Shower Guide – Care Showers

Care Showers, are actually just Electric Showers and therefore function in the exact same way.

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However Care Showers are actually specifically designed for the elderly, visually impaired or physically disabled.   The overall features of Care Showers, ensures the utmost confidence in showering safety for the end user.

Care Shower features usually include Thermostatic controls, so that the temperature is constantly regulated, push button/easily accessible controls, and adjustable time shut down, which automatically shuts the shower down after a certain time limit.  Care Showers also offer longer hoses and shower rails for extra flexibility when showering.  Features and benefits may vary between manufacturers, so it would be wise to ensure that the Care Shower you purchase meets all your requirements.

Shower Guide – Booster Pumps

Booster Pumps, are generally required if you already have a mixer shower and are experiencing flow problems due to low pressure in the supply pipe work.  A pump can be installed to increase the pressure of stored hot and cold water, not from mains-fed water. For example, Power Showers cannot be used if you have a Combi Boiler.

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Booster Pumps are available with Single Impellers and Twin Impellers. Impellers are the Inlet and Outlet pipes attached to the pump.  If you are looking to boost your hot water supply then a single impeller pump would be required, if however, you wish to boost both your hot and cold water supply, then you would need to install a twin impeller booster pump.

Shower Guide – Power Showers

Power Showers are surface mounted all-in-one manual units designed for use with a low mains voltage electrical supply and gravity fed hot and cold water supplies.

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Power Showers feature a built-in pump unit, manual mixer assembly and separate controls for flow and temperature.

As per the name Power Showers produce a more powerful spray force than any other shower.  The integral pump boosts the water pressure that generates the powerful flow rates.

Shower Guide – Wireless Showers

Wireless Showers are available in both Electric and Digital Mixer versions.

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Wireless Showers operate with the main shower unit hidden away, and communicates wirelessly with a wall mounted control unit.  These control units can even be located outside the shower area, and can either be operated manually or via a remote control.

Some Wireless Showers systems can even be installed where the riser rail is positioned through the roof with the water supply flowing down, enabling installation, without the need to disrupt any tiling.

Shower Guide – Digital Mixer Showers

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Digital Mixer Showers, like standard Mixer Showers, operate by mixing hot water and cold water to produce the desired temperature.  However, unlike Standard Mixer Shower, Digital Mixer Showers offer control at the touch of a button.  So rather than having to adjust the temperature/flow rate using a manual valve control, Digital Mixer Showers allow you to adjust using a push button control system.  The digital control unit can even be positioned away from the shower to give you more space and flexibility.

Some Digital Showers are also capable of letting you know when the desired temperature is ready and you can simple step in and enjoy.

Shower Guide – Mixer Showers

Mixer Showers are also know as  Manual shower valves or Thermostatic shower valves.

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Mixer Showers, unlike Electric Showers, require no electrical connection.  Mixer Showers work by mixing together hot water from your hot water supply, and cold water from your mains or tank supply, thus creating the required temperature.  Mixer Showers have the benefit of a higher flow rate than that of Electric Showers.  Mixer Showers also offer the controls for both flow rate and temperature, with some shower heads even offering alternative spray options.

Mixer Showers are ideal for properties, with a sufficient supply of hot water.

Mixer Showers are available in two options, Manual Mixer Shower or Thermostatic Mixer Shower.  A Manual Mixer Shower enables you  to adjust the temperature as desired, however, as the water is being supplied by your hot water supply and cold mains feed, if someone turns on a tap elsewhere in the property, then this will affect the water temperature.  For example, if a hot water tap is turned on the hot water supply to your shower is reduced and the temperature of the water will drop due to there being less hot water coming through the shower.  The same applies if a cold water tap is turned on, the temperature however will increase, causing more hot water than cold.  This could be a potential danger, especially if the shower is being used by children or the elderly.  This however is not the case with Thermostatic Mixer Showers.

Thermostatic Mixer Showers, work in the exact same way as a Manual Mixer Shower, however, they have a built-in safety device that regulates the water temperature, if a hot or cold tap is turned on elsewhere in the house.  It is therefore recommended that if you have children or are elderly, then a Thermostatic option is purchased.

Mixer Showers are available in 3 different fixings, EV, B-BIV and B-BIR.

EV (Exposed Variable) – Shower valve is exposed (or surface mounted) and variable height shower head and riser rail.

B-BIV (Built in Variable) – Also known as concealed shower valves. Shower valve is built in to the wall, with only the controls visible.  Variable height shower head and riser rail, ideal for all members of the family.

B-BIR (Built-in Rigid) – Shower Valve is built in to the wall, with only the controls visible.  Rigid shower head, fixed at one height.

Shower Guide – Electric Showers

Electric Shower draw water direct from the cold water mains and heat it as it is used using an heat element within the main shower unit. This means that you can shower at any time of the day, without the need to pre-heat your hot water supply.

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Electric showers are very economical, as you heat only the water that you need. Electric Showers are also the only type of shower that’s independent of the hot water system, so if your boiler fails you can still have a hot shower.

Electric Showers require both a connection to your mains cold water supply and electrical supply. The connection to your electrical supply will need to be carried out by a qualified electrician, as the electrical element within the shower requires a separate fused electrical supply circuit. The electric element within the shower unit is between 7.5kw and 10.8kw, it is important to establish which kW output you require before purchasing an Electric Shower, this can be verified with your electrician.

Electric Showers are a popular choice of shower, as they can easily be installed in old or new properties.

Roman Showers – Over 26 years of Showering

The Roman Showers offer a large range of products including high quality shower enclosures, stunningly contemporary wetroom panels, ingenious watertight bath screens, low level shower trays, state-of-the-art water delivery systems and a range of appealing bathroom accessories.

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Roman Showers Limited has been established over 26 years and is a family owned company. Roman Showers Ltd are based in Newton Aycliffe Business Park in the North East of the UK, and was established in 1985 by the founder Gerry Osborne.

Roman Shower have established them selves as one of the leaders on Shower enclosure and shower screen design and manufacturing and offer up to a 25 years guarantee on there Shower Screens and Enclosures.

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Romans Range of showers screen and Enclosures include:

Standard Ranges: Romans entry level range of showers feature bath screens, shower enclosures and shower trays. Romans standard range of shower screens and enclosures are called the Haven and Collage Range. Roman don’t compromise on quality or aesthetics as even the lowest priced shower enclosures have a minimum of 4mm glass (5mm on bath screens) and timeless designed chrome finishes.

Designer Selection: Roman Showers mid-level range of shower enclosures are names the Embrace and Orbital range. With sleek chrome styling, bath replacement sized enclosures and glass thicknesses ranging from 6-8mm throughout you are sure to find a luxury styled, but affordable design to suit your bathroom plans.

Luxury Living: Romans top ranges are named the Desire and Sculpture Range. If you are looking for a range to surpass the rest then head straight to our Desire and, Award Winning, Sculptures shower enclosure ranges. Both offering a minimalistic design, frame-less styles and a minimum of 8mm glass.

Over the many years of development Roman have also developed a shower screen protection solution called Roman Ultra Care. Roman Ultra Care is an award winning bathroom protector and has a 10 year track record for successfully protecting Roman’s extensive product range. Roman Ultra Care will keep your shower looked its best for many years.

MultiPanel – Not just for the shower!

MultiPanel shower board from Grant Westfield are one of the market leaders in shower and bathroom wet wall panelling. But who said that shower panels are just for the shower??

MultiPanel is a very versatile and easy to cut wet wall panel that can be used in may different ways, and not just for a shower.

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The above image shows how MultiPanel boards can be used as an alternative to tiles in a bathroom and as splash back.

The colour shown is MultiPanel Travertine and are available is a range of sizes and fitting option, from clean cut to tongue and grooved.

The cheapest supplier I could find online is www.rubberduckbathrooms.co.uk who are currently selling these boards from £69.99 which is a massive saving over the retail price which is over £120 per board. Reading through their testimonials and independent reviews they also have a great reputation.

I would recommend checking them out.