Top Three Practical Bathroom Tips
There is a wealth of advice available about planning the perfect bathroom but much of it focuses on the design and look of the room. Here at Roman Bathrooms we have seen many customers come to us following a bathroom disaster that could have been avoided with proper advice.
It is all too easy to be seduced by shiny new products and set your heart on your dream bathroom without considering the practicalities; taking a little time at the outset to consider some of the less sexy aspects can save you time and money.
Take a look at our top three pitfalls to avoid:
Check the water pressure – Different products will have various pressure labels ranging from 0.1 bar, for low pressure systems, to 3 bars for products that require high water pressure. Many UK homes still use a gravity fed system with a cold water storage tank in the loft. The distance in height from underside of this tank to your shower head or taps will determine the pressure available. In most cases a gravity fed system will result in a pressure of just 0.2 bar to the basin and bath taps and 0.1 bar to the shower. This will not be sufficient for any product that is labelled MP (Medium Pressure) or HP (High Pressure) and certainly not enough for most modern power showers. In order to avoid this situation you must either choose products that will operate with a LP system or install a booster pump.
Think about cleaning; you and the shower! – That fabulous huge round shower head that promises to drench you in the mornings is a luxury but lacks a few practicalities. Cleaning your new shower is difficult with just a fixed head; the addition of a hand held shower will make life so much easier. This is also useful if you have small children that will be using the shower or members of the family at different heights.
– Set your heart on that traditional cast iron bath with claw feet? You must consider that these baths are large and very heavy; will you be able to get it through the doors and up the stairs? When these baths were popular they were normally installed either in larger homes with wider staircases and doorways or lifted into position before the bathroom walls were finished. If you can get it into the bathroom, is the floor strong enough to support the weight when it is full of water? Finally remember it is recommend that something of this weight may require a 3 to 4 man lift.