It’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning any renovation – you want to ensure proper techniques are utilized for installation, while creating the aesthetic vision you had in mind. In any case, don’t be afraid to lean on your contractor for advice and ask questions. If you are still in the early stages of searching for a contractor, you may be interested in reading the list of questions we’ve compiled when assessing a window contractor. A few questions are specific to window installations, but most can be generalized to apply for your shower enclosure contractor or any renovation you wish to complete at home.
If you are planning on renovating your shower and bath tub area, you’ll want to review the following considerations below to safeguard a durable and beautiful bathroom space.
Draining & Plumbing
1. Shower Tiling
When selecting floor tiles for the inside of your shower enclosure, smaller tiles are recommended as they are easier for assembling a slope – an important feature for any water flowing structure to have. Smaller tiles also allow for better grip on the wet shower floor to avoid slipping and falling, and can be further enhanced by using tiles with a texture on them. For more information on how to choose shower floor tiles, read our blog on How to Choose the Perfect Tiles for Your Shower Makeover.
2. Drain Pipes
If you are removing an existing tub and replacing it for a glass shower enclosure or remodelling an existing shower enclosure, you may wish to inquire with your contractor about using a wider perimeter for your pipes to help drain more efficiently. Hair, dirt, oils and soot from your shower all contribute to the clogging of pipes, so increasing the size of the pipes may help alleviate any future blockages.
Adding Functional and Decorative Accents
1. Shower Sills
A popular feature many people are adding to their enclosed glass showers are built-in shower sills as they project a more seamless, unified look compared to installing a shelf after placing on the wall tiles. If you plan on incorporating fitted shower sills in your shower enclosure, then you must ensure your contractor will install sills that slope downward to avoid water accumulating in the sills.
2. Window Feature in the Shower
This is a beautiful feature, which adds natural light and creates the feeling of more space in shower and in your bathroom. In addition, once you have completed your shower, the warm sunlight entering through combined with the opening of the window will help evaporate excess moisture in the shower, deterring bacteria and mould growth.
Some things to note for installing a window are to request for windows which offer privacy such as frosted glass, as well as a slope on the window sill so water does not sit on the sill consistently.
3. Shower Enclosure or Tub
Bathtubs have made a comeback recently with the appeal of vintage and comfort returning to home décor and most realtors will advise keeping at least one tub in your home for resale value. However, practically speaking, showers are more often taken than baths due people’s busy schedules and the desire to save water and money. If you’re really stuck on deciding between the two, check out our previous blog Showers Versus Tubs Showdown to help you breakdown the pros and cons.
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