Your shower is one of the most frequently used fixtures in your bathroom — maybe even in your whole house! With such consistent wear and tear, you’ll want to install a shower that can withstand daily use and still look good for years to come. If you are considering walk-in or steam showers, make sure to check the codes in your residential area to ensure you are able to fill any plumbing or heating system requirements.
Are prefabricated shower stalls a good choice?
Prefabricated showers are available in a wide range of colors and styles, making them fairly customizable to your bathroom space. They’re typically made from fiberglass or fiberglass-reinforced acrylic, making them more affordable than custom designs. Most come in one of the following styles:
• Neo-angle: A roomier option with a distinct five-sided, diamond-shaped base.
• Round: A corner style with a rounded, finished edge.
• Framed: This option relies on traditional exposed framework and trim to create a strong enclosure. It collects water in a track, which will require occasional cleaning.
• Frameless: This design doesn’t require a frame or track. Frameless showers are usually paneled in glass, which allows lots of light into your shower area.
As for custom designs, though they cost more than prefabricated designs, they give you complete control over all of your fixtures and finishes. If your budget allows it, a custom design will allow you to create a walk-in, zero threshold or double shower design that meets every one of your specifications.
What kind of showerhead is best?
To create a cohesive look, purchase a multiple-piece faucet kit. This ensures that the finish and overall design of your showerhead, tub handle and tub spout are consistent. A rain showerhead is another popular choice and can be installed on the ceiling or wall. Handheld showerheads often pair nicely with a rain showerhead style. If you live in an area where drought it a concern, consider choosing an efficient design that saves water.