How to choose the best shower for your bathroom
Choosing the perfect shower is a combination of science and art. There are showers for over the bath, showers that need their own cubicle, and digital mixer showers you can control from a smartphone.
In this guide, we will look at some of the best types of showers, how suitable they will be for your customer's property, and how the design of showers can have a big impact on the final aesthetic of the bathroom or en suite.
What kind of water system does my customer have?
Before you can choose a type of shower, you need to know what kind of water system is at the property. This will affect how the property generates and supplies hot water, as well as the maximum water pressure in the pipes, which could rule out certain types of shower.
Is it a gravity fed system?
A gravity fed hot water system uses a storage tank, usually in the loft space of the property, to raise the hot water higher than the point of use. This is what creates the pressure in the pipes.
The overall water pressure is usually significantly lower than with a high pressure vented system or a high pressure unvented system, which we'll compare below. Because of this, you'll normally need an electric shower or power shower to pump the water at higher pressure.
Is it a high pressure vented system?
A high pressure vented system is likely to be what you have if your hot water is produced by a combi boiler. Hot water is generated on demand, every time you turn on a tap.
If there is a combi boiler, it's important not to install a shower that uses a pump, as you want a type of shower that relies solely on the pressure in the hot water pipe instead.
Is it a high pressure unvented system?
A high pressure unvented system is similar to a gravity fed system. The main difference is that a gravity fed system will often also have a cold water tank in the loft, and uses this height to create the pressure in both the hot and cold water supplies.
In a high pressure unvented system, it is only the hot water that is supplied from a high-up storage tank. This means the overall water pressure is a combination of the mains pressure (for your cold water) and the gravity fed pressure (for your hot water).