When we are thinking of installing showers in our homes, we usually consider having a standard shower enclosure, which comes with tiles and trays and our choice of fixtures such as taps and shower heads. But more homeowners today are finding the convenience of shower cabins a much more tempting and lucrative choice, and they are right to feel this way because shower cabins are a lot easier to set up and don’t take up too much time or too many resources. But if you are torn between installing a shower cabin or going for a traditional shower enclosure, you may be wondering what’s best about each of these options. Let’s have a look at the differences between shower cabins and traditional shower enclosures and determine which is best for your needs.
Traditional shower enclosures: the basics
Traditional shower enclosures will be made from tile and set up with trays, and they have been the standard choice for decades. But they require continuous maintenance, and keeping these kinds of shower enclosures clean can be quite a headache because you also have to deal with dirt and grime, which can accumulate on the grout over time. If your bathroom doesn’t have sufficient ventilation, this can also contribute to the buildup of mould in your shower enclosure, and this mould can become a health risk to those who are using the shower.
Standard shower enclosures may also be prone to leaking, especially if they are not properly built. The tile can break and may have to be replaced, leading to maintenance and repair expenses that you simply don’t need. Building a shower enclosure from the ground up also means relying on a lot of tradespeople: from plumbers to electricians to tilers, heating engineers, and plasterers. This could mean a lot of time wasted, delays, and reliance on various materials that need to be procured as well.
Modular shower cabins: the basics
If you want a more streamlined approach to having a shower in your bathroom, then a modular shower cabin may be the best solution for your needs. They simply are the opposite of standard shower enclosures in terms of installation, because they will be delivered to your door with everything you need to install and use them. When you install a shower cabin, you may only require minimal expertise as the shower cabins simply need to be hooked up to your power and water supply. In fact, installation can take just a few hours, not days or even weeks.
Shower cabins can also come with some features that can make your experience in the shower much more relaxing – they are often equipped with designer rain shower heads as well as body massage jets which can soothe and rejuvenate you even further when you take a shower. And since they are available in different shapes and designs, you can choose one that’s best for your space and requirements without any hassle.
In the end, it’s really your decision – but you should think carefully about the time it takes to install your enclosure and the costs of maintenance and repairs, as well as the time you have to spend cleaning it. Your choice is not just for the short-term – it’s for the long-term, so think about all your considerations and priorities so you can choose what’s best.