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66 SHOWERS Showered with possibilities We’re awash with showering options today. Ann Boardman, customer services and marketing manager at Saniflo UK, runs through some of the options There are so many showering options available today. From complete wet rooms, to the shower over the bath, from the exotic, to the super practical, and as an installer, it’s wise to know about the possibilities so you can be clear about what will and won’t work for your client’s situation. At some point it’s likely that you’ll be called upon to install a wet room. Whether that’s in either a domestic or commercial setting, you must consider several major points including location of the wet room, ease of access and inclusive design, available space, style, budget, time scale and, of course, drainage. There are more options to choose from than ever before, which can make the process seem daunting. However, no matter which type of wet room you go for, each carries with it a varying degree of hassle, expense and upkeep, all of which must be considered. If you’ve ever been to Morocco you’ll have admired the super smooth looking tadelakt, which is a stunning wet room or shower area surface. Tadelakt requires a lot of heavy initial work as, although striking, it needs a lot of plastering and the plaster can only be applied to a waterproof substrate. Then, ongoing maintenance is required to ensure the tadelakt surface remains waterproof and clean, and for this, often the entire area needs to be treated with a special soap every few months. So it looks great, but it’s not that practical. Shower enclosure styles can be pretty high maintenance too. The initial installation is a messy, often time consuming process, sometimes requires excavation of the floor and always requires tiling and grouting. Keeping a tiled shower area looking pristine is also a task in itself. The key here is the bigger the tile, the better. No homeowner wants to spend his or her time scrubbing grout or re-grouting to keep the bathroom looking good. Shower cubicles offer a swift and efficient showering solution for any shape or size of bathroom. In some cases, you can have a watertight “No matter which type of wet room you go for, each carries with it a varying degree of hassle, expense and upkeep, all of which must be considered” space, complete with the shower, controls and doors fitted and ready to enjoy in less than two hours. Now that’s super practical. Depending on circumstances, some cubicles have the option for you to choose your own shower fittings, and others feature an integrated thermostatic control. Humid environment Look for cubicles that don’t require silicone. In the humid environment of the bathroom, silicone will deteriorate and discolour without constant maintenance. Generally speaking, if no silicone is required, the wall panels of the product are cleverly designed to fit snugly within the shower tray. Choose cubicles with a leak free promise. If you choose wisely, from a quality manufacturer you should find that water simply runs down the inside of the shower with no chance of escape. As there’s no need for tiling or grouting, your shower will also stay looking as pristine as the day it was installed. Look for cubicles that use Cristal Plus Glass. Cristal Plus is a permanent, anti-limescale coating that minimises the build-up of calcium deposits and dirt on glass, reducing the need to clean. This transparent chemical treatment is resistant to hot water and UV rays, encouraging water to run off the glass without leaving streaks or water marks. Unconventional situations You can even have your domestic or commercial wet room anywhere a water supply can reach but there’s no mains drainage using a series of macerators and pumps, designed for unconventional situations, including basements, lofts, garages and even under stairs cupboards. In a loft conversion, for example, space is particularly limited for an en-suite wet room in the rafters. You can hide a pump or macerator in the triangular loft space next to the room and this is enough to service a WC, wash basin and shower, giving you a more complete en-suite wet room rather than just a WC and basin. You can even find pumps that can be used with powerful rain showers in areas where there is some underneath space, albeit limited, such as spaces that feature tiling or vinyl flooring, or showers with super slim shower trays. So the next time you’re working on a wet room or shower installation, remember the possibilities beyond the average shower over the bath and don’t be limited by drainage issues. www.hpmmag.com December 2016 enquiry number 149 Showers cubicles offer a swift and efficient solution for any shape or size of bathroom


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