Buying a shower can be both confusing and costly if you get it wrong so I have included this page to help you
understand the basics. If you are still in doubt, please give me a call on 01267 468109.
Electric showers are the most common kind and work off a mains water supply. You must have a minimal mains pressure for these to work as they
will not work off a storage tank in the loft. A good size wattage for a shower is between 9.5kw and 10.5kw but you must have the water pressure and flow
to get the best results for it to work. You can also buy electric showers in 7.5kw and 8.5kw. Please check the manufacturer's instructions first - these are
usually available online. You also need to bear in mind the cable size and RCD device. This is best dealt with by a fully qualified Part P electrician as this
can be a costly extra.
Pumped showers are exactly that: non-electric showers that are helped by a separate electric pump. It's worth noting that these usually have to be
sited in the airing cupboard and the hot water supply has to be fed off the first point out of the hot water cylinder for the guarantee to be valid. See the
manufacturer's instructions for details. Don't forget it will need an electric power supply: again, read the instructions.
One final thing to bear in mind is the size of your storage tank. If it is too small and your pump is too big, then it will not be long before you run out of hot water.
Electric Power showers are low ampage, electrical internal pumped showers which have a Hot and Cold feed which is gravity fed. These cannot be
fed from either mains or pressurized systems.
Manual Showers can be gravity fed, pumped, or supplied by a pressurized system.
Thermostatic showers are the same as manual showers except that they will maintain a set temperature and are usually more expensive.
Built-in showers look good but need to be housed in the wall by at least 75mm to 100mm along with the pipe work. You need to know that this can be
done before buying a shower of this kind. One point to keep in mind is that if it goes wrong, it could mean that the surrounding tiles need to smashed off
so the repairs can be carried out.
Digital showers are the in thing and can be sited in the roof area. They have an internal pump which is gravity fed and can come with a remote control set.
These are highly recommended but they do come with a price tag to match.
Wet rooms have slowly been making their way into British homes since the start of the 1990s. They not only add value to a property but also make the
showering experience more enjoyable than in a traditional cubicle. The main difference between a shower enclosure and a wet room is the lack of tray.
A gradient in the floor helps to drain the water and a glass panel is used to keep the water within the shower area. Drainage is key to the success of a wet room
and you may require a pump to remove the water. The major advantage is that everything is on one level making wheelchair access easy. The price also has an
impact as there are a lot of unseen materials and labour costs. A wet room has to be correctly installed and is not recommended for the DIY novice.
I can also supply and fit most mobility bathroom equipment from a bath to a complete wet room, subject to drainage requirements. Walk-in baths
with integral bath seats allow you to enjoy bathing and feel safe getting in and out of the bath. Showers too can still be enjoyable as long as you have the space
you need to move. Seating rails and alarms can also be easily fitted.