If you ask any real estate agent what the most important rooms in a house are they will tell you kitchens and bathrooms. These are also the rooms that most people tend to spend the most money on when they are doing home improvement projects. Installing a new shower can be an expensive project so to help make sure you spend your money wisely, I would like to give you my top 10 tips to choose the right shower for your bathroom.
1. Set Your Budget
Before tackling any home improvement project, you need to determine how much money you are willing and able to spend. The amount of money you have available will determine the type and quality of fixtures you’ll be able to buy as well as the quality of the materials you will be able to use. You must begin with a budget in mind.
2. Decide What Size Shower You Want
When you are installing a shower or a tub/shower combo, you’ll need to figure out what size shower you want to go with. A larger shower will feel more luxurious but going too big will also take up a lot of space, making the rest of your bathroom feel smaller. Larger also usually means more expensive which is something you will have to take into consideration. You could match what was previously installed but if you are going to change the size of the shower, take careful measurements before you start buying materials.
3. Choose the Best Quality Materials You Can Afford
Better quality materials will look better and last longer than inferior materials. Because higher quality materials will last longer, they may actually end up being less expensive in the long run because you will not have to replace them any time soon. Purchase the best quality materials your budget will allow.
4. Choose Materials That Are Easy to Maintain
You have a lot of options available to you when you are installing a shower. You could go with fiberglass, which is lightweight and durable. You could choose acrylic for its strength, flexibility, and durability. I chose to go with tile because it looks nice and it is fairly easy to keep clean. It is also durable and should last for a long time.
5. Choose the Showerhead That Is Right for You
There are many different showerheads available today. I decided to go with a removable, handheld showerhead with multiple spray settings. Multiple spray settings allow you to have more or less water pressure and a hand-held shower head makes it easier to reach those hard to reach places.
6. Go with a Low Flow Showerhead
A low flow showerhead will help you conserve water, which is better for the environment, and it will also help you lower your water bills. Because you’re using less water, your hot water will also last longer, which is very important if you have multiple people living in the same house.
7. Consider Storage Space in Your New Shower
When I was installing my shower I wanted to make sure I had enough room to store all of my soaps, shampoos, conditioners and other accessories.
8. Getting a Good Deal on Tile
Shop around and ask about any sales that the store might be having. You might even be able to pick up a discontinued tile at a significant discount.
9. Consider Using a Larger Tile
I installed my own shower. I went with a larger tile because I like the way they look compared to smaller tiles, but also because it is less labor intensive to install them. It takes more time and you have to be more precise when installing smaller tiles.
10. Consider Doing the Job Yourself
If you have the necessary skills, consider installing your new shower yourself. A very large percentage of the cost of any home improvement project goes toward labor. If you can do the job yourself, you can save a lot of money. If you can’t do the job yourself, try to get a referral to find a reliable contractor.