At Roman we have been designing and manufacturing showering products for over 28 years, so we understand every aspect of creating a perfect showering space. However, for many people installing a new showering space only happens once every 10 years, so it can seem a daunting task when faced with so many different options. To help get you started, here’s a guide to the most popular and common different shaped shower enclosures available and an overview of their advantages and any disadvantages…
The 11th July is World Population Day. This year the focus is on Adolescent Pregnancy.
World population is something which was recently brought up at the BMA AGM, with a particular focus on why we need to be water efficient. In the UK, our population is continuing to grow, which is seeing pressure put on all kinds of resources. In the UK we perceive ourselves as a wet nation and therefore we might not really consider water usage as much as we should. Although not in keeping with the theme, we thought we’d still mark World Population day with one of our popular infographs around the theme of saving water… Continue reading
When it comes to purchasing a shower enclosure, it’s not like buying a pair of shoes… it’s not something we do regularly, you can’t try it out before you buy and it’s an investment piece that you expect to last for years to come. As a showering expert, we thought we would give you our top tips on how to approach buying a shower enclosure…
1. Visit a Display Retailer
You might not be able to try the shower enclosure in your own home, but you can try it out by visiting your local displaying bathroom retailer. If you’ve picked a design, style or brand you like, find out where your nearest displaying retailer of that product is and call in. You can then see the product, open and close the doors and step inside to understand if it will work for your lifestyle, space and within your bathroom design.
2. Plan Out Your Bathroom
Create a floor plan of your bathroom, including any potential restrictions such as windows, door frames and cupboards. Add in your chosen bathroom furniture to then identify whether everything will work in the available space. This will help you identify what footprint you have available for the shower and whether you need an inward opening shower door due to obstructions, or another solution product. We would always recommend discussing this with your specialist bathroom retailer, many of which will offer a design service, so they can bring your drawing and ideas to life. They will be able to identify any possible issues you may not have spotted yourself, and they will help you really make the most of your space.
3. Think About Your Family’s Needs and Future Needs
It seems like common sense, but thinking about your individual needs and that of your family should be done early on in the planning stages. Your bathroom design is going to be a long term design that you won’t want to consider redoing for around 10 years (on average). Some key questions to think about:
- Will your family change in that time – it may grow from new children or grandchildren, or from an elderly resident coming to live with you, for example. What might their needs be? Baths can be important for young children and toddlers, whereas a separate shower enclosure may be a necessity for older relatives.
- How might your lifestyle change? As we get older we may need to think about fewer restrictions in the bathroom, so eliminating steps and awkward doors and handles, for an easy access bathroom, may be a good idea.
- Do you have a family home? You may need to think about a height adjustable showerhead, and a more spacious enclosure to accommodate all your different family members’ shapes and heights.
- Are you looking for a relaxing space, or somewhere that makes your morning routine as quick as possible? You may be able to replace the bath with a spacious Walk-in shower enclosure, if the bath has become redundant in your family.
4. Check the Guarantee
The bathroom will be a high traffic area. Your shower enclosure could be opened and closed around 10 times a day in the average family home – receiving constant impact. Therefore it needs to be built to last, and to have a good, transparent guarantee. Ideally a service backed guarantee will give you total peace of mind.
5. Choose a Reputable Installer
For a perfect finish, ensure the installation of your bathroom products is completed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Most leaking shower enclosures are the result of poor installation, rather than a faulty product. If products aren’t installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions this can invalidate the guarantee and cause a range of different issues. By picking a reputable installer, you can ensure your bathroom design looks fantastic, as well as lasting for years to come.
If there is one job the majority of us really don’t look forward to, it’s cleaning. The bathroom in particular can prove a real tough job. At Roman this is something we consider when developing and designing products, to help you create an easy to clean showering space. If easy clean is a priority for you in your bathroom, then here are our top tips on the key features to look out for when purchasing your shower enclosure…
Pre-coated Glass Protection
This is where a coating is added to your glass shower enclosure or bath screen, which is designed to prevent water, dirt, grime and limescale from sticking to the glass. This makes cleaning easier and helps your product stay looking new for longer.
Where possible pick a product which features a glass coating that can be topped up on an on-going basis. Otherwise the pre-coat will gradually diminish over time. Our Ultra Care Pre-coated glass protection can be topped up using Ultra Care in a bottle.
Install a Level Access Showering Facility
Whether you pick a wetroom, or decide to install a low level tray sunken into your floor, both allow you to easily clean the floor through with a mop and bucket, as you wash your tiles.
Pick wall hung sanitryware so you can easily mop underneath – this eliminates many of those awkward nooks and crannies.
Install a Folding Bath Screens
With many of us still showering over the bath, if you are adding a bath screen, pick one which is hinged or folds away. This will allow easier access for cleaning, and avoid you needing to lean and manoeuvre around a screen.
Lookout for ‘Quick Release’
If you pick a sliding door enclosure, or a quadrant enclosure, lookout for products which say they are ‘quick release’ for easy cleaning. This allows you to get into those hard to reach places and keep your product looking spic-and-span.
Often the tricky part about cleaning is getting around all the profiles. If you are not restricted by budget, then go for a minimalist enclosure. A frameless wetroom panel offers totally easy maintenance.
If you live in a hard water area, we recommend using a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water, periodically to clean your enclosure. Leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse down – this helps eliminate the need for harsh chemicals in the bathroom.
Pick a Showerhead with a Hand Shower
When choosing your showerhead, a drench head can look great, but is not so practical when it comes to cleaning. A handheld showerhead allows you to easily rinse down your shower enclosure after cleaning. There are multi-function shower heads available which offer the best of both worlds – a dramatic drench head teamed with a hand shower can make a practical as well as a stylish addition.
If you are installing a similarly straight glass product, a squeegee can be a useful time saver and cleaning tool.
The 7th April is World Health Day. We thought we would mark the occasion with a blog post which looks at Health from a few different angles.
Water is a scarce resource in many parts of the world, as we highlighted on World Water Day with our World Water Day info-graph that was created specifically for the occasion. There are millions of people all over the World who don’t have access to clean water for drinking or washing in.
Hygiene Fact 1
Washing your hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50% (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Hygiene Fact 2
Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of disease in the home. Wash your hands regularly using hot water and soap. Always wash your hands after visiting the WC and before and after preparing food.
Hygiene Fact 3
Did you know that when you flush the toilet, particles and germs from the toilet bowl can travel as far as six feet and linger in the air for around two hours? Always flush with the lid down! (NHS Choices website)
Accessibility in the Home
Within the UK we have an aging population, alongside this The Department for Work and Pensions estimates there are around 10 million disabled people in the UK. As we get older, or if we suffer with a debilitating illness, then we want to make life as easy as possible in the home. The bathroom in particular can be a troublesome area. Here are our top tips on how to make showering as safe and as easy as possible, whilst also keeping the bathroom space looking stylish and modern…
Height Adjustable Shower Head
This is particularly important for a family home, as you can set the shower head at a lower height for those who prefer to sit when showering, but taller users can also set it to a comfortable height for their shower.
When thinking about our health, we need to also consider the harmful chemicals in and around our environment and where possible reduce these. This can be in terms of CO2 emissions, to all work together to reduce Carbon output, of from simply the amount of chemicals we come into contact with on a daily basis.
We add Ultra Care pre-coated glass protection to all our Shower Enclosures and Bath Screens, which helps prevent dirt and grime from sticking, thus eliminating the need to use harsh chemicals in the bathroom.
- Kitchen and Oven Cleaner: Mix a paste of 3 parts warm water to 1 part baking soda.
- Bathroom Cleaner: Mix washing-up liquid with baking soda until you have a thick paste.