Buying a new shower is probably a bigger deal than you realise, it is used on a daily basis and is one of the items in your house you take for granted, I know I do! If you are looking to update your shower here are a few points to consider.
Buy from the right type of retailer
These days you automatically get a warranty when you buy something. However, that is only of value if the shop you bought it from is still in business years down the line. If they have closed down, there is no way you can take advantage of your warranty should something go wrong.
Better Bathrooms have already been in business for decades. They have a dedicated customer services team, which makes it easy to get help and advice should you need it.
Think about how you are going to use your new shower
When choosing your shower cubicle, think about how you are going to be using it in a few years’ time as well as now. This is particularly important if you are a slightly older customer. A shower cubicle with a lip that you find easy to get in and out of now could easily cause difficulties as you get older and can no longer move freely. You also need to think about leaving enough space to install a shower stool.
If you have kids it is important to make sure that the shower height can be adjusted sufficiently. You also need to bear in mind that by the time your children are teenagers they are likely to be taller than you.
Ease of cleaning
Think about how easy it is to keep your shower clean. For some people, an all glass cubicle that needs cleaning completely every time it is used is not a problem. But, in all likelihood, for a family with young children, they might not be the most sensible option.
The type of shower you can have is, to some extent, governed by how good the water pressure is in your home. If it is not particularly good you may want to consider having a pump installed as well.
When making changes to your bathroom you need to make sure that you comply with building regulations. The rules change more regularly than you may think, so always double check.
Important safety features
It is also important to consider safety when installing a new shower. A surprising number of people scold themselves every year while showering. Choosing a shower that has a built in thermostatic valve eliminates this risk.
Naturally, you will want to make sure that you stay in budget. Ask for an in-depth quote and check that everything you want is included.
When working out which shower to buy remember to leave enough money to take care of any extras that you will need. Little items like soap dishes and bath mats soon add up, so make sure you list these costs when you work out your budget. It is surprising how easy it is to miss something and end up with a bigger bill than you expected. This article lists the hidden costs that catch homeowners out the most.
Hopefully these points will help you make the right decision for you and your family when purchasing your new shower.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.