Building a luxury shower is all about choosing the right shower head, but many high-end designs combine multiple types of shower heads in a single shower to get all the benefits of each.
(PRWEB) July 22, 2014
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Building a luxury shower is at the top of many homeowner’s to-do lists, but high-end showers come in all shapes and sizes, and different types of shower heads offer a wide variety of different shower experiences. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to a few of the most popular options, as well as their quirks, pros, and cons.
The trend toward bigger and more decadent shower spaces and tighter water use regulations means that even “basic” shower heads are getting a little fancier. Many have special aerators that help disguise a lower water output, and multiple functions to help customize the shower experience. At the minimum, look for a three to five function shower head with a solid brass construction, and keep an eye out for labels that indicate technology that increases water pressure while lowering water use.
Hand showers are a European-style shower head that’s become a popular luxury option here in the states. Rather than being attached directly to the wall, these shower heads are built to be held in the hand and are attached to a long flexible cord rather than a traditional shower arm. The shower heads hang on a hook on the wall so they can be used like conventional shower heads, but also detach so they can be manipulated. This makes it easy to target water to specific areas of the body, and is also great for cleaning the shower and bathing pets.
Rainfall shower heads are another common feature in high end luxury showers. Unlike regular shower heads, which are designed to spray water forcefully through the nozzles, rainfall shower heads have large, flat faces that spread water out and allow it to drip naturally through holes in the face, recreating the sensation of gently falling rain. These shower heads should be fixed much higher than a normal shower head, either attached to a long, curved shower arm or mounted directly to the ceiling, to get the maximum effect.
Many high end showers have more than one shower head, and often include at least one main shower head, one rainfall shower head, and multiple body sprayers attached to the walls for a 360 degree, all-encompassing spray of water. The problem with these showers is that they’re not only costly and invasive to install, but they can also be quite expensive to maintain, as they use significantly more water than a more conventional shower.
Shower panels are a simple alternative to a full custom shower. Rather than installing the shower heads in the walls, shower panels have multiple shower heads and body sprayers attached to a single flat metal or plastic panel. The whole unit can be installed in place of the existing shower arm, allowing one shower head worth of water use to power a whole custom shower worth of shower heads. The overall pressure will be a bit less intense and come from only one direction, but shower panels don’t require any invasive demolition or construction and use significantly less water, making them a better fit for smaller scale luxury shower remodels.
Shower systems offer a sort of middle ground between fully custom showers and shower panels. Unlike a shower panel, they don’t usually have built in body sprayers, but their more minimalist design means they tend to be much leaner and more elegant, with both shower heads attached to a long metal pole. The hook that holds the hand shower in place can be raised or lowered so the shower head can be used alternately as a traditional shower head or a body sprayer, while the rainfall shower head is elevated high overhead for a gentle all-over spray. Limiting the shower system to only two shower heads means both have a bit more water pressure than those on a shower panel, and can usually be installed in an existing shower without any major construction or plumbing alteration.
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