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What You Should Know About Shower Trays

June 1, 2012 in Shower Trays, Showers

Unless you decide to create a beautiful wet room, whenever you add a standalone shower to your home you will need to choose a shower tray. Now, it can be obvious what the different shower enclosures have to offer, but choosing a shower tray can require a little thought. If it is something that you have never done before it can seem daunting, but with research and having a clear idea in mind as to what your requirements are you will find that they add the finishing touches to an incredible showering experience.

Commonly available shower trays come in two main varieties: those that are made of acrylic and those that are made of a bonded resin. Acrylic trays are vacuum moulded and have quite a large height as well as a large amount of flex in them. They used to be the most common option but have become less popular in recent years because of the flex and the fact they tend to wear more easily and can become slippy. A bonded resin tray is more durable as it is made from a hard wearing substance and they are also thicker which means they have no flex in them. This means that they feel sturdier and safer when you shower which, combined with them being less shiny, makes for a more pleasant and luxurious showering experience.

Bonded resin shower trays tend to have a much smaller profile than acrylic trays, which means that they stand up less far from the ground. You can get what is known as a riser kit for them, which are a set of legs which allow you to raise your shower tray from the floor for adding a waste underneath them, but a tray fitted flush with or against the floor is ideal if you are prone to tripping up over obstacles or you are looking for creating the most easily accessible shower that you can.

Shower trays come with their wastes in various different positions, and it is important that you choose a position that is best suited for how you will arrange your shower as well as makes the most sense from a plumbing standpoint. Often it is a good idea to work out where the supports for the floor are, as it is far easier to run a waste through empty space rather than having to deal with beams and structural supports. Choosing the right position for a waste often means you don’t have to bother with a riser kit and can create a low profile shower.

Of course, the shape of your shower tray is also vital. Choose one with the same dimensions and shape as your shower enclosure. If you are creating your enclosure by choosing panels and doors, be mindful of what trays are actually available before rushing and buying an exotic combination of screens and having to return them. By buying the tray and enclosure from the same company you can ensure that you have a shower that fits together perfectly and will enable you to create the perfect bathroom.

Merlyn Showers

May 29, 2012 in Shower Enclosures, Showers

MERLYN

With over 50 years experience in the industry Merlyn can consider
themselves as experts. The product of that experience is knowledge,
the skill to tailor a product to perfection and an attention to detail second
to nobody.

Appealing to both contemporary and traditional living, Merlyn’s
collection ranges from the luxurious to the stylish to the modern.
Merlyn’s flexibility doesn’t stop there. Allowing you to choose your size,
style, trays, accessories and cleaning products helps separate Merlyn
from the rest. Rarely is there a company that remains so nimble.

Merlyn’s ‘Vivid’ collection is one that focuses on two things. Innovation
and design. A collection to admire and one that promises the attention
to detail that has made Merlyn so well respected in what they do.
Exciting, modern and cutting edge.

This is a collection born out of innovation. Defined by cutting edge
design. And designed by a company 50 years young.

So let us introduce you to Merlyn’s Vivid range. A range defined by
numbers correlating directly to the products features and specifications.

Vivid Entrée Range

With absolutely no compromise on quality, this range stays true to
Merlyn’s values, and is an ideal entry-level range.

Vivid 6 Range

Stylish and contemporary, Vivid 6 is a contemporary, classic range. A
positive twist on Vivid’s entrée range.

Vivid 8 Range

A real head turner of a collection. Robust and striking, this range has a
sole, uncompromising stance on quality, quality, quality.

Vivid 9 Range

Benefiting from high doors and satisfying ‘clunk-closing doors’, Vivid
9 is a range that pushes the boundaries of design and innovation at a
hugely competitive price.

Vivid 10 Range

A series of clean cut, smart stylish shower enclosures. The
showstoppers of the collection, this is the crème de la crème of the
Vivid range.

Whatever look you want in your bathroom, you are sure to find it with Merlyn showers.

Creating The Perfect Shower Area

April 6, 2012 in Shower Enclosures, Showers

While the economy is still difficult for many, and moving home is harder than it has been in decades, many homeowners are having to make do with smaller and simpler bathrooms. However, even with this restriction, a number of design options are available which enable homeowners to realize their dreams of owning a bathroom suite. Taking full advantage of the space and some minor renovations can make a big difference on how the entire bathroom looks.

Start by replacing your large, bulky and outdated fixtures with sleeker, modern models. Modern fixtures do not take up a lot of space and will make a well designed shower plan appear larger and trendier. Observe and compare the old pieces with the modern replacements and you will find that you can actually free up space with using contemporary fixtures while making the entire space look more sophisticated. Recent developments have encouraged an increasing number of people to consider installing showers inside their bathrooms. There is no denying that using a traditional bathtub can still make any bathroom look more elegant and luxurious but going for a hot shower is a more practical alternative to getting some rest and relaxation after a hard day’s work.

For bathrooms with ample amounts of free space available, walk-in shower models are ideal and provide a variety of choices for users. Homeowners have the option of choosing partitions that can segregate shower areas or creating an entire walk-in shower. The free space can be used as wet room complete with a showerhead and anti-slip tiles. People can choose not to have glass doors installed although the use of glass can make the space more pleasing to the eye. For bathrooms with a limited amount of space available and an existing bathtub installed, use of a shower enclosure is recommended as you can have the showerhead installed over the tub then surrounding the shower enclosure with a curtain rod to complete the look.

Another idea you can try is by installing a shower stall to an existing bathroom space. There are shower stalls that can fit neatly in one corner of the bathroom which can help save space while making the interior look more stylish. Some of the most popular models of shower stalls utilize frosted glass panels that look chic. These come built-in with modern fixtures and features that are practical, useful and sleek.

Although there is a wide variety of models and features to choose from, one common issue with installing showers is the space needed for the installation. However, homeowners have an option of turning the entire shower space into a wet room by just finding the most appropriate spot to install a showerhead. This will increase the area available where people can take showers although there is a need to cover the entire floor area with anti-slip tiles.

Using lighter hues on walls and glass for shower doors can also help create an impression that the space is larger than what it seems. A creative use of space and fixtures can go far into creating a more lavish bathroom suite. Even cheap shower enclosures can make your bathroom more inviting and attractive and make your home better.

Ensuring Sufficient Ventilation In The Bathroom

March 22, 2012 in Guides, Showers

Although we all love a pampering bath or long, steamy shower, we also have to consider the problems that they can cause. We’re not talking about your skin wrinkling up or the fact you may have to run more water into your bath to keep it nice and warm, but the problem of steam and moisture within the bathroom. if your bathroom is insufficiently ventilated then you will find that moisture can build up and, in extreme cases, cause things like mould.

In order to properly ventilate a bathroom you need to consider the flow of air through the room as this is how the steam will be carried. For this reason it is often not a good idea to have an fully enclosed showering area unless it also has its own dedicated ventilator or extraction system. In general, all steam has to be vented out of the room before it has chance to condense and settle as water as this is where problems can arise.

In summer this is much less of a problem as you can probably leave a window slightly ajar and rely on the steam to move out of the room as it is warmer than the surrounding air and this will cause a current of movement causing it to disperse. However, when heating the room is expensive and leaving a window slightly open is impractical, you need to consider other options.

The most common solutions are ventilators and extractor fans. These are often wired into the same circuit as the lighting for the room so that they come on the instant that the lights are turned on and can be switched off as you leave the room. Although this is a simple way of solving the problem it may not be ideal: do you want the ventilator to run while you are brushing your teeth?

In addition there is often still steam to be dissipated when you have finished drying off and changing clothes. A better solution is to have the ventilator or fan on a separate circuit so that it can be turned on and off independently of the light and whether anyone is in the bathroom and perhaps with a timer delay that means it stops removing steam a few minutes after the ventilator has been switched off.

Oddly, placing soft furnishings and plants in the room can also help with the problems of removing moisture. Plants suck water out of the air and help make the air richer in oxygen and more pleasant overall, and towels will absorb some of the moisture in the room, and they can be cleaned and replaced long before mould becomes an issue. Keeping some on heated towel rails won’t just benefit you and your visitors as you use the bathroom, but also keep the room pleasant and attractive.

Wet Room Screens Are For Every Shower

March 18, 2012 in Shower Enclosures, Shower Screens, Showers

When it comes to adding a stand-alone shower you have a number of options in terms of screen and enclosures. You could decide on a pivot door, which works if your shower is actually built into walls to the right and left of it. Although this is a great option in terms of heating and can work really well for venting the steam created by the shower out, it tends to allow water to build up at the feet of the person using the shower and also requires a lot of expensive structural work to fit.

Another option is a shower cubicle, where doors can be opened and closed to allow entry to the shower enclosure and you are surrounded by glass on 2 sides and the walls of the room on the other. These tend to be symmetrical and placed in the corners of rooms. They require far less building work to actually fit than some pivot door options and tend to suit smaller rooms.

Wet room shower screens are fixed glass panels that are affixed to the wall either to the side of or opposite the shower and run along the floor, straight upwards, to a height in excess of six feet (1.8m). They come in various widths but are usually left with the end open into the room. They allow for quite an open showering experience and are really suited to larger rooms.

People have their own preferences for their shower, but more and more of them are choosing wet room shower screens. There are many reasons for this:

The greater space afford by installing them allows you to install a seat to make showering easier for those who have trouble standing for a long period. In addition, the open design makes them more accessible and there are no doors to fiddle with.

They allow for a brighter shower, as the steam dissipates throughout the entire room rather than building up in the shower enclosure and obscuring vision.

They look more attractive than shower enclosures and pivot doors as they don’t have a metal frame breaking up the visible surface and make the area appear larger and more appealing.

They require less maintenance, as they don’t have any moving parts that wear and need replacing and no seals to wear or tear.

They are more spacious, preventing your shower feeling claustrophobic.

Despite their name wet room shower screens are suitable for bathrooms as well as wet rooms and anyone fitting a shower should give them careful consideration.

Pick The Right Shower Type For Your Home

February 7, 2012 in Shower Enclosures, Showers

By choosing to install a shower in your home, you are not only going to be living a more convenient lifestyle, but you will also be improving your property value. Because of this, there are a number of things that you need to be aware of before you begin shopping for showers and accessories.

Consider the fact of whether or not there has been a shower in this room in the past. If there has already been a shower in this room, things are going to be much easier for the contractor. Adding a shower to an existing bathroom will be easier than a room which has no water supply at all, but a room that has had a shower in previously will be easiest.

The next thing that you want to keep in mind is where the main water supply is for the home. It needs to be easily accessible so that you can tap in to the main pipe. Otherwise, you are not going to have a lot of water pressure and your shower will not be very enjoyable.

You want to make sure that you have plenty of extra space so that you can have moving room in your bathroom as well as a way to open and close the doors on your shower. Nothing would be worse than to find out that you spent all this time and money only to discover that the doors would not open. Often people get around this type of problem by fitting a cubicle with sliding shower doors rather than those which swing open.

Consider checking with a contractor to find out what type of shower is going to work best for your home. After all, there are a number of different possibilities that you may or may not be aware of. You want to find out the different options that are available before you get started with the remodeling process.

These are only the basic things that you need to know. A good contractor will be able to answer any questions that you may have at this time. There are three different types of showers that you are going to be able to choose from. They are a mixer, a power shower, and an electric shower.

A mixer shower is going to allow you to turn on both the hot and cold water at the same time. By doing this, you will be able to determine your own temperature without any problems.

An electric shower is perfect for a home that does not have a large hot water tank. After all, the water will be heated in the pipes and come out of your shower head. Because of this, there is a good chance that you are not going to run out of hot water anytime soon.

A power shower is a great way to use electricity to increase the amount of water pressure that you have coming out of your faucet. It is best to contact a local professional and find out what type of shower is going to work best for your situation. Make sure that you get a shower fixture that is not only going to be convenient for your lifestyle, but also energy efficient.

Designing A Bathroom

January 28, 2012 in Bathroom Furniture, Bathroom Suites, Baths, Showers, Toilets

Read on to find out how to build the bathroom of your dreams.

When it comes to designing, keep in mind that each person has his own personal opinion on what makes a great design.

You should expect that not all individuals will like what you have done with the space as people have distinct tastes when it comes to design. Nevertheless, the design of your bathroom will become part of your home and as such, it is your opinion which matters the most on how it looks.

One of the things you need to carefully consider is whether you choose to follow the traditional way of designing the space. An alternative route is seeking your own voice and designing the space in accordance to your wants, needs and your personality. You can also choose to have the best of both worlds and customize an existing layout and make your own.

There is another factor you need to consider later on. This involves setting a specific budget for your bathroom design which details all of the possible products and services that you need to make it happen. Browse through design magazines or go to showrooms to get a better idea about the process and how other people have tackled similar problems.

Next, take a piece of graph paper and draw the initial layout of the room with a complete set of measurements. Make sure that your draw the layout to scale and indicate the areas that will be renovated or redesigned. The floorplan will give you a top view of the space including the openings so do not forget to indicate the direction where the windows and doors open to.

Create a scale model of the space you are designing to see what bathroom fixtures fit in your layout. Some of the standard fixtures include the tub and toilet bowl, bidet and cabinets among others. There are lots of different options you could consider at this stage, including freestanding baths, whirlpool baths and shower baths.

Unless the look is meant as a surprise gift, go over the design with your partner. Move the different pieces to see where the fixtures go best.

There are a few things to consider when designing:

Make sure that the lavatory area is private, especially if the space will function as a common bathroom for the entire family.

Consider where the light will be coming from.

Analyze the amount of natural light available.

Determine which areas require more illumination.

Always keep in mind that the bathroom is a functional space and that some fixtures have specific relationships with other fittings.

Determine whether you will do the construction yourself or hire a professional to do the work for you.

There are also professionals who can do the complete layout or give suggestions on what would look good. Keep in mind that their services are not for free. However, their expertise is worth tapping into if you have the extra budget.

Cleaning The Shower Head

January 26, 2012 in Showers, Uncategorized

One of the things you may not consider when you clean the bathroom, but you have to for the safety of your family, is the shower nozzle collecting bacteria that may in fact turn out to be harmful to humans and whether or not the water coming from it can be used safely.

Mold is caused by spores in the air settling on a moist area and growing. Every effort should be taken to keep areas as dry as possible, especially piping and corners around the shower head area and the showering areas as a whole, whether it be a small cubicle or even a series of wet room shower screens.

Keeping the humidity level in the home somewhere between 40 percent and 60 percent while also keeping kitchens and bathrooms well ventilated is the recommendation offered by the Center For Disease Prevention And Control.

In many homes the great majority of mold found will be located in the bathroom, often on the wall and around the edge of the tub. Step one in dealing with it is cleaning regularly with those specialized products made to kill bacteria and mold which takes residence in that bathroom. It is vitally important to carefully examine the shower head on a steady basis as well to keep track of cleaning it and/or replacing it if necessary.

In the cases where it is not difficult to remove the shower head one should regularly do so. When they do so place it in a bowl filled with white vinegar and let it soak. An old toothbrush can then be used to any mold, dirt or crusts on it. In areas where the water is “hard”, it could be dirt or minerals that it is encrusted with and not mold. After cleaning the shower head it is important to allow clean water to run through it until absolutely no other debris comes out of it. It is recommended by the EPA that one clean areas with water and detergent. If in fact one sees that mold does exist they will want to use a product designed specifically to deal with it or at the very least a cup of bleach mixed in a gallon of water to make certain the mold is in fact killed. One must be absolutely certain they wear gloves when performing these tasks and should they in fact do use bleach they should also be wearing a mask. Those who are predisposed toward being allergic to mold in general should simply don the mask in any efforts.

Those people that are dealing with a medium to large size leak in their home are probably better off calling in a specialist to deal with the problems and issues. It might wind up that if the space involved is not entirely dry it might be necessary to replace some drywall, ceiling tiles or carpeting.

In the case of employers and business owners they are often dealing with different environmental regulations and rules that must be adhered to. This makes it vital for them to make certain the proper person is contacted with any concerns and that their recommendations are closely followed.

One should also take the time and make the effort to examine the sink nozzle and surrounding area and if any mold is spotted get in touch with a supervisor who can direct the maintenance crew to make proper clean-up efforts.

The important thing is that when mold is either discovered or suspected being present that it not be ignored and be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Odd Requests We Get

January 10, 2012 in Baths, Shower Enclosures, Showers

The other day one our customer service people bemusedly called over one of the technical staff while on a call, “Can you talk to this lady for a minute? She wants some information on a shower cubicle.” Now this, in and of itself, is not an unusual request: our technical staff are always advising customers on the details of shower cubicles, positions of taps on baths, types of wastes and so on and so forth. What was unusual was seeing our technical advisor crack an amused smile and ask “So you want to know which shower cubicle is best at muffling sound?”

Apparently the lady calling had fitted an en-suite in her bedroom and had discovered that she couldn’t stand her husband’s singing in the shower. When the bathroom had been down the hall it hadn’t been a problem, but now it was joined to the same room it had become an issue. She’d bought a very attractive wet room shower screen from us a few months previously and, although it was great at keeping everything dry and looked beautiful, she needed something to block the sound of her tone deaf husband. Our technical advisor did a little research and advised her to get one of our quadrant shower enclosures with curved screens, but it did lead to a conversation of odd requests we have had:

We had one guy call up and ask about buying a quantity of toilet seats. He wasn’t interested in the toilet at all but wanted to find out how much replacement toilet seats were because he “kept breaking them while drunk” but didn’t remember how. We tested one of the toilet seats and found it strong enough to support a 90kg man so we have no idea at all how he was managing it.

Would it be possible to drill a hole in a bath and put a camera lens in there? This one creeped us out a little bit and we declined to answer.

Could someone cut our shower screens in order to make them have an ornate design on the edge? This came from an interior designer customer we have. For the record, we think it would require very specialist equipment and tools. Shower screens are toughened safety glass and act like car windscreens when cut or damaged: you have to apply a LOT of force to do it but they shatter in a way that doesn’t cause dangerous shards of glass but looks pretty impressive.

Do we sell wall mount baths? Our resident physics genius assures us it is theoretically possible, but the brackets would have to be huge to support a bath, water and person in it and the wall would need strengthening to a massive degree.

Adding A Wet Room To Your Bathroom

December 13, 2011 in Shower Enclosures, Showers

A wet room is a great way to customise the look and style of your bathroom into something contemporary and cool while also creating a safe way for lesser abled person to manage. No matter if your bathroom is large or small, you can probably fit a wet room into whatever space you need it in. During installation, you want to make sure you consider the drainage and ventilation capabilities of the room, as well as heating underneath the floor. Removing the shower tray from a wet room gives the room an open feeling. You could also use a frameless enclosure, which will result in a very modern look and feel.

Most people who get wet room do so because they want their bathroom suites to be a custom size. This gives you more options than a traditional enclosure because with the traditional models there are set sizes that you are required to choose from.

A cheaper alternative to a wet room would be a walk in shower, which would also be able to fit into your current bathroom. These showers usually come with their own shower tray so you do not have to worry about waterproofing the room itself. The tray in this kind of situation is usually shallow, so it has the same minimal look and feel of a wet room.

In fact, this minimal feel extends to both wet rooms and walk in showers in any type of home. It can easily make them the centerpiece of your bathroom.

Liberty Bathrooms is a premiere supplier of both walk in showers and wet rooms today. You can choose from a wide variety of trays and panels that can fit into virtually any bathroom setup, and will transform your bathroom.