There is really nothing like slipping into a whirlpool bath at the end of a long and seemingly endless day. A whirlpool bath can be one of the best additions you can ever make to your bathroom, and the combination of warm water plus water pressure from the water jets can make for a very relaxing yet intense massage-like experience indeed.
If you have decided that a whirlpool bath is for you, there are some practical factors to consider as well. You have to think about these factors when choosing (and installing) your whirlpool bath so you will not end up with a bath that is less efficient or useful than you expected.
One of the very first factors you need to consider is the whirlpool bath’s location. When you have decided the final location of your whirlpool bath, you can then decide on the bath’s size and dimensions as well as its shape. Whirlpool baths come in different shapes, such as rectangular, circular, corner whirlpool baths, and more (to get a better idea, visit http://www.jtspas.co.uk/whirlpool-baths-35-c.asp), and the only way you can choose the right shape is to determine the bath’s location from the beginning.
Placement and weight
You also have to consider factors such as the placement of the basin and toilet, and how this will interfere with the placement of the whirlpool bath. One important tip: if you would like to have a bigger whirlpool bath and you have enough space in your bathroom, you also need to think about the flooring. Is your flooring strong enough to support the additional weight of the larger whirlpool bath? If not, you may need reinforcement built in. To have a better idea if you need extra support for your flooring, speak with an engineer.
The whirlpool bath’s overall size
Of course, the size of your bathroom will often dictate the size of your whirlpool bath. But when thinking of the size, you also have to think about who will use your bath and how often it will be used. You can either choose a one-person or two-person whirlpool bath depending on the size of your family, for instance. Another consideration which is related to the bath’s size is the size of your tank for hot water. On the average, a whirlpool bath will be made up of two-thirds warm or hot water and one-third cold water. So you need to have a tank that has a good capacity as well.
Styles of whirlpool baths
Yet another consideration when it comes to the right whirlpool bath is the style. There are different styles and types of whirlpool baths to choose from, which include recessed, corner, freestanding, and drop-in baths. The recessed style has only one apron (the acrylic, finished side of the whirlpool bath) and three sides which are open and built to be installed in a bathroom’s alcove. The corner style is often shaped like a crescent, with an apron in front and two sides which are unfinished to be placed against the bathroom walls. The freestanding style, meanwhile, is one which features an apron on all its sides, allowing it to be set up away from a wall. The drop-in style is one which is often either installed on a platform or recessed below the level of the floor. This type of whirlpool bath usually does not have any apron and can also be finished or tiled with décor complementing the bathroom.
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Nowadays you don’t have to be content with the basic, small, and average showerhead that simply directs water downwards. The modern showerhead doesn’t have to be standard. Your showerhead can give you a rain shower, provide steam for a relaxing rest, or adjust to give you a personalised spray, and many other options besides. Just one look at the amount of showerheads on display in the hardware store or bathroom store is enough to show you what choice you have. Is now the time to switch your showerhead? Take a look at our hints and tips for a successful shopping experience.
Look at the Different Positional Options
The most traditional showerhead is mounted on the wall, and is attached to the control panel with a hose. But you still have a considerable amount of choice in wall-mounted showerheads, including showers where you can adjust the water pressure and flow, pick different spray options, and even customise the settings to suit each individual user. Other wall-mounted showerheads have been designed for areas with a lot of hard water build-up, or to prevent corrosion. On the other hand, you can choose a showerhead that is mounted at the top of the shower cabin. This is often called a rain shower and it delivers a heavy deluge of water – perfect for enjoying a soaking in the morning or the evening. Showerheads can also be mounted onto a sliding bar where you can adjust the height or the location depending on who is using the shower. Or, you can choose a handheld showerhead. If you don’t want to choose between a wall-mounted and a handheld option, you can also go for both at the same time – ideal when you need the handheld head to wash kids or pets.
Consider Luxury Options
Rain head showers can be the luxury choice when it comes to a simple showerhead, but you can also choose an entirely new shower experience – modern shower cabins come with positional jets, body-massage water jets to surround you as you shower, and steam settings to turn the shower into a steam room. Luxury options take the traditional showerhead way beyond the norm – and you benefit from a supremely relaxing or invigorating shower experience. Take a look at the shower cabins at http://www.jtspas.co.uk/shower-cabins-372-c.asp for some more inspiration.
Consider ease of Use
If you are replacing the showerhead in the master bathroom then you can largely do whatever you like, but if you are changing the shower in the guest bathroom, or the children’s bathroom, you need something that is easy to operate and which can be safely used without you having to give in-depth instructions. A more traditional showerhead or a rain head shower will be ideal for the guest bathroom. Also consider your water usage if you are fitting a new luxury shower – most times you will see your water consumption rise so make sure that you have a decent sized water tank and no problems with hot water supply.
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