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Walk In Shower

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While having a bath can be a relaxing experience, using a shower can be a more refreshing and invigorating experience. It can be a good way to wake yourself up in the morning and get ready for the day ahead. However people can enjoy the benefits of a shower at any time and a walk in shower can be a way to enhance the experience.

In the past many properties used the shower/bath combination as a space saving option in the bathroom, although having these together means that only one can be used at a time. In homes with couples and larger families this can be a disadvantage and if you have the space available a better alternative can be to have a separate tub and walk in shower. This allows both to be used at the same time when needed.

A walk in shower is typically a larger enclosed area in a bathroom which is designed specifically for having a shower. Typically the walls of the bathroom and glass panels are used to form the enclosure and this can be constructed in a variety of sizes to suit most bathrooms. It is possible to get a unit which is fully enclosed with a glass door or it is possible to use a shower curtain as an alternative to a door. If the floor surface and drainage in your bathroom is suitable then the walk in unit can be installed directly on these. However in many cases a shower tray can be installed and this can held to better drain the water as well as providing a safer, non slip surface on which to stand when showering.

The major benefit of installing a walk in shower is that all the water is contained within the unit and this keeps the rest of the bathroom drier. Slipping on a wet tiled floor is a common hazard in a bathroom and a shower inside a walk in unit can reduce the chances of this happening. A walk in unit also lets you install more than just a standard shower and it is possible to install a shower column. Rather than just having a shower head spraying water on you from above, a shower column has jets which spray your body from the side also and this can be a great way of getting a complete water massage.

A walk in shower can also be a good idea for those that are elderly or a little more infirm. Getting in and out of a bath for bathing or showering is not always that easy and a walk in unit for showering can be a better alternative. If enough space is available it is also possible to install ledge seating to make it more comfortable and safer to shower.

There are a few manufacturers that produce walk in units for showers and some of those to look to include Kohler, Pittsburgh Corning Corporation and LineaAqua. Costs will largely depend on the size of the unit, although brand name and materials will also influence this. Costs can range from $500 to $1,000 at the more affordable end of the market although this can increase to around $4,000 for some of the more expensive walk in units.

Installing a walk in shower in your property can be an attractive and practical improvement for your bathroom. They can make having a shower a more enjoyable experience and this can help to make your home a more pleasant place to live. For the advantages they provide it can be worth considering using them in the bathrooms in your home.