depends on the type of water system you have. Some shower systems integrate perfectly with water systems because of the way heat is distributed. On the other hand, some water systems aren’t compatible with certain shower systems at all.
The different types of water systems include:
All of these water systems heat your water reserves differently.
A mains system uses either an electric water heater, a gas water heater, or a combination boiler.
Gravity-fed systems use the force of gravity to circulate water and create heat energy. Because of this, they only integrate with low-pressure shower systems.
Unvented water systems have the most compatibility with various shower systems. Similar to a mains system, they can also use boilers to heat water. However, they keep this hot water sealed in a reserve that takes in pressurized cold water.
Mixer Shower System
Mixer showers are the most common choice of showers among homeowners. They draw water from both cold and hot water reserves. Therefore, they mix the temperature of the water to your liking.
You may also have a shower pump installed with the mixer model to regular water pressure. With a pump, you can increase your water’s flow rate better than some other models.
Digital Mixer Showers
Digital mixer showers give you the most control over your showering experience. Compared to other shower models, digital mixers have more settings you can customize.
These settings control water flow and temperature on a digital panel. The digital interface offers a much more precise selection of water temperature and pressure.
Digital mixer showers also bring a flashy aesthetic to your interior space. Their digital panels have sleek, modern designs. The hardware on their stalls also matches the sleek design of the panel.
If you’re looking for a stylish, modern design, a digital mixer shower could be perfect for you. They often come with added smart features.
Digital mixers often come with economy settings, a clock, and Bluetooth capabilities. Once you can connect your phone, you have access to various convenient smart features like these.
Power Shower System
True to their name, power showers produce an increased flow rate of water. If you have a low-pressure gravity-fed water system, a power shower can help you increase your flow rate.
These showers are so powerful because they use an in-built electric pump. You can scale the water pressure higher than you could with other models.
They draw heat from hot water reserves instead of heating the water as it comes. They can’t hold heat the way that other shower systems do. However, they offer increased control over water flow rate.
Electric Shower System
Instead of drawing from hot water reserves, electric showers heat the water as it’s used. Because of this, electric showers never waste hot water. If you have a limited hot water supply, electric showers could be the perfect option for you. They’re known as one of the most efficient types of shower systems.
Electric showers simply use a designated electric heater to heat the water from a cold water reserve. The hot water distributes as you control the heat.
They also maintain their temperature better than other shower systems.
Ever turned on the sink and got a flash of cold water? With electric shower systems, the water temperature heats separately from other utilities. So the water temperature is much more reliable.
Electric showers are also compatible with most water systems and only require cold water reserves for installation.
Thermostatic Shower System
Thermostatic showers are another model with increased water temperature control. You can set the water temperature to reach the desired setting for each use. The water reaches the same temperature on its own when you turn it on.
Like electric showers, thermostatic showers maintain temperature well. They have often come with automatic shut-off settings. So if your hot water or cold supply fails, the thermometer regulates on its own.
Thermostatic showers are compatible with a mains water system.
Besides their drain systems, showers come with a variety of aesthetic and utility features to consider.
Diverters are important components that influence your temperature and flow control. You should also consider the physical orientation of your shower and its water distribution features.
Stall Designs and Shower Heads
Depending on the size of your interior space, you can craft your shower stalls differently. Homeowners commonly choose these shower orientations:
- Corner stalls
- Neo-angle stalls
- Tub/Shower Combo
You can also choose in-wall shower models. Instead of having a stall, these showers sit in a carved out section of the wall. The only exterior part is the door. For these models, sliding doors and hinged doors are available with a custom design.
The type of shower Head you want can also determine the orientation of your stall. Most luxury showers have mounted designs on your ceiling or wall. Rainfall showers are popular choices for this luxury design.
Other shower designs include multi-setting handheld showers. These give you more directional control over water distribution.
If you decide on a shower/tub combo model, you’ll need a valve that converts the transports to the showerhead. This valve is known as the diverter. The main types of diverters include:
The tee-valve is also known as the single-valve, and it’s the most common diverter model. You may recognize this as the small handle contraption on top of the tub faucet. Pushing the contraption diverts water to the tub and pulling it upwards diverts it to the shower.
The two-valve diverter has one handle for temperature and one for water direction. They’re usually integrated with single-handle faucets.
Three-valve diverters have three handles. One for hot water, one for cold water, and one water direction. Older homes typically use these diverters.
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Do you know which features you want the most in your shower? All you need is some design ideas and a compatible shower system.
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