With the launch of our new Roman Stone Gloss Infinity Shower Trays, we thought now would be a good time to have a look at Solid Surface Technology and why we think our own Roman Stone solid surface material is such a good material for the bathroom…
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…
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.
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.
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:
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may not know it, but ensuring that you have an up-to-date and fashionable bathroom is becoming an increasing priority amongst British homeowners. This was one of the major findings from a recent survey of more than 2,000 UK homeowners into their home improvement habits by the Utopia Bathroom Group.
The study reveals some fascinating insights into what British homeowners want from their bathrooms. From design to construction, as well as specific requirements the survey gives a wonderful snapshot of the ideal British bathroom. Let’s take a closer look.
Just under a third of Brits (29%) want to keep their bathroom up-to-date with the latest styles and trends.
Fashions come and go. The days of avocado suites or brown floral patterns in the bathroom are long gone for many; instead, choosing neutral colours for a longer lasting style seems to be very on-trend. That said there’s still a wide range of bathroom furniture, perfect for giving your bathroom its own identity and character. From sleek contemporary designs to traditional and even timber furniture, there’s a lot from which you can choose to make your bathroom fashionable.
Over a third of Britons (36%) think that bathroom is the most important room to keep up-to-date
Of all the rooms in your home, over a third of people surveyed believe that the bathroom is one of the most important to keep updated. The only two rooms more important for Brits are the kitchen and the living room – a telling statistic which reveals a lot about the importance of the bathroom for UK homeowners.
66%of Brits have identified themselves as improvers not movers
With a large number of Brits unable to move as a result of the rise of living costs and negative equity, almost two-thirds have identified themselves as improvers, not movers. As a result, they are looking to make changes to their home, to help enhance its value. 35% believe updating the bathroom as the best way to improve a home’s value. As the old saying goes, kitchens and bathrooms sell homes – a saying that many estate agents swear by.
The majority of Brits (72%) are willing to spend, on average, between £1,000 and £5,000 for a new bathroom. This includes furniture, installation and tiling etc. Whilst style is important, it is clear that budget remains a priority for many homeowners; that said, Brits are willing to shell out and ensure what they are buying is of good quality.
This is further highlighted when those surveyed were asked, ‘what is the most important purchasing decision for you when deciding to buy a new bathroom?’ The results are quite telling as 4 out of every 10 Brits feel it is most important for their new bathroom to fit within their budget, whilst having quality goods that will last is also very important.
For many Brits, the most popular items of a bathroom are of course the standard toilet (93%) and sink (91%). However, an increasing number of people are turning to shower equipment, either above their bath tubs (61%) or as a separate shower (24%). The statistics also show that 4% now have a wet room. Whilst the tub is popular for a long soak, with financial and environmental concerns, it appears that the shower is becoming a preferred option; it’s quicker, cheaper and greener, and with a variety of different shower and wet room designs from which to choose, you can achieve that stylish and modern look effortlessly.
Armed with the aforementioned statistics, it is clear that the ideal bathroom in Britain must be stylish, following the latest trends and fashions. It must also be of quality, where the majority of Brits are willing to spend up to £5,000 using the very best quality goods on the market; but it should also help to enhance of home’s value, ideally by featuring the latest trends and styles.
This Guest Post was written by Carl Darby, IT Manager The Utopia Bathroom Group, a leading manufacturer of complete bathroom solutions.
When it comes to home renovation, only a select few of the most financially elite can afford to call in a bathroom designer to make all of the hard decisions when it comes to choosing the right fixtures and fittings that are needed. This means that the majority of us have the task of making this decision ourselves by using our intuition on deciding what will look good in arguably one of the most used spaces in the home.
Bathrooms of course vary in shape and size and this will affect the ceramics and furniture that you plan to place inside it. When designing your bathroom yourself, you have to make sure that enough prior planning and measuring is carried out to ensure you avoid over-filling it and making your bathroom feel a little cramped and claustrophobic.
Not only does buying a complete ceramic suite give you a guaranteed co-ordinated bathroom, it also saves you a great deal of money too. It’s advisable to go for specially designed compact ceramics in a smaller bathroom space, as these will help you save valuable floor space, allowing you to create the illusion that there is more room that there actually is.
Ceramics are also available in a variety of finishes too, should you wish to make a bold designer statement in your bathroom. Black ceramics are increasing in popularity as people seek contemporary bathrooms and stylish ceramics to accompany them.
Bathroom furniture is really important in every size of suite, large or small. It offers vital storage space that makes even the tiniest of spaces appear organised and chic, as well as providing you with surfaces to accessories and ceramics such as basins.
Vanity units are a popular choice as they carry out three essential tasks: providing a surface for a basin to be installed on, hiding unsightly pipework and waste pipes from this basin and offering an adequate amount of storage space for much-needed bathroom supplies such as toilet rolls and towels.
As with furniture and ceramics, your accessories should blend well with the existing fixtures for a co-ordinated and harmonious bathroom space. Buying accessories that are from the same range or manufacturer suggests that they will in fact co-ordinate and match, as well as being designed to make your life that little bit easier.
Accessories such as soap dishes, toilet roll holders and toothbrush holders should not be under estimated. They are in fact essential pieces in your bathroom and will require just as much tender loving care as the rest of your home.
Especially important in winter months, a heat source in your bathroom is essential. Whether it is to warm your soft towels for you to step into after your bath or shower or to just simply maintain a liveable temperature in the colder months, a good quality radiator or towel rail should be found in every bathroom.
As with every other aspect of the bathroom, these are available in wide variety of shapes and sizes, giving you ultimate freedom in developing a truly unique and personal style in your bathroom. With different heat outputs and fuelling options, the world of bathroom heating really is your oyster, much like the vast choice of bathroom design ideas.
Guest Written by Sarah Macleod