Ago 182014
 

Buying a shower unit can be a big, and expensive, decision. Replacing or changing to a shower unit is a common requirement – many homes are replacing the traditional bath, which can be expensive to run, and changing to a shower unit.

In addition, many houses are installing a second shower – be it as an en suite or as part of a mud room. As a result, the availability shower units, and the variety of styles, are greater than ever. Many will consider a fibreglass shower unit is the sensible option – but this is not always the case, and there are a number of options worth considering.

Some Disadvantages

Fibreglass shower units provide an instant challenge – their size. They are generally supplied as a completed unit. This is heavy and bulky.

Getting the unit into the house can be a challenge on its own. Many people having significant renovations taking place on a house can take advantage of brining such a unit in through an unfinished window – though this is not a feasible choice for most. The bulkiness makes the unit difficult to manoeuvre, combined with the relative fragility of the fibreglass unit, damage can easily occur.

Damage in the form of chips, cracks and splits and is very difficult to repair – often damage results in a new unit being required, at significant cost as well as effort.

Fibreglass shower units are designed to be a one-stop solution – unfortunately this means that they are very difficult to customise or alter once they have been installed. Additional shelving is difficult to install without damaging the unit and, once in place, there are no options to change the colour of the unit without a full replacement.

Consider some Alternatives

There are a number of alternatives to fibreglass showe units, with numerous options depending on the style or functionality desired.

Glass shower units are stylish and easy to maintain. They can be expensive and often need professional installation – but they are supplied in sections, making it easier to get them into a property.

Tile showers require the correct walls to be in place, and generally fit well in the corner of a room, or in a small en suite – finished with a glass or plastic shower door. Tiles offer the advantage of being fully customisable – allowing colours, patterns and mosaics to form part of the shower. They can be cheap to install and part of a home improvement project. They are also easier to replace than the glass or fibreglass – though removal of tiles can be time consuming.

For the more adventurous, there are a number of metal shower units available. They are, generally, more expensive, but most metal showers are finished so that they do not show stains or water marks – making them easy to maintain with a long life span. Again they are supplied tin sections, but generally require professional installation. However, the distinguished looks do come at a price – as the water on metal results in a noisier shower than the other options.

 

Phil Turner counts himself as a bathroom design expert nowadays, having rebuilt three bathrooms in three years. In his most recent installation he was looking at designer shower cubicles and thinking of putting one in himself. He was told to watch the slot and lock video on YouTube showing how simple modern cubicles are to assemble. He decided it looked too awkward for a one-man DIY job and called in the professionals.

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