Whether you’re shopping for a handicap accessible and functional shower, or you’re remodeling an existing bathroom, shower installation is often a great (and sometimes, very necessary) addition for many residential homes. Showering is one of the most important uses for a handicapped person’s home, and it can be a challenge to find handicap showers that are both accessible and function well. When it comes to shower installation, however, it sometimes gets much easier than that! Today’s innovative shower systems make it possible for people with almost any physical or sensory disability to take regular showers – no matter what their ability. And even if your house doesn’t currently have a handicap shower installed, there’s no reason you shouldn’t consider installing one as soon as your house is ready.
The first thing you need to consider when it comes to installing a handicap shower is whether your current bathroom can actually accommodate one. This may not seem like a big deal at first, but the truth is that most standard bathrooms can’t handle a handicap shower, even if it is on the second floor or higher. You’ll also need to be careful about the flooring you install in your new shower. Even if your bathroom can handle an easily cleaned, ADA compliant shower, this still doesn’t mean that your floors will be able to support the extra weight that comes with a handicap shower. Therefore, unless you want to spend quite a bit of money customizing your new shower, and installing special drainage, you’re usually better off installing it in an existing bathroom.
If you’re lucky enough to have your bathroom already remodeled, you might even be able to install a handicap shower in place of an inaccessible or dysfunctional one. Of course, this isn’t a wise decision if you have to replace the entire bathroom, as this will most likely require breaking walls and re-doing pipes and drains. Even if you’re able to renovate your existing bathroom, installing accessible and functional shower units in place of traditional showers would still be a great idea. This way, you’ll still have a beautiful, accessible, and functional shower without having to pay for the entire renovation.
If you’re on the other end of the spectrum, and you have to buy a brand-new shower with all of the features you want, you’ll need to take some time before you even start thinking about a shower installation. First, make sure that you’re working with a reputable contractor. If you’re not comfortable with your ability to install showers, there are plenty of contractors out there who would be happy to help you. Ask them for some recommendations, and take their advice. Also, you should consider researching the various features that you’re interested in, so that you’ll know which ones are available on today’s market. Today’s showers have just about everything that you could want, which makes shopping for new units a rather difficult task.
Once you’ve chosen a contractor to work with, the next step will be deciding what kind of shower you’d like. There are two main types of showers that you can install in your home: the shower floor, and the back-to-back shower/bathtub combo. A shower floor just hooks up to your shower tub, allowing you to easily move your shower from one side of the bathroom to the other. This type of shower installation requires no flooring at all, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as “do-it-yourself showering”. However, installing this type of shower takes far more skill than the traditional “shower floor”.
If you’re looking for a bit more detailed and challenging shower installation, the back-to-back shower/bathtub combo takes a bit of work. Basically, the shower floor and the back part connect to each other with flexible piping. You’ll need to accuratelymeasure your bathroom, mark where the pipes connect, and then build the flexible piping to connect the two parts. This setup isn’t recommended for smaller bathrooms or for people who want more room between the shower floor and the tub. If you’re in doubt, talk to a professional bathroom remodeling company in San Diego to see if this type of installation would be right for your bathroom.