Choosing Your Shower Faucets

27 Dec Choosing Your Shower Faucets

Are you planning a new bathroom remodel and don’t know where to begin with your shower faucets?   It might be good to familiarize yourself with the different types of shower valves before you get started.  It really comes down to how you want to use the room. What’s important to you?  Do you prefer a body spray or a hand held shower head?  The decisions you make now will most likely be with you for years.  So–take your time and choose wisely.

 

Depending on how you want to set up your faucets will dictate the types of valves that will be needed to operate the new system.  Shower valves can be either Thermostatic or Manual (Pressure) systems.  Thermostatic valves have a device that turns off the flow of water when the water temperature goes above a certain degree. This makes it impossible to scald oneself in the shower.  This valve also solves the problem of the shower losing cold water when the toilet is simultaneously flushed, (causing the shower temp. to increase).  Newer homes with newer plumbing may not be susceptible to this problem so be sure to check with your builder.

In a shower with a thermostatic system, one valve will control the temperature of each water outlet. This may include the shower head, tub spout, any body sprays, hand held showers, rain heads, etc., will have its own volume control.  You then have access to a customized shower experience; all or one water outlet can be turned on at one time with a specific temperature pre-set Manual (Pressure) valves regulate the output of water but the control of hot and cold is done manually by the user. The pressure balancing valve system consists of a single control and handle and the user turns the handle left or right to control the temperature.

As you can see, it is always best to start with function and then move onto form.  Who uses the room? How often?  What are their individual requirements for the room? What’s on your wish list?

And of course, it’s always best to plan it out and set a budget before you spend a dime!