Shower installation is an intricate and difficult task to undertake, but it is one that requires the right skills and equipment. If you’re thinking about installing a shower yourself then there are a number of things you need to keep in mind before you begin. It can be a frustrating experience but, if done correctly, shower installation shouldn’t be all that difficult. Here are a few pointers that will help make your shower installation go as smoothly as possible.
The first thing you need to think about is whether or not you want an integrated shower system. These tend to be more expensive than the normal systems but are more complicated and therefore require the right plumbing skills install correctly. An integrated shower installation involves a shower enclosure, a drain, and a waste pipe all fitted to one single unit. Before you start any work you should buy the required equipment and fittings from a reputable store. Make sure you have a plan drawn up beforehand so that all the plumbing is clear and everything fits together.
You should also ensure that the floor area you’re planning on including is suitable for the size and shape of the shower you’re planning on fitting. If you’re fitting a new shower then you should leave a three-inch space on the edge of the floor to be able to get behind the shower if needed. The floor area is going to include the floor, the wall and the floor backing which need to fit securely together.
Next you should decide whether you’d like a freestanding or wall hung shower. Both of these systems require different sized pipes and different lengths. Make sure you measure very carefully indeed because your bathroom is going to look odd if you choose a non standard size pipe. Most suppliers will measure it for you but you might still have some room to make some adjustments. Make sure you opt for a high quality showerhead which will give you many years of use before any replacement is necessary. They are available in numerous styles and finishes, some are more stylish than others.
Make sure you buy quality fittings otherwise your new shower floor will not last long. Shower floors must be waterproof and the walls must be properly plastered. Any shower installation should be left to a professional to avoid any damage due to water pressure or accidents.
It is possible to do shower installation yourself. There are lots of websites on the Internet with easy to follow videos. You can pick up many useful tips from these sites. However if you’re not confident then I wouldn’t recommend it. Always work with a reputable bathroom remodeling company in San Diego who will ensure a successful job.