A walk-in shower can be a wonderful addition to your bathroom, adding to your home’s value and offering years of enjoyment. Constructing a walk-in shower is not a DIY project, so you’ll want to consult with a professional about the layout, plumbing, and structural issues that will need to be addressed. Here are 4 things to know about walk-in showers.
- Walk-in showers offer tremendous accessibility and safety. The lack of a door and a threshold eliminate the possibility of tripping when entering the shower, and make it much easier for family members with mobility issues to enter and exit the shower safely. The lack of glass slider doors contributes to ease of access. Cleaning and maintenance are also much easier for the homeowner.
- Special lighting and ventilation are not required. Because walk-in showers don’t have doors, no special ventilation or lighting is needed outside of the shower. If the walk-in shower is very large, lighting and ventilation can be installed inside the space.
- Showerhead placement is important to contain water flow. Water has to be directed away from the opening into the shower, and should not be capable of reaching other fixtures or lighting in the bathroom. When choosing fixtures for the shower, consider the spray radius of the showerhead to reduce the chance of water exiting the space.
- Walk-in showers are usually custom designed and installed. A walk-in shower can be added to a corner of a bathroom, or can replace an existing shower or bathtub. The walls and flooring in and around the shower need to be designed to contain water, so custom tile work and partitions are usually part of the project. A homeowner’s needs and preferences can be easily addressed when designing a walk-in shower.
For more information about designing and installing a walk-in shower, please contact:
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL