If you are looking across a choice of new shower enclosures and aren’t sure what will suit you best, there may be a few things to consider before moving forward. Choosing the wrong shape or material for your new enclosure can be a costly mistake, so it is imperative that you really take your time to consider exactly what you want before purchase.
First, consider the size, shape and height of your new shower cubicle. The feeling of space is key here; if you buy a large cubicle it may cramp the rest of the bathroom, but one that is too small may be uncomfortable to shower in. The perfect size shower will feel reasonably roomy when in and out of it. With regards the height, try to consider enough room between the top of the cubicle and the ceiling; this should also take into account enough room for steam to escape.
When considering positioning, if you already have a shower in the room you want the new installation, try to aim to place in the same location. Moving a shower can be a costly business when you consider the amount of work involved.
Finally, when looking at the shape you desire, try to have it in keeping with the current decor of the bathroom. If you can’t quite make up your mind, perhaps printing a copy of designs off to look at first hand could help inspire you. For a good place to start, check out BathEmpire for a wide selection of shapes and designs.
One thing many people don’t ponder when buying a new shower enclosure is tiling. The price of any new tiles you need putting up needs to be considered when judging the overall cost of a new installation. Furthermore, those who are planning on using their current tiling need to make sure that their new enclosure suits their current tile design.
When looking at your chosen material, make sure that you are buying real quality. For example, should you be considering a chrome finish, extremely low quality enclosures could be susceptible to peeling off or chipping. When looking at metal fittings in particular, try to find a shower than has had an anti-corrosion salt test during production.
Check out the seal too before committing to an enclosure. A good sturdy seal will keep the shower alive for much longer, not to mention keeping your bathroom floor and walls safe from a soaking. Doors with magnetic strips are great for keeping water in.
When looking at the door, check out the rollers too. This can often be the first thing to break on a shower and the last thing you want is to be stuck inside a shower every now and again. Take a decent look and make sure they look strong and sturdy; if you get a chance too, keep sliding open the door repeatedly; this should give you an idea of how effective the function is.
When considering the shower handle, you may want to look at a solid metal design. Although plastic or chrome coated handles are much more affordable, they are often weaker and don’t provide the same aesthetic qualities as their counterparts. To ensure the longevity of your shower enclosure, sometimes it is more important to spend a little more now to avoid investment in the future.
Before committing to anything, make sure you are aware of any possible VAT or delivery costs that may be added to your order. Something may appear to be a fantastic deal, but if the price doesn’t include either of these, then it is likely to cost you a load more than you might first think.
Lastly, some companies offer installation with the cost of your new enclosure and although the price of the unit may be a little more expensive, when you consider that it includes everything, it may be a lot cheaper than any alternative.