Multiple factors must be considered before buying a new bathtub or shower, from the sizing and style to customizability and features. These aspects will make buying the perfect bathtub or shower easier. Here are a few tips to help you when buying a new bathtub or shower.
Tub Size and Shape (Slope and Height)
Foremost, before buying a new bathtub, you should consider its size and your bathroom’s layout. Some bathtubs require an elevated platform to be installed, so make sure your bathroom has the space. Also, you should consider the shape of the tub. The shape highly influences how comfortable you feel in it. If you don’t have a lot of space in your bathroom, opt for an untraditional shape so it fits. This is also an opportunity to go for a new style and change the aesthetics of your bathroom. Oval and round shapes are more modern than the standard rectangular bathtub. Consider the height and width of the tub to ensure you have enough space to move around inside and are comfortable.
Weight of the Bathtub
It is essential that you have enough structural support to install your bathtub. You should calculate the weight of your bathtub and whether your floor can handle the new weight without an additional structural support system. Getting a professional inspection of your bathroom is advisable to determine if the floors can support the bathtub weight and if any additional support must be installed.
Installing a shower first requires an inspection of your bathroom layout to make space available for a new unit. But only if you wish to install an entirely new shower space instead of merely replacing the shower heads. Shower spaces come in a plethora of shapes and sizes, so make sure the dimensions match the space. Also, consider the functionality of your bathroom. Adding in a shower shouldn’t cramp up the space; it should fit in seamlessly, allowing easy navigation through the bathroom.
Valve and Other Settings
There are two types of valves, pressure balance valves and thermostatic shower valves. A pressure balance valve has a single handle that controls the volume of water released and its temperature. However, a thermostatic shower valve has two controls; one is for water amount and the other for temperature. A few other features are key to look for when replacing a shower. A good showerhead will have multiple settings to customize your experience depending on what you’re in the mood for. Choose one with a pulsating option for an invigorating massage, or go with a more traditional setting if you just want to rinse off. If you’re worried about water waste, look for a model that has a low flow setting. This will help reduce your environmental impact without sacrificing your comfort. Make sure the shower handle is easy to grip, especially if you have trouble gripping slippery objects. We invite you to contact us at 616-866-5134 and talk with our skilled plumbers at Kellermeier Plumbing.
Depending on the water pressure in your home, you should choose a shower that will facilitate easy water flow. The water pressure will probably be higher if you have a combined boiler. Mixer showers work well with this pressure. If your home has low water pressure, an electric shower will work best with your low-pressure system. An advantage of this system is the immediate availability of hot water since water is only heated when needed. Nowadays, the options are endless, and the chances are that you will find the perfect shower or bathtub no matter your budget or style. If you’re unsure about anything, consult a professional installer at Kellermeier Plumbing for expert advice. Remember these tips when shopping for a new bathtub or shower.