Have you decided to redo your bathroom shower system rather than go through the costly, disruptive, time-consuming ordeal of a full demolition of your current shower? Smart choice!
To get started, here are a few choices you’ll need to start considering.
What do you want for your water sources?
The old days of a standard shower head in a phone-booth style shower are long gone. You have many options for transforming your morning shower ritual into a luxurious, spa-like experience. The choice you make for water source(s) will determine your daily shower experience, so start to think about:
Your shower head: Do you want an overhead style? How about a hand-held one?
Additional water sources: Do you want a body spray or two? Maybe a steam shower would delight you?
Your current plumbing situation: Will additional hot water needs overwhelm your current boiler? Will a retrofitted shower head and/or sprays match the size of your current pipes? Does your drainage system need to be adjusted to accommodate a different water volume?
These may seem like a lot of questions, but considering them now, before hiring contractors or purchasing materials to do it yourself, will save you money and potential problems down the road!
What features do you want?
There are no shortage of additions to your shower that will delight you each and every day. Select from:
- Built-in caddy or storage
- Glass enclosures
- ADA shower pans or a standard shower base
- Safety bars
Prioritize and price these before moving forward with your bathroom shower system redo. It’s the only way to be sure you get the bathroom system you want within the budget you’ve set!
Materials matter – what is important to you?
There is a wide range of shower materials on the market, and you’ll need to choose the ones that work best for you and your budget. For example, some shower heads will be inexpensive, but may not offer the water pressure or water experience you really want. Some will come with hidden costs that will be on display when your first water or heating bill arrives.
We recommend non-porous, easy to clean materials such as Meridian Solid Surface products. A solid surface product eliminates the need to re-grout tiles, helps prevent leakage, and is easy and inexpensive to install. But whether you go with Meridian or not, be sure to consider similar, hygienic, water-resistant products for your system. Along with price tags, pay attention to customer reviews, and compare terms of the warranties. You don’t want to expend the funds for a redone shower system, only to be disappointed in the equipment or performance!
Above all else, enjoy the design experience. Redoing your shower system is an opportunity to take your time to examine what you really want, see it become a reality, and then enjoy it for a long time. Good luck!