Different Types of Shower Enclosures Explained

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There are four main types of shower enclosures available on the market. Choosing what type of shower enclosure to buy should be based on two chief factors, which are shape and size. The four most common types of shower enclosures are square, rectangular, semi-oval, and half-circle.

The size depends upon your family size and the space you have available. Each of the different types of shower enclosures described below can come in a variety of sizes to accommodate your needs as well as fit the space requirements that you have for your shower.

Square Shower Enclosure

A square shower enclosure has all four sides of the same length. This type of shower enclosure can help you save space because it can be fitted into a wall or a corner easily and simply. This type of shower enclosure uses glass as its main material since glass allows a view of the outside as well as gives the illusion of more space.

Rectangular Shower Enclosure

A rectangular shower is longer than a square enclosure, giving the user more room. This type of shower enclosure is ideal for an irregularly shaped space that is not perfectly square. It can be distinguished by longer side walls and shorter end walls.

Semi Oval Shower Enclosure

A semi oval shower enclosure is also called a quadrant enclosure. It has two ends similar to that of square shower enclosures. The middle side of the semi oval shower enclosure has a side that is straight and another that is curved. The straight side is placed against the wall with the curved side facing outward to the bathroom. This type of shower enclosure maximizes space more than the square and rectangular shower enclosures.

Half Circle Shower Enclosure

The half circle steam shower enclosure has a side that is straight and the other sides creating a curved enclosure. The half circle enclosure is viewed by consumers as more stylish and modern than other types of shower enclosures. It demands more space than other types and is not as easy to install. It is also a little more expensive than the other types of shower enclosures.

Handheld Showers

Handheld showers are available where you can use the handheld hose to direct the water as necessary. You can also turn the ring on the shower to control the spray setting from softer to forceful spray.

There are also glass-enclosed shower panels that have a demarcated walk-in area where you can towel-dry yourself.

Tub Showers

Tub showers are available where you step into a tub with a shower system overhead. Some tubs have clear glass at the bottom to give the effect of being underwater.

Lighted Showers

Lighted showers beam down rays of light on you. The reflection of the light in each drop of water makes for a refreshing shower.

Slider Showers

Slider showers join a wall mounted shower system with an overhead shower system. The shower panel can be adjusted to act as a body and shoulder massage system.

Eco-Friendly Showers

Before purchasing a shower system, you will need to know the amount of money you can afford to spend. Be clear about your requirements for functionality or aesthetics. Eco-friendly shower systems are also available. Measure the space available in your bathroom for the shower, including doors and connections.

Eco-friendly showers are available at competitive rates. Many shower systems recycle the water used while taking a shower. Some have also implemented a feature that limits the amount of clean water going down the drain. This is done by segregating the soapy water. Once you've finished cleaning yourself with soap, you let the soapy water flow away.

Then, a reservoir which is full of clean water is recycled as long as you are running the shower. The water also can be pressurized and heated to the temperature set on the control panel. After finishing the shower, you can press a button to sanitize and rinse the shower walls and floor. The system will now be ready for the next user.

Shower Head Options

A shower system can range from a simple shower with one nozzle only, with different shower heads, a spa-cum-shower as well as a full spa therapy system.

The simplest solution to replace your old shower system with a new one would be to replace the current shower head with a multi-head spa shower head. There are several heads available that target different your shoulders, chest and legs. They are also computer controlled and can change the temperature according to the body part at which the shower is directed.

There are also showers available where a rainfall shower can change into a waterfall shower with the flip of a switch. Some systems also help you to exfoliate and deep cleanse your body.

Accommodating a Shower Enclosure in Your Renovation or Remodel

Any of these types of shower enclosures can be included in your bathroom redesign or renovation. They can be installed over an existing shower or bathtub. It is simply connected to the existing plumbing, but requires an additional circuit in the case of steam shower enclosures.

A kitchen and bath showroom can provide you with a comparison of the different types and styles of shower enclosures that are available. You can find even more useful and helpful information when visiting a showroom to help you determine the best type of shower enclosure for your home.