Regardless of which model of shower you have, there will come a time when replacing your shower may become necessary. Whether you are remodeling, restructuring, replacing, or just repairing, it pays to get it right the first time. Whether you need a new showerhead, a completely redesigned shower, or just want an improved shower experience, taking time to consider what exactly you would like from a new shower replacement is wise. If you don’t have the time, money, or skills needed for a more extensive remodel, a simple replacement may be enough. Here are some of the common replacement shower problems that can occur and how to prevent them from occurring in your home.
Common shower replacement issues are those that only occur on one day, such as a cracked or broken surround. Cracked or broken surrounds can be caused by a leaky tub spout, plumbing fixtures that are outdated, and other cosmetic issues. A leaking tub spout can often be solved by simply re-centering the shower head and using a new sealing cap. Other than leaks, a broken surround can often be fixed by simply adding some clear water around the perimeter of the area. If the area is large, such as a Jacuzzi surround, then it may be necessary to build a new surround.
Another common shower replacement problem occurs when the shower doors do not properly fit the opening. Because shower doors can have several different shapes, sizes, and styles, they can easily be misaligned after one day. This is because after a person has used the shower for a period of time, the door frame and door track can begin to lose their original shape. It is important to measure the area where the door will go before making any type of installation, which will ensure that the door fits perfectly. However, if the damage is minor, one day installation services can often be enough to fix the issue.
Installing replacement doors and surrounds is an option for those who are concerned about saving money, but would still like to maintain the look of their bathroom. For example, installing a mirrored wall surrounding could increase the appearance of the room. The same goes for replacing your existing bathtub and shower doors. In addition to looking great, these two bathroom remodeling projects can save homeowners hundreds of dollars in the long run, because replacing the panels or doors with more durable ones can actually last longer than the ones that are on the market today.
Even if the shower replacement problem is easily fixed, it is a good idea to consider other bathroom design changes at the same time. Changing the tile color is an excellent way to update the room. Some people even choose lighter colors for rooms that are more open and spacious, such as the bathroom. While it is impossible to match tile color exactly to an existing bathroom design, carefully choosing colors that complement the tiles rather than clash with them can make a big difference. Replacing shower heads is another place to get creative, as long as the new ones will install the same way as the old ones.
When choosing a shower replacement or installing new showers, homeowners should also consider water pressure and water source. New showers generally require less water pressure than older models, which is why some homeowners choose to upgrade to a higher pressure setting. Likewise, replacing older showers with newer ones that take direct water from the supply instead of pumping it in can also help reduce water pressure. Changing to a new water heater might also be a good idea if the hot water tank is no longer being used to keep the water pressure level at the proper level.