Whether you’re in the process of building a new home or simply remodeling an existing one, shower installation can be a great (and occasionally, very necessary) upgrade for many older homes. Even if your home hasn’t been built in recent years, it’s still possible to upgrade with a few simple and inexpensive changes. Whether your home has a shower, or you’re simply replacing an outdated unit, it’s a good idea to hire someone to do the job. In most cases, installing a shower can be a relatively simple process that’s done in no more than an hour or two, making it a simple upgrade for virtually any budget.
There are several types of shower stalls, including the traditional “bathtub” design and the most common modern variation, the shower stall. The tub type is the most traditional way to install a shower, and many homeowners choose this option for reasons such as compatibility with existing fixtures, ease of maintenance, and design. However, since the tub version doesn’t have the wide range of features available in a shower surround, like the massaging jets and heated seats that a shower surround unit does, it can be a little less convenient than it’s more expensive cousin. For this reason, many people who’d rather keep their tub in use choose a shower stall. This option has many benefits, including easy maintenance, compatibility with existing fixtures, and the ability to add more showering options if you want.
A shower enclosure, like the typical “claw foot tub shower”, is another popular shower installation choice. These units feature a curved metal frame with three or more individual shower heads. They aren’t as deep as traditional tubs, and many of them don’t have seat and/or jets, but many of them still provide a comfortable shower experience and can save space. Most of them require plumbing knowledge, and expertise, as well as the ability to install them by hand. They are, however, a more expensive way to go, with prices ranging from about $500 to more than a thousand dollars.
A shower stall takes up less room and is an easier shower installation option than a claw foot tub. Shower stalls, which can be installed with a simple handheld shower kit, fit best in bath rooms that are just large enough to accommodate a shower base and shower head, rather than a room full tub. These also tend to cost a bit less than the full-sized tubs do. These are also an excellent choice for elderly or disabled folks, who may not feel comfortable using a full-sized bathtub. In addition, if your bathroom is already equipped with a shower stall, installing a shower enclosure isn’t necessary.
Finally, you might want to consider a shower cabin. This is an enclosure that encloses the shower itself – the plumbing and all, inside the shower enclosure. You can either install it on your own with plumbing tools, a self-adhesive shower liner, or install it with a floor jigsaw.
Installing a new shower enclosure can be tricky at times. If you’re having trouble, it’s often a good idea to consult someone who’s had experience with shower installation. This can be especially important if you have special needs to get the shower flooring right. Additionally, no matter what you decide, don’t skimp on your budget. The shower flooring will make a difference in the overall look of your bathroom, so spend a fair amount of money.