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Find the Best Shower Trays – All Shapes and Sizes and Finishes

Find the Best Shower Trays – All Shapes and Sizes and Finishes
Find the Best Shower Trays – All Shapes and Sizes and Finishes

There are three main things you need to look for when you are buying your shower – the enclosure, the tray, and the showerhead. We already have guides for the enclosures and showerheads, and now it is time to sort out the perfect tray for your perfect bathroom.

There are actually two main types of shower tray; those that are low-profile (or flat), and those that are on risers (or adjustable). The difference between them is that the former needs the waste to be installed into your flooring, and the latter has the waste above ground but under the shower floor.

Other than that, you just have to choose a type of tray that matches the enclosure you are going to buy in terms of size and shape. It can be a little confusing though, and we are here to help you learn more about the different types of tray as well as what makes the best one.

In order to help you find the best shower trays UK, we have put this guide together, compiling all of the relevant shower tray reviews in one place so that you can find the perfect one for your shower. 

What’s the Best Shower Tray Material? 

This is not an easy question to answer, because when you get down to it, there are actually benefits and downsides to each material that is on offer. However, by breaking them down for you, we hope that you will be able to select the one that will work best for you.

Ceramic

These used to be the most common and popular on the market, and they are still available at very low prices. They are also very durable and resistant to wear over time, which is part of what made them so widely used. However, they are also exceptionally heavy and take an incredibly long time to manufacture.

Acrylic

This is also known as ABS and is an exceptionally popular and affordable material. The shape is very flexible, and the tray lightweight – making it really easy to carry around and install.

Another little benefit is that they actually feel warm when you step on them. However, they can be a little flimsy, and they do not always feel as robust as other types when you get in the shower. 

Marble

These trays are beautiful and incredibly reliable, but they are also expensive and require quite a large bank account to make them affordable. Additionally, they are heavy and require at least two people to carry them without risk of it breaking. 

Stone

This is another popular option, and one that can also come in a number of shapes and sizes. They are often strong and reliable, but also capped with acrylic to leave that warm touch when you get in. They can also be constructed in such a way that they are very thing, and the only real downside is that most of them are very heavy.

Sizing Guide 

Before you can buy a shower tray, you need to know the exact size that you will need. It is important to remember that most trays are measured in millimetres (mm), so you will need the numbers on hand when you are browsing.

Careful attention should be paid to the measuring process, as incorrect measurements can lead to disappointment when you go to install it. Here are some of the issues it can cause:

  • Flooding and leaks 
  • Mould and mildew growth 
  • Water damage 
  • Expensive repairs (due to flooding)
  • Health issues (mould and mildew)

So, when you are looking for your next shower tray, make sure you are accurate with all of the measurements you take; including the shower door if you select one that opens outwardly. 

Also Read: Installing Concealed Shower Valve Mixer

Shower Tray Shapes 

There are so many different shapes available, and this is because the tray needs to be able to fit snugly against the wall in order to create a watertight seal and maximise the space it is using. Here is a list of the different shapes you will find on the market:

  • Square. A flexible choice that suits many different door and enclosure styles. 
  • Rectangular. Bigger and more spacious, and also tends to use sliding doors only. 
  • Quadrant. Also known as the corner shower. Can be curved or straight, with a variety of doors. 
  • P-shape. Usually designed for bathrooms with an unusual shape. 
  • D-shape. Usually customised for bathrooms with a shape that is different than normal. 
  • Pentangle. An uncommon design, but one that suits bathrooms with odd shapes. 

Contemporary Shower Trays 

Everyone likes the modern look in their bathroom, and that is why we have gathered so many stylish and sleek shower trays for you to browse through.

Sleek and shiny is all the rage right now, and so are contrasting colours, which is why we have done our best to cater to those with a contemporary style (as well as giving options to those who do not). Stone and acrylic are great options for this, not just because they look great, but because the shape can be fully adjusted as well. 

Also Read: Types of Shower for Home

Best Shower Tray for Concrete Floor - Soak

Concrete floors are not always the easiest to cater to, but we have a number of shower trays that will fit in perfectly. 

This is one of them, and if you are searching for a good quality shower tray, you don’t need to look any further. Just take a peek at the reviews below and see for yourself. 

The Good

This particular shower tray has been made for quadrant, or corner, showers, meaning that it is curved perfectly for sliding into corners. 

It measures in at 1200x900mm, and there is no variety in size, but this is a standard for the type of shower. It has a nice depth as well, meaning that the step into the shower remains quite slow so that you don’t need to worry about tripping over.

It can actually be turned into an adjustable tray because of the feet that it is supplied with, and this is part of what makes it so perfect for concrete floors (you don’t need to cut a hatch into the floor).

It is also made to be easy to install in terms of the waste, and the feet help to make that process faster. Not to mention it has a fantastically glossy finish that will make your bathroom shine. 

The Not So Good

There have been no negative reviews for this particular shower tray so far. 

Our View

This shower tray comes at a really reasonable price, which is great if you are looking to set yourself a budget when you begin your bathroom renovation plans.

With no negative reviews at this point in time, there is an extra level of confidence when you go to buy it, and it is perfectly suited to most standard corner showers.

With a riser kit included, it really does have everything you need to make the most of things – especially in homes with concrete floors. 

Best Shower Tray for Wooden Floor – Milano

While we would never recommend a wooden floor in your bathroom (it only takes one flood to ruin the entire thing), there are plenty of shower trays that are perfectly suited to wood flooring. If this is what you are searching for, take a look at the reviews below and see what we have to offer. 

The Good

This shower tray features an incredibly low profile, meaning that you can step in and out of it and barely notice the little step you will need to take.

The graphite slate finish gives it a really bold and modern feel, and the dark colour is ideal for a sharp contrast within the bathroom. 

Strong and durable, you can rely on it to withstand any pressure, and it still remains very lightweight. There are even feet included if you don’t want to fiddle with your wood floors in order to install it, and this means that there is no need to cut a hatch in the ground either.

The waste is even included in the price, so there is no need to worry about buying it separately. It is also reversible, meaning that it can be fitted any way you like, and there is a ten-year guarantee included for peace of mind. 

The Not So Good

There have been no negative reviews for this shower tray so far.

Our View

This shower tray comes at a good price, and there is a whole load of different sizes that you can choose from so that you can select the one that fits your chosen enclosure or shower space best.

With no negative reviews, there is nothing we can say against this great tray, and it remains both a solid and reliable option for anyone looking to mix things up in their bathroom. It’s worth a look. 

Best Shower Tray with Upstands – Wickes

Upstands refer to the feet that are underneath adjustable, or riser, shower trays. These let you attach the waste easily, and without needing to cut into your floor.

So, if this is the kind of thing you are searching for, take some time to read through the reviews and see if it’s the right choice for you. 

The Good

This shower tray is rectangular and measures in at 1200mm by 800mm, and while there aren’t any other sizes available, this is one of the standards. 

The tray depth is 45mm, which means you can really enjoy the water flowing around your feet while you shower. Even though it is made from stone, it remains 30% lighter than most other stone trays on the market for your convenience.

The surface of the tray has been designed to be incredibly reliable and sturdy, with a coating that is resistant to scratching and chips, as well as a high-gloss that will give your bathroom the kind of glow you dreamed of.

The easy plumbing kit provided makes the installation process a lot easier, and the riser kit means that you have the option to not cut into the floor, which would potentially damage it. 

The Not So Good

There have been no negative reviews for this shower tray so far. 

Our View

Once again, we have found a shower enclosure that comes at a really good and reasonable price, making it affordable for most, so you can slip it into your budget.

The lack of negative reviews is always an encouraging factor as well, and the whole unit is incredibly easy for you to install alone. Just make sure you have someone there with you because it can be a little heavy. Overall, a superb option. 

Best Shower Tray for Wet Room – Orchard

Most wet rooms will need a shower floor as well, and it’s important to find one that will cover the required area while also allowing for the freedom and space that the wet room design allows.

You can take some time to review our top choice below and see if it will be right for your bathroom. 

The Good

This shower tray is rectangular and comes in two different sizes, giving you a little more flexibility when it comes to fitting it in your home. 

It has a central drain, for quick and easy drainage while you are washing, ad it can even be cut to size if you find that it does not quite fit your desired space. It is also highly adhesive, sticking to the surface and remaining in place after it has been installed.

As a little bonus, the material it is made from is also fully recyclable, which means it has a kinder impact on the environment.

It is even suitable for use on wood floors, which is great if you have a wooden wet room planned. It is completely waterproof, a ready to tile surface, and it can even prevent the build-up of mould and mildew, so you have one less thing to worry about.

The Not So Good

There have been no negative reviews for this model of shower tray so far. 

Our View

This shower tray comes at a reasonable price, and even the larger model isn’t actually much more than the smaller one. It has a great look and feel, as well as being kinder to the environment than most other models on the market.

It even has resistance to mould and mildew, which is perfect if the idea of cleaning your shower more than once a week feels like too much effort (it certainly does for me). Overall, it’s a great and innovative option. 

Best Shower Tray Walk-In – Simpsons

Walk-in showers are a lot like wet rooms because they offer so much space and freedom when you step inside them.

Shower trays are still a must though if you want a watertight situation, and that is why we have selected an excellent model for you to take a look at. Have a sneaky look and see. 

The Good

This shower tray measures in at 1000mm by 800mm, but there are other sizes available if you are interested in them.

The tray itself is 25mm deep as well, giving it a low profile for a really sleek look that will give your bathroom a look that is both modern and minimalist. 

There is also a riser kit included if you fancy having it elevated for easy waste access instead of in your flooring. The tough gel that coats the surface makes it resistant to scratching and general damage, offering an extra level of protection that you will be thankful for.

It can also be fitted on concrete and wooden floors for extra flexibility, and there is the choice to have a stylish chrome drain cover included if you want it. With a lifetime guarantee, you are also offered complete peace of mind. 

The Not So Good

There have been no negative reviews for this shower tray so far. 

Our View

This shower tray is priced well, and is great for those who want something at a moderate price. It’s large and spacious, which is ideal for a walk-in shower, and the fact that there are currently no negative reviews is very encouraging.

It’s stylish and modern while still remaining functional and robust; features that are key when looking into a new tray. Plus, the varied installation options provide some added flexibility. 

Best Price Shower Tray - Apollo

The best price doesn’t always refer to the lowest one, and in this case, it is certainly the truth. It may not be the budget model you were expecting, but it certainly leaves an impression.

On the hunt for value for money? Look no further, we have everything you need right here and waiting for you. 

The Good

This shower tray features a rectangular design and a low-profile, which makes it great for using in a walk-in shower, or possibly even a wet room.

It measures in at a standard 1700mmx800mm, which means that it is suited for use in most bathroom spaces and enclosures. 

It is also made from acrylic, but remains incredibly tough and durable, as well as resistant to scratching due to the protective gel. One of the key features of this shower tray is the drying area. This is the perfect place to stand and dry off after your shower so that you don’t soak the floor.

It also provides a comfortable space to do so, and adds a little something extra to your bathroom. The waste is not included with this particular model, but there are loads of options, as well as the choice to use the existing waste. 

The Not So Good

There have been no complaints about this particular shower tray so far. 

Our View

This shower tray may not be the cheapest, but it certainly is one of the best in terms of price and value. Made to be robust and durable, it also has the added bonus of a drying area that is sure to make life a little bit easier for you.

The lack of negative reviews is also reassuring, as is the flood of praise from customers about this particular tray. Ideal for those who want to install a low-profile shower tray, this could be exactly what you have been searching for. 

Best Acrylic Shower Tray – Simpsons

Acrylic is a commonly used material for shower trays because it is so reliable, and while we have had quite a few models made from this in this section, the choice we have made here is at the top of our list.

So, if acrylic is your thing, you are going to want to take the time to read the reviews below. 

The Good

This shower tray measures in at 900mmx900mm, and while there are no other options available in terms of size, this is one of the common standards you will find when searching for an enclosure. 

For an additional fee, you also have the option to buy the tray in a stunning slate grey – it’s whatever will suit your bathroom the best. Plus, it’s low-profile with a good 35mm depth.

The high-quality acrylic material that the tray is made from is not only easy to clean, but also resistant to scratches and has a delightful gloss finish.

There is the option to purchase the tray with the waste or without it, as well as panels if you feel that you will need them. With a steel frame structure for additional rigidity, it remains an incredibly reliable and sturdy shower tray. 

The Not So Good

There are no negative reviews for this shower tray at the moment. 

Our View

This shower tray comes at a great price, and one that can be afforded on most budgets (when bought without the extra features and in the classic white).

Coupled with the lack of negative reviews, it makes for a formidable choice when you are looking to select the shower tray that is going to be best for your home.

With some great little features added in and a really slim design, it’s an excellent low-profile option that is sure to change the way you shower. 

Further Models of Shower Tray

Here are some further models of shower tray for you to look at, just in case the ones above do not quite meet your requirements.

Best Anti-Slip Shower Tray – JT Fusion 

This shower tray is made from acrylic stone resin, and double skinned to ensure that it is incredibly strong and reliable when in use.

There is even the option to purchase a separate riser kit if you need to have the waste located under the shower as opposed to cutting into the floor.

It is also coated with an anti-slip coating so that you can have your shower without worrying about falling over while you do so. It has a great 45mm depth, which is ideal if you enjoy a really deep basin when you are washing.

Made in the UK and with a 25-year guarantee, the price might be a little high, but it is worth it for the quality. 

Best Low-Profile Shower Tray - Simpsons

With an ultra-low-profile, this shower tray makes stepping under the water an effortless breeze, and you will barely notice the tray as you walk in.

Made from natural stone resin, it has a gorgeous and clean finish that sparkles – making your bathroom the centre of attention. It can be fitted on concrete or wooden floors with ease, and even comes with the waste included in the price.

The gel coating on the surface of the tray makes it more durable and resistant to damage. There is a whole range of sizes available as well, so you can find the one that fits your shower perfectly. Plus, the price is really reasonable too, which is always a bonus. 

Best Budget Shower Tray – Aurora

This is another shower tray that comes with a riser kit, giving you the choice to either install the waste within your floor or above it – whatever works best for you.

It is made from stone resin with an acrylic capping, making it both durable and reliable, as well as giving it a modern look. It is a corner tray, which is great for corner enclosures, and the price is incredibly low; so, you can afford it even on a budget.

It comes with everything you need, including the waste, allowing you to install it quickly so that you can hop in and enjoy your shower more. There are also various sizes available, so practically every shower is catered to. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to help you discover the best shower trays UK for you, and the shower tray reviews have ensured that you are able to find the perfect shower tray to help you get squeaky clean after a long day.

As always, the most important thing to us is that you are presented with products that come from reliable and reputable companies, which is why we have only chosen the ones we know will leave you with a good experience.

Whether you need a shower tray that comes with a rise kit, will fit a corner enclosure, or is more suited to a wet room, we have exactly what you need in our extensive product list. Plus, we have taken the time to select a great range of prices so that practically every budget can be provided for.

What did you think of our shower tray guide? Are there any that you would have liked to see or recommended? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comments below. 

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Best Silicone Sealant for Showers – UK Silicone and Caulk Guide

Best Silicone Sealant for Showers – UK Silicone and Caulk Guide
Best Silicone Sealant for Showers – UK Silicone and Caulk Guide

Silicone sealant. We don’t really think about it, but it’s actually an essential part of getting your bathroom ready for use – especially when you are installing a new shower. One big question remains, however, are you using silicone sealant or caulk to get the job done?

The first thing we actually address in this guide is what the difference between these two materials is, so that should clear a lot up for you before you go and decide which one you need for the task at hand.

Using silicone sealant in your bathroom is essential, because it is waterproof and will ensure that the walls and tiles remain protected from water damage. It’s easy to get a little lost within this topic though, especially with the different types and techniques you have to consider.

This is why we are here – to help you learn more about silicone sealant and caulk, as well as the best way to use them in order to get the best results.

In order to help you find the best silicone sealant, we have put this guide together, compiling all of the relevant silicone sealant reviews in one place so that you can find the one that will bring your bathroom to life. 

What’s the Difference Between Caulk and Silicone?

This is a common question, and one that I needed clarified the first time I fixed up my bathroom. What is the difference between caulk and silicone? After all, they look practically the same and seem like they would be used for the same tasks. Here’s a quick rundown of what each does best. 

Caulk

This is the fastest drier out of the two, and it is a lot quicker than silicone. It is not very tolerant to movement, and it cannot come into contact with water, but removing it is pretty easy when it needs to be replaced, and it can be painted over if you fancy changing the colours. It’s perfect for skirting filling, and dries a lot harder than silicone. 

Silicone

This is highly elastic and will stick to pretty much every surface, and this also means that it will be able to work with moving joints without breaking.

It is water resistant, which is why it is so good for rooms with a lot of moisture, and some will even prevent the growth of mould. It’s really durable and resilient to temperature changes, as well as coming in different colours. 

Further Reading: How to Seal a Shower

How Long is it Best to Leave Silicone Sealant to Dry? 

There are three main time periods for drying silicone sealant, and it all depends on factors like the temperature and quality. A lower quality sealant will only take an hour to dry, which is fantastic but may also result in crumbling and cracking over time.

A good quality sealant will take an average of 24 hours in a warm room, but if the area is cold, then you can expect to wait closer to 36 hours for it to finish drying. 

Best Silicone Remover? 

The thing is, every silicone is different and may need a special touch in order to get it off so that you can replace it. Certain brands are removed easier when used with the same silicone remover that they manufacture, whereas others can be taken off using a little elbow grease and a silicone removal tool.

Of course, if you don’t know who made your silicone, the best option is trial and error until you can get rid of it completely. A good place to start? Take a Stanley knife and cut the silicone away. 

Best Colour Silicone Sealant 

After a good deal of research, it should be noted that while there are plenty of brands out there that manufacture coloured silicone, Mapei is certainly at the top of the list.

They have around 30 different colours available for you to buy, giving you a strong variety. However, if you are more interested in a simple ivory or clear silicone, we have a great little selection for you to flick through below. 

What’s the Best Silicone Sealant That Can Dry Underwater? 

I hear your gasps, and honestly, I was surprised that a silicone like this exists. While they can work very well, there are times where you might find that it fails to do the job – it’s not a guarantee.

There are a couple of these on the market, but the one leading the field is Plumber’s Gold by EverBuild; a brand that we take a further look at later on in this guide. It’s a product that is more readily available in your local hardware or bathroom store than online, however. 

Where is the Best Place to Buy Silicone Sealant? 

There are only two places you can really buy silicone sealant – online and your local hardware store. Of course, you should always make sure the website you are using for the purchase is reliable if you decide to buy online in order to avoid disappointment.

Always go for a brand that you trust, and make sure you follow the instructions on the packaging when you go to apply it. 

What is the Best Price I Can Pay for Silicone? 

Honestly, there is no one price that can be deemed the best when it comes to silicone, because it all depends on the quality and the brand. There are some really cheap brands out there, but they may not be able to offer the durability that more expensive ones offer.

While price is not always a solid indicator with regards to the quality, it can be quite a good guide to follow, and the expression ‘you get what you pay for’ often comes into play. 

Also Read: Removing Silicone from Shower

Best Temperature to Use Silicone Sealant

The ideal temperature for the use of silicone sealant is 18C. This means that the temperature is not cold enough to prolong the drying time for the sealant, but it’s not so warm that the silicone will end up forming a skin that you will need to wipe away once it has dried. 

List of Silicone Sealant Removers

In this section, you will find a list of the silicone sealant removers that we feel are best for the job, giving you a good selection to flick through so that you can determine which one is going to get the work done with minimal effort and the best results. 

UniBond Anti-Mould Sealant

UniBond is a leading brand within the sealant industry, and so you know you are getting something touch and reliable when you go with them. 

If you are in search of a sealant that can fight off mould as well as leave your bathroom nice and watertight, this is the one for you. 

The Good

One of the first features to make a note of is the fact that this sealant comes in a long canister with a nozzle on the end, helping you to apply it accurately and without too much hassle. 

While the one linked here is white, there is also the choice to buy a different one that is ivory instead – so you can select the one that best suits your design vision for your shower.

It can be used on all tiled areas, and it has even been created with properties that help to keep mould and mildew away once it has dried and can get to work.

It’s also tough and durable, reducing the risk of crumbling and damage over time. It only takes a day to fully dry, and the high levels of adhesion mean that its sanitary aspects will last a lot longer than most. 

The Not So Good

Some customers have noted that the nozzle can make the application process quite slow. 

Our View

This silicone sealant is really affordable, and great for doing work in your bathroom or kitchen.

The waterproof seal that it provides is ideal for your shower, and while there are some who feel the included nozzle makes the process a slow one, it is better to take your time and do it right than rush and ruin the whole thing. 

It’s an excellent option to go for, and one that will be totally worth it once it dries. 

EverBuild Clear Silicone Sealant

EverBuild is another superb brand, and one with a great history of reliability. 

So, if you are still looking to find the perfect sealant for you, this might be a good chance for you to have a browse through the reviews below and see if this one fits the bill. 

The Good

This silicone sealant actually comes in several different colours and styles, giving you more freedom when it comes to choosing which one is going to work best for your home. 

It also conforms to all of the required safety standards, and will dry quickly to provide a robust and waterproof seal for your shower walls. Plus, it remains permanently flexible, part of what makes the rubber seal so tight.

It can be used on practically any surface as well, whether it is tile, wood, or a PVC area. This makes it quite a versatile form of sealant.

The fact that it is clear makes it really versatile in terms of appearance, and it is also resistant to dirt so that it will stay cleaner for longer. It is also a professional grade sealant, offering you some added peace of mind when you go to use it. 

The Not So Good

Some customers have found that this particular sealant is a little expensive for what it is. 

Our View

This silicone sealant may come at a higher price than others on the market, but you are paying for the fantastic quality, as well as the fact that it is professional grade, and one used by builders.

The clear finish makes it really versatile, although there are plenty of other options out there for you. It’s tough and resilient, as well as made to last, just some of the features that show this is one of the best choices on the market. 

UniBond ReNew Silicone Sealant

Another one from UniBond, this particular silicone sealant is unique and fantastic in the way it works.

So, if you are searching for something that is a little different, and even able to perform a wider range of tasks, this could be just what you need. Have a quick read below. 

The Good

This sealant has a really neat design in that you simply squeeze the tube and apply it to the area, a little like Tippex, and the finished results are incredibly clean. 

It’s not just simple to apply though; it can also be placed on top of existing sealant to fills holes and make the whole thing more secure. There is even an integrated smoothing tool so that you can get the best possible finish.

It has a protective later on the top that prevents mould, even working to kill it so that it does not become infested, and it also means there is less cleaning and maintenance work to do for you.

The strong adhesion means that you don’t need to worry about crumbling or cracking, and it will dry within a day. Each tube also contains enough sealant for a standard bathroom to be covered. 

The Not So Good

Some customers have noted that it can be a little tricky to use and get used to at first. 

Our View

This silicone sealant does come at a great price, and one that you should find quite easy to slip into your budget. While it may not always be the easiest tool to use, if you take your time and are patient, you should be on track in no time at all.

It works to prevent and kill mould, meaning that the silicone will be easy to clean and maintain. Overall, it is easy to overcome any challenges, and it has the ability to do more than one job in your bathroom.

Further Models of Silicone Sealant 

Here are some further models of silicone sealant for you to look at, just in case the ones above do not quite meet your requirements.

Bond-It Transparent Silicone Sealant 

The great thing about this particular form of silicone is that it’s not just for use in bathrooms and kitchens, but it is also completely safe to use with marine and aquatic life.

So, it can be used in all areas of your home without worry. The sealant itself is also high-module, meaning that when it dries, it is incredibly rigid and robust once it dries.

It is also able to handle extreme temperatures without affecting the consistency of the silicone, and there is also a nozzle included so that the application of the sealant can be made quickly and easily. 

EverBuild Silicone Sealant 

Another one from EverBuild, this silicone sealant can be purchased as a single canister or in a multi-pack – ideal for large bathrooms, or for projects that require it to be used in multiple areas of the home.

It is completely waterproof as well, which is what makes it ideal for using in your shower, and it promises to create a tight seal that will leave you feeling relaxed when you next step inside.

It remains permanently flexible, so it can be used around bathtubs and other fixtures in your bathroom. It’s also incredibly cheap, which is great if you are searching for a good bargain. 

How Long After Silicone Can I Shower?

This can depend on the temperature of the bathroom when you apply the silicone sealant and leave it to set. In a room that is cold, it will be around 36 hours before you can use the shower as that is the length of time it will set.

Warm rooms will only take 24 hours, as the temperature helps it to set faster. These are the good quality silicones on the market, and you can buy some that will only take an hour, but these tend to be less durable over time. 

How Do You Reseal a Shower Floor? 

This is not a difficult task, and it can be achieved quite quickly as well if you set the time aside. All you need to do is follow the simple instructions below, and you’ll be a pro in no time at all.

#1 Scrape any loose caulk from between the tiles. You can use a screwdriver to do this if needed, or even a dull blade if there is some really stuck stuff. You should also remove any grout haze from between the lines as well, and then wipe it all down with a soft cloth.

#2 Using a mixture of warm water and the cleaning product of your choice, take the time to wash your floor thoroughly with a clean cloth. Then, after rinsing it, leave the entire floor to dry completely before you move on. It should be noted that this can take as long as five days. This is an essential stage, because no further work can be done until it is dry.

#3 Grab some grout sealer and apply it over the grout, creating a waterproof seal that will protect your floor and tiles. It is also resistant to oil and chemicals. After this, you can apply a silicone sealant over the seams between the tiles. The thickest layer should be where the wall meets the floor for extra resistance to water – especially within a shower.

#4 If there is any excess sealant left after the work, you can use a knife or a cloth to remove it and ensure that the finish is nice and clean. After that, you can leave the floor to dry for a minimum to 12 hours before resuming normal use of the bathroom. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to help you discover the best silicone sealant for you, and the silicone sealant reviews have ensured that you are able to find exactly what you need in order the carry out the work and get your shower completely ready for action.

Within this guide, we have done more than present you with a few options when buying your silicone sealant – we have created something extensive that will answer all of your questions, and even give you a few handy tricks and tips for when you start the work.

The brands we have chosen are all reputable and trustworthy, and there is a whole range of prices so that you are able to find something that slips into your budget perfectly. We know you will find what you are looking for. 

What did you think of our silicone sealant guide? Are there any that you would have liked to see or recommended? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comments below. 

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Different Types of Shower You Can Install in Your Home – Buying Guide

Different Types of Shower You Can Install in Your Home – Buying Guide
Different Types of Shower You Can Install in Your Home – Buying Guide

What you may not have thought about when embarking on your bathroom remodelling quest is that there are a number of different types of shower that you can install. Each of them has their pros and cons, work better in some situations than others, and sometimes it’s just down to personal choice.

If you want to learn more about the showers that are available to you so that you can make an informed decision, this is the perfect guide for you, as we take you through each type in excellent detail. You could say it’s the ultimate buying guide for different plumbing systems. 

What are the Different Shower Systems? 

There’s a lot to think about before you can start getting into the details of each type of shower, and while this section will start with the various systems, it’s going to delve a lot deeper into it than that. To start, however, here are the different types of shower system:

  • Electric shower. These are the most common choice because they are quick and easy to install, and also have their own heating system.
  • Power shower. These are commonly mistaken for an electric shower. They have a similar appearance, but use both hot and cold supplies as well as a pump for pressure boosting. 
  • Manual mixer shower. Easy to fit and install, these mix hot and cold water supplies together manually. 
  • Thermostatic mixer shower. These have a thermostatic valve to prevent scalding and keep your shower at the same temperature. It is ideal for children and the elderly. 
  • Eco shower. These limit the water flow (while still ensuring it is usable) to make it more efficient. This saves water as well as money. 
  • Digital shower. Similar to the above, but more advanced. You can set an exact temperature for the water, and some will even allow for smartphone controls. 
  • Smart shower. These are part of the smart home revolution. They can be combined with things like Alexa and your phone for full control and access at all times. 

Before you pick the type of shower you want, you should take a look and see what your water pressure is like. You can do it yourself, using methods we have highlighted in our water pressure guides, or you can get a plumber to come out and measure it for you – whatever you are more comfortable with.

Your water pressure will dictate the type of shower you are able to have, as well as the one that suits your home best. This is something we look at further in the next sections.

Also Read: How to Increase Shower Pressure 

Now, look at the water system you have. There are three main types in the UK, and your home is likely to have one of them installed. Here is some more information on each:

  • Gravity fed. You will find that this one is very common, and it tends to have a cold-water tank in the loft space as well as a water cylinder tucked away in the airing cupboard. While the water pressure does tend to be lower, you can use a shower pump to boost it. 
  • Combi boiler. First thing about these, you cannot use a shower pump with them, and no good plumber will install one if you have this system. It features a boiler with no water cylinders. They tend to have high water pressure, as well as providing hot water on demand.
  • Unvented. This is where a water cylinder is heated by a high-pressure boiler or an immersion heater. As a result, large volumes of water can be supplied to the shower. 

Once you have identified your boiler and have a clear idea of what you want and need in your home (with regards to the type of shower), you can move onto the other factors.

While these are mostly cosmetic as well as functional, they are aspects we have extensive guides on so that you are able to make a good and informed choice:

  • The showerhead 
  • The shower enclosure 
  • The shower tray
  • The shower valve and/or taps 
  • Whether or not you will need a shower pump 
Electric Showers

What Do I Need to Know About Electric Showers? 

These tend to be the top choice for most homes, especially since it doesn’t rely on the boiler for hot water. Instead, it takes water from the cold supply and uses its own heating elements within the unit to heat the water up.

Due to it being separate from your normal hot water system, you can have a hot shower whenever you want, and you never need to worry about the hot water running out, or needing to switch it on prior to washing.

They can also be used with any plumbing system because of the fact that they use the supply of cold water as opposed to hot. However, as a sneaky top tip, you will achieve the best pressure levels if you use an electric shower with a gravity system. 

Key Points:

  • Minimum pressure: 0.1 bar
  • Temperature not affected by hot water use elsewhere in the home 
  • Should be installed by a professional 
  • Compatible with all plumbing systems, work best with gravity
Manual Mixer Showers

What Do I Need to Know About Manual Mixer Showers?

This is another common and familiar system, and the name is actually quite self-explanatory. It takes water from the hot and cold supplies that already exist in your home, and then combines them within the shower unit.

It usually comes as a deck mounted unit and has a shower handset integrated, and this can be attached to the wall if needed, which is what makes them so popular with shower baths. They also work with shower enclosures, making them quite a versatile option.

Additionally, they are compatible with all plumbing systems for extra flexibility. It is important to note that because they take water from your existing supply, the flow rate of water to the shower will not be increased. So, if there is low pressure within the rest of your home, there will be with your shower. 

Key Points

  • Minimum pressure: 0.1 bar 
  • Can be used with a shower pump 
  • Uses existing water supply
  • Works with all plumbing systems 
Thermostatic Showers

What Do I Need to Know About Thermostatic Showers? 

These work in a very similar manner to the manual mixer showers we talked about in the above section, in that they take water from the existing supply. However, there is one main difference with these.

The thermostatic shower uses a pre-set thermostat to keep the water temperature consistent at all times, even if you are using water elsewhere in the home at the same time.

 This is implemented to help prevent things like scalding, and it also means that you don’t need to live in fear if you hear someone washing the dishes while you are in the shower.

These units can be deck mounted for shower baths, but they can also work as part of a concealed or exposed unit, making them versatile. Additionally, they work with all plumbing systems. 

Key Points

  • Minimum Pressure: 0.1 bar 
  • Thermostat prevents scalding and temperature changes 
  • Ideal for children and the elderly 
  • Can be used with a shower pump 
  • Works with all plumbing systems 
Water-Saving Airdrop Showers

What Do I Need to Know About Water-Saving Airdrop Showers?

In good news for the planet, people are starting to become more conscious of their impact on the environment, and so eco showers have become more popular in recent years. Airdrop showers are fantastic because they save masses of water without impacting the way it feels.

So, even though you are using less, the pressure and general feel of the shower doesn’t seem to be any different. They have been designed to suck air into the water, providing you with a refreshing shower that feels a lot like you are standing outside in the rain.

The air that has been added to the system reduces the amount of water that is needed, saving you money as well as helping the environment out. You won’t feel the reduction in water, but you will feel massively refreshed. 

Key Points

  • Minimum pressure: 0.1 bar 
  • Saves water and money 
  • Environmentally friendly 
  • Works with all plumbing systems 
Digital Showers

What Do I Need to Know About Digital Showers? 

These work in a very similar way to mixer and power showers, but they give you a lot more control over the temperature. While a standard mixer or power shower will need the flow adjusted to either hot or cold to achieve the right temperature, a digital shower will allow you to do the same but through the special panel on the shower itself. 

If you go one step further and buy a smart shower, the process is very similar, except that you can set the temperature from your phone as well. You can use several different modes on the shower as well, such as the warm-up mode which will gently heat the water to your desired temperature before you get in.

This eliminates the dreaded hand under the stream to check that it isn’t cold anymore. The panel also means that you have complete control over both the temperature and flow at all times, so you always have it just the way you like it.

Smart showers do tend to take things one step further, because there isn’t just phone connection available. You can also hook it up to your Alexa or home assistant, adding it to your smart home network and creating an even more advanced system. These systems are also compatible with all plumbing networks. 

Key Points

  • Minimum pressure: 0.1 bar 
  • Can be used as part of a smart home 
  • Temperature can be set so that it does not change 
  • Compatible with all plumbing systems 
Power Showers

What Do I Need to Know About Power Showers? 

While this can also refer to any shower with a powerful flow, it is also a specific type. It is similar to a standard mixer in that it uses water from both the hot and cold taps and combines them to get to the right temperature.

They also tend to have a booster pump with them because they are often installed in homes that have low pressure. There are actually two main types of pump; plastic and brass. The plastic models tend to be cheaper than the brass ones, and are quite reliable. 

They can be quite noisy though, and tend to need more maintenance overall. The brass models are more expensive, but they also tend to last a lot longer and are considered more heavy-duty than the plastic ones.

They work well with most plumbing systems, but if you have low pressure, you should stick with gravity. If you have the additional pump with the shower, you cannot really use it with a combi boiler. 

Further Reading: Power Shower Installation Guide

Key Points

  • Minimum Pressure: 0.1 bar 
  • Boosts pressure without a pump 
  • Can be used with an additional pump if desired 
  • Works well with most plumbing systems 
  • Best suited to the gravity fed system

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to help you on your quest to find the perfect shower for your home. There is so much to choose from, and we know that you are going to make the best decision possible with our help.

From the classic electric shower to something a little kinder to the environment (and your water bills), everything is covered in great detail. We even take a glance at some of the fancier models with their new tech.

What did you think of our shower buying guide? Did it answer all of your questions, or are there areas that you felt needed improvement? We love hearing from you, so leave us a message in the comment section below. 

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Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know

Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know
Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know

A shower pump is the perfect addition to any bathroom if you have been suffering from low water pressure and are in need of a more refreshing shower. What do you really know about shower pumps though? Are you prepared for any potential problems and issues, or are you jumping in head-first?

This guide has been created to give you more guidance, and to help you understand more about shower pumps, how they work, and the issues that might need to be fixed down the line. So, if you want the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about shower pump problems, you better be ready to read below. 

Why is My Shower Pump Not Working? 

There are so many different reasons why your shower pump might not be working, and practically every reason is listed here in this guide for you to look through.

It could be anything from limescale to a leak caused by an excess of pressure or loose seals. Therefore, you should have no problem finding out what the problem is, as well as the potential solutions. 

A Leaking Pump 

If a pump is leaking, that usually means that there is an issue with the seals. These deteriorate over time, and so leaks tend to indicate that they need to be replaced. However, there could be several other causes for the leak in your pumps, and more of the symptoms can be found further down in this FAQ. 

A Cold Pump 

When you install a shower pump, it is important that you do not let it get cold or frosty as this can affect its functionality. The best way to avoid this is to protect it with insulation. By doing this, you keep it safe from the frost and also prevent it from getting cold. 

A Noisy Shower Pump 

You should expect some noise from your shower pump because they are not silent installations in any way, but excessive noise can prove to be a problem.

It could mean that the pump is jammed, and therefore the impellers are not able to rotate correctly. Generally, this is caused by limescale, seals that have become stuck, or an electrical issue. 

If the pipes are not flexible, it can cause a large increase in noise, and the same goes if there are no anti-vibration feet attached to the base. Improperly connected or placed piping may also create extra noise, as does pipework that has not been supported correctly. 

Airlocks 

This is quite a common problem, and they can end up restricting the flow of water quite substantially. In order to remove the air from the pump, you will need to bleed the system – which is actually quite easy to do. You can find instructions in the next question, below. 

shower pump

How to Bleed a Shower Pump? 

Before you start, make sure you shut down the electrical supply for the pump. Then, turn on the shower and ensure that it is completely emptied of water before switching it off again. You can then vent the pump directly by removing the connection pipes.

Blocked Pump Filters 

This is really common in hard water areas because there are more limescale and mineral deposits that build up and end up clogging shower heads and pipes. However, it can also affect the filters on your pump and restrict the water flow.

You don’t necessarily need a professional to come and fix it, and if you feel confident enough you can save a little cash by doing it yourself. Make sure the service valves have been switched off and that the electrical supply has been disconnected.

Once this has been done, you can remove the filters and clean them carefully; removing any limescale and debris. After replacing them, you can reconnect everything and go back to use as normal. 

Can a Shower Pump be Used with a Combi Boiler?

No, you cannot use a shower pump with a combi boiler. This is because they rely on mains pressure, which can be great in some situations, but also means it cannot be used with a shower pump. This is because there is no hot and cold tank, and so it can’t work with a pump because it would need separate hot and cold lines. 

Can a Shower Pump Freeze? 

Yes, a shower pump is just like any other piping system in your home – if it gets too cold it will end up freezing. This can be really damaging for a shower pump, and it should never be allowed to get too cold.

As we mentioned earlier in this FAQ, installing insulation around the pump should help to prevent freezing and rapid temperature drops. When you put the installation in, ensure there is a ventilation system to also prevent overheating. Ideally, a professional should undertake this task. 

How to Make a Shower Pump Quieter

There are a couple of ways you can reduce the amount of noise produced by your shower pump. The first, is with an anti-vibration mounting pad.

This offers you the perfect level of noise insulation, working to absorb motor noise and vibrations from the shower pump. You can also get a sound absorption mat, and this works in a similar way, as well as being an incredibly cheap solution. 

How Does a Shower Pump Switch on?

As soon as you start your shower and the water starts flowing, the pump will get to work. It needs water passing through its system so that it can boost the pressure and push the water out in a powerful stream.

The increased pressure also works against gravity as it travels upwards, which is why your overall pressure from the shower head is massively improved. 

Further Reading: Tips for Increasing Shower Pressure

How to Connect a Shower Pump? 

The process of connecting your shower pump can be complicated, and we actually have a detailed step-by-step for how to connect your shower pump up that you can read through.

However, we do strongly recommend that you have an electrician and plumber come out to do the work for you so that you know it meets safety standards and has been installed correctly. 

What is a Positive Shower Pump? 

These have been designed to be fed by gravity, and it needs at least a metre of distance (also known as a head) between the bottom of the cold-water cistern and the pump. The gravity feed will then serve to kick-start the pump, pushing water to the shower. 

What is a Negative Shower Pump? 

These are for use in a situation where it will be located at an equal level to, or above, the cold-water tank. This is so that it can take water from the tank and feed it to the shower, and the fact that it is such a compact pump makes it popular for use in bungalows. Plus, the position of the hot water cylinder doesn’t matter either. 

What’s the Difference Between Positive and Negative Pumps? 

The positive shower pumps are gravity fed, and they need a specific amount of distance between them and the cistern. The negative versions are able to be placed at an equal level to the tank, and are also designed to be used in smaller spaces. It all depends on your home and plumbing system. 

Why Does My Shower Pump Pulse?

While it may feel like the issue is with the actual shower pump, it is usually actually caused by a blockage in your plumbing system. This clog will cause a decline in the overall flow rate, creating a pulsing movement in the pump. It can be really difficult to determine exactly what is causing the issue, but here are some of the most common ones:

  • Limescale 
  • Blocked shower head
  • Blocked filters 

If it is not caused by any of the above, you should call a plumber out to investigate and figure out where the issue is within your plumbing. It is the safest bet for your home, and for your pipework. 

Digital Showers

Shower Pump Does Not Start 

There could be several reasons why your shower pump is not starting up, and most of them are best looked at and repaired by a plumber. Here are some of the main issues that could be occurring if your shower pump won’t start up:

  • It has been installed too far away and so cannot operate correctly
  • There is a blockage that is causing a drastic decrease in pressure
  • There is air in the pipe, and it needs to be bled 

Shower Pump Too Powerful 

Too much power, or flow, can actually become a major issue, even though it may not seem that way when you are taking a shower. How can it be an issue though? The three main problems caused by a shower that is too powerful can be found below:

  • A flow that is too strong can end up damaging the plumbing system
  • It can waste a lot of water, leading to much higher water bills than you were expecting 
  • It can use stored hot water way too fast, leaving none for the rest of the household

If you want to try and fix this, the best thing to try is partially closing the isolator valves on the outlet slide of the pump. Just make sure you do not restrict the flow on the inlet side.

Shower Pump Burning Smell 

A lot of the time, the burning smell is caused by a blockage in the filters. This is because the clog will cause the pump to essentially work against itself, causing the motor to overheat.

Unblocking and cleaning the filter, as well as rinsing any debris from the hose, should get things working normally again. However, you should also get a professional out to inspect the motor and make sure that things are working correctly.

Shower Pump Broken 

If your shower pump is no longer working and you can’t figure out what the problem is, there is only one course of action you can take. You need to call a plumber. They will be able to assess the situation and tell you what’s wrong with your shower pump, as well as fix it for you. 

Shower Pump Buzzing 

A buzzing or humming sound is a strong indication that your shower pump is jammed. If you live in an area with hard water, the most likely cause is limescale clogging up the machine, but it could also be due to a broken impeller. Sadly, no matter the cause, this particular issue almost always ends in the pump being completely replaced. 

Shower Pump Blowing Fuses 

There are a couple of reasons why a shower pump might be blowing a fuse. The first, and most common, is that you might be running too many electrical appliances at once, and the system simply can’t cope with the amount of power required. 

However, it could also be that there is an electrical short or fault within the pump that needs to be looked at by an electrician. Additionally, you could be using the wrong fuse for the pump. Make sure you use the exact fuse the manufacturer tells you to if you want it to work correctly.

Using one that is too powerful will cause it to short because it was not made to deal with that level of current, and one that is not powerful enough will not be able to work hard enough to get the pump working. 

Also Read: How to Fit a Power Shower

Shower Pump Comes on Randomly 

This can also be described as your shower pump turning itself on and off, so one moment it will be working fine, and then the next it’s not. This tends to be an issue seen in the higher end models, but that’s not a bad thing in any way.

The reason it does this is because the pump detects a leak in the system and shuts down before any further damage can occur. If this happens, you should check the system for leaks quickly, and possibly call a plumber out to fix it. 

Shower Pump Doesn’t Start Straight Away 

Sometimes, this is down to a faulty flow switch, and replacing it will be more than enough to get things working normally again. It is also the cheapest choice, so definitely worth trying before anything else. 

However, it is most likely due to there being incorrect space (or head) between the pump and the tank. While this is something you can fix yourself, the safest and most accurate option is to call out a plumber to do it for you. 

Shower Pump Hose Leak 

Leaks need to be dealt with quickly so that you can minimise damage to your home, as well as get things working correctly again quickly. Sometimes, wrapping PTFE tape around the leak will keep it secure, and there is also PTFE sealant that you can try. 

However, unless you are an expert, DIY jobs don’t always last as well as they could, and severe hose leaks may require professional attention. 

Shower Pump Jammed 

If your shower pump is jammed, there are a few things that could be causing it, and you can find them listed below:

  • Limescale has built up and caused a severe blockage 
  • The seals on the pump have become stuck and jammed it
  • The impeller is broken and unable to turn properly

Unfortunately, the prognosis for a jammed shower pump is not usually a good one, and you will often find that the whole thing needs to be replaced. 

Shower Pump on But No Water 

If there is no water, it is usually because there is a blockage that is causing a massively reduced flow through the pipes, sometimes blocking it completely.

This is often because of limescale, but it could also be due to air in the pump that needs to be vented (as described in the “Airlock” section of the FAQ). By clearing the blockage or bleeding the system of air, you should find free water flow returns to your pump. 

Shower Pump Replacement 

If your pump needs to be replaced, you’re going to need to start getting quotes from qualified installers. Generally speaking, you can expect a high-quality shower pump with twin impellers to be around £350 without the fitting cost. In total, you should have £500-£700 set aside so that you can pay for both the new pump and the installation costs. 

Shower Pump Running Dry 

Usually, the main symptom of this is the pump turning itself off every time you go to start it. The reason this happens is because most pumps actually have a protection system in place to prevent damage to the pump if the water supply gets interrupted.

Fixing this involves venting the system of air, something we explain in more detail at the start of this FAQ under “Airlocks”. 

How Long Should a Shower Pump Last?

Generally speaking, you can expect your shower pump to last for longer than the guarantee period. They tend to be quite reliable pieces of kit for your bathroom, and the average lifespan for a pump is eight years.

As a handy side note, you will find that most manufacturers will be happy to extend the guarantee by an additional year; and, in many ways, it’s a very reassuring feature. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to help you learn more about the ways in which you can fix (or prevent) issues with your shower pump. From how to deal with the noise and the temperature, to the ways in which you can solve pulsing and general technical issues.

It’s always good to be fully informed before you have your shower pump installed, and you can never go wrong with a little extra knowledge.

What did you think of our shower pump problem FAQ? Were all your questions answered, and more? Are there places that we fell short? We love hearing from you, so let us know in the comment section below. 

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Shower Wall Panels? Complete Buyers Guide – How to Choose and Fit

Shower Wall Panels? Complete Buyers Guide – How to Choose and Fit
Shower Wall Panels? Complete Buyers Guide – How to Choose and Fit

Has the time come for a complete bathroom renovation, or perhaps you just need to fix the shower up? Whatever your reasons, it is important to know what you’re getting and that you are purchasing the right type of shower wall panel for the job.

After all, you don’t want to discover that it’s the wrong size or material, or that it isn’t as watertight as you expected. To help you figure out which path to take, we have taken the time to create this comprehensive and detailed guide on shower wall panels.

It’s a complete buyer’s handbook on how to choose them, how to fit them, and everything in between. We even have a little FAQ at the end to answer all of your most pressing questions, as well as some of our favourite models for you to look at when you’re ready to buy.

After renovating my bathroom last year, I felt like I would have benefitted from an article like this one. We’ve done the hard work for you, so all you need to do is grab a hot drink, slide your slippers on, and kick back while we take you through absolutely everything you need to know.

You might be confused and stressed now, but you won’t be by the end of this guide. 

What are Shower Wall Panels Made of? 

There are actually three main types of material for shower wall panels, and while you may find others out there, the three we go through in this section are certainly the best for the task. 

PVC

This is usually the cheapest type of shower wall, and so is perfect if you are on a budget. This is because it is one of the most common synthetic plastics and can be reformed into numerous shapes – making it a versatile material to use.

These shower walls are also the lightest of the main three, due to the absence of a solid mass in the core; instead using what is known as a vertical cuboid construction.

Their low price does not affect the overall quality either, and you will find that they are just as reliable as some of the higher end products on the market.

They can be used in both residential and commercial environments, and some brands will even include more than one wall in the pack so that you are able to waterproof it effectively. 

Acrylic 

If you are searching for a very slim shower wall panel, acrylic is usually the one you want as they can be up to 5mm thinner than their counterparts. However, due to their dense construction, you will also find that they are heavier than the PVC panels on the market, and this is also due to the fact that the core is solid.

One of the benefits of acrylic is that they can come in a range of bold colours or be semi-transparent, giving you a little more variety when decorating your bathroom. They are just as durable and hygienic as the PVC models, but the increased weight and the material can mean that they are more expensive to buy and deliver. 

Further Reading: Shower Enclosures for Low Ceilings

Laminated 

These are also known as MDF shower wall panels, so when you are searching for the laminated models, you might have this name pop up instead. These are the thickest and the heaviest walls on the market, and in many ways, they are the best one to go for when you are renovating your bathroom.

However, this does mean that they are usually more expensive to buy. The core of this particular type of wall also has a high-pressure laminated backing on both sides, which makes it incredibly waterproof.

You can pick from a massive selection of designs as well – everything from a marble effect to bespoke images that you supply to the manufacturer. It’s an incredibly versatile wall panel that really allows for your personal touch. 

What Surfaces Can Bathroom Wall Panels be Fitted on? 

Shower wall panels are often some of the easiest items to fit in your bathroom, and this is mostly because they are quite simple to fit on surfaces that might be deemed slightly uneven. They can also be fitted directly over existing tiles and wall coverings, which makes them hassle-free and a lot less stressful to install in your home.

Of course, a smooth and plastered wall remains the best surface. However, if you are fitting them in a commercial building, then you may find that they need to be attached to batons or to the stud wall.

However, the tradesman that you hire to do the work for you will be more knowledgeable on the topic. If you plan on undertaking a commercial task yourself, we strongly recommend you do thorough research in methods and regulations before you start the job. 

How to Install Shower Wall Panels 

We have sourced a great video for you to watch when you are looking to install your shower wall panels, so make sure you take the time to really study it so that you know exactly what to do. Additionally, we have also provided a very brief run-through of each of the steps below the video. 

Step One: measure both the height and width of the area in question.

Step Two: mark the cutting lines on the panel and protect the edges with strips of masking tape.

Step Three: remove the excess wall panel, then sand them until they are smooth.

Step Four: Fit the panels together, and then use sealant to attach them to the bathroom wall.

Step Five: Repeat the process (as seen in the video) with all the panels you have for your bathroom. 

What are the Benefits Over Tiling? 

A lot of the debate over tiling vs panels is down to personal preference, because there are some that like to have a traditional tile in their bathroom, and others that prefer the easy maintenance that comes with shower wall panels.

There are some benefits to using the wall panels over tiling though, and we have listed each of the reasons below for you to consider:

  • Shower wall panels have no grouting and so are 100% waterproof 
  • They tend to be cheaper as they are sold on a per square metre basis 
  • They are quicker and easier to install than tiles 
  • You can install them over existing wall and tiles, as well as wonky surfaces
  • The installation process itself is cheaper, even if you hire a professional to do it 
  • They need less maintenance and won’t discolour as time passes
  • You can panel your entire bathroom or just specific areas of it 
  • You can panel your floor and ceiling too 
  • Many shower wall panels come with designs that look like tiles for a wider range of choices 

Things to Watch Out for: A Watertight Seal Most of the Time 

No matter which material you choose for your shower wall panel, they are going to be waterproof, and that is one of the big factors that draws people in.

You just have to be careful and ensure that the areas where the panels join are fully sealed to prevent any water from seeping through – especially when it comes to the corners. A lot of the time you can use regular sealant or some sealing strips that will help keep everything nice and watertight.

If you are using trims and joints, make sure that they are from the manufacturer of the panels to ensure that they not only fit properly, but that they also work as intended. Every corner and joint needs to be done, and there is no such thing as over-sealing in order to protect your walls. 

Things to Watch Out for

Size and Format 

You need to make sure you are getting the right size and type for your bathroom. You will find that you can buy the shower walls in either a panel format of strips, each of which is equally easy to install, with the strips being better suited to small areas that are in need of panelling.

Generally speaking, the average width for the wall panel will be around 1000mm, although there are some brands that will offer you something thinner than 600mm, and others that even go up to 1300mm or more. It all depends on the brand you choose, as well as your own requirements.

Typically, the height ranges from 2000mm to 2400mm, as this is the standard height for most bathroom walls. It is possible to get taller panels custom made if needed. If you are just doing your shower, you shouldn’t need more than two (maybe three) panels and a joining trim.

If you are looking to do the whole bathroom, however, you’re going to need quite a few. You should also check the fittings, as some will have a tongue and groove design for complete security, and others will have slightly looser fittings that need some extra sealant. 

Further Reading: Guide for Descaling Shower

Styles and Finishes

There are actually a good number of styles available for wall panels, especially when you consider that it is a comparatively new market when looking at something like tiles.

If you go with cheaper models and brands, you will find yourself limited in terms of what you can get – usually, they will only be available in black or white, and you may find a marble effect in there as well. However, if you are willing to spend a little more, there is a lot of variety.

Metallic designs are quite fashionable within the shower wall panel market at the moment, as are bold and bright colours. As we mentioned earlier, you can even get some manufacturers to print a bespoke image on the panels for you to really personalise it.

For many, the extra expense is worth it to create their dream bathroom, and honestly, the results can be amazing. 

Tile Effect Bathroom Wall Panels 

These are really exciting because they take away from the flat design of the wall panels and add a new dimension to them; creating the illusion of real tiles on your wall.

It adds a whole new element of design to your bathroom, and while there are not a huge number of brands that manufacture them at the moment, the ones that do are fantastic and more companies are starting to take the effect on. So, if you want tiles but without the hassle, why not consider a tile effect panel instead? 

Can You Fix Accessories to Bathroom Wall Panels?

This is such a big question, and the reason it is not in the FAQ section later on is because it is probably one of the top things that customers ask manufacturers before they buy.

The short answer is that yes, you can definitely fix accessories to the panels without issue. They have been designed to take things like the shower valve and holder, so you won’t have any issues with that. 

However, if you are looking to attach heavier items (like a shower chair or grab rails), it is strongly advised that you install them onto a load bearing wall instead of the panel so that the weight can be fully supported without any risk.

So, there are some restrictions to the accessories you can fit, but the standard ones will be able to be installed without issue. 

Products for Your Consideration

We are committed to finding the best shower wall panels UK for you, and that is why we have gathered a few of our favourite products for you to look at. Our top five are listed below for you to browse through at your leisure. 

Best Price Shower Panel – The Cladding Store 

This particular shower wall panel might be made from PVC, but you also get the benefit of a gorgeous and realistic slate design that will leave you feeling wonderfully relaxed when you step into the shower.

The measurements are suited to pretty much every bathroom as well, coming in at 2.6m tall, 1m wide, and 10mm thick. The tongue and groove fittings also mean that you are guaranteed an incredibly well-sealed result that will give you peace of mind while you are washing.

Despite being incredibly lightweight, you will find that each of the panels you buy is strong and reliable, able to hold your smaller accessories with ease after installation.

There is even the option to buy the panels in white or chrome if that’s more to your taste, and you can get a stunning trim on each of those options. 

Best PVC Shower Wall – Victoria Plum

This particular shower wall is made from PVC, a strong but lightweight material that will really stand the test of time. Additionally, it has been designed with a tongue and groove fitting that will make the installation process easier, as well as provide you with a more watertight finish. 

The dimensions are excellent as well and suited to most bathrooms with a height of 2400mm, a width of 1000mm, and a depth of 10mm, making it a standard size for shower wall panels.

The overall design is also great, featuring a classic brick look that will really add a rustic touch to your bathroom as well as leaving a traditional finish.

It has the power to transform your showering experience in all the right ways, and the price is quite reasonable considering both the material and the added design. 

Best Material Shower Room Accessory – Frontline

We all need cabinets and accessories in our bathrooms, and this could be your top choice because it is made from MDF, which is considered to be the best material, due to its incredibly waterproof nature – both in terms of shower wall panels and accessories.

This particular cabinet has a gorgeous oak finish that will match even the most sophisticated aesthetics within your bathroom, and the fact that the doors are made from natural stone particles adds a little extra something to the whole thing.

Due to the MAF material used, the entire unit is resistant to water, and will also not mark easily in a humid environment. The interior storage has two incredibly spacious shelves that you can use for storing all of your toiletries and cleaning essentials.

The recessed handles add to the sleek appearance, and the soft closing doors mean that they are both quiet and less likely to be damaged. 

Best Acrylic Shower Wall - Soak

Acrylic is another great material to choose for your shower wall panels, and this model is certainly the best in our eyes, and the fact that it actually comes with a bathtub is a massive bonus.

This panel is actually a curved model that wraps around the bath to provide you with a really easy installation that will leave stunning results.

The tiled effect is incredibly realistic and brings a whole new design element to the bathroom, and the actual bath can also be used as a shower for more versatile cleaning options. You can even choose to drill the bath to the wall or leave it as a freestanding model; it all depends on your tastes.

It also comes with rubber seals for the wall, bath, and glass screen, providing you with all of the items you need to ensure it remains totally watertight. Reasonably priced considering it comes with a bath, it’s certainly one to consider. 

Best Tile Effect Shower Wall – Milano 

This is another one that has the bath included in the price, making it superb value for money while also incorporating everyone’s favourite style of shower wall panel.

The tiles effect comes in a slate grey, which means that it suits most aesthetics quite nicely and will leave you feeling truly relaxed when you are in the bath or taking a shower (since this model allows for both).

The bath actually widens at the top to give you plenty of room to wash each day without getting water everywhere. The acrylic walls are durable, and relatively lightweight – especially when compared with the MDF versions.

It is very easy to install, with plenty of room on the panels for you to install the taps and valves needed to get the water flowing, which means that you can customise the appearance of your new bathroom in any way you like. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to clean shower wall panels? 

What about watermarks in hard water areas? 

Can you put wet wall panels on top of tiles? 

What is the best adhesive for shower panels? 

Is there a waterproof paint for shower walls?

What is the best wall covering for a bathroom?

What are some of the main things I should consider? 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this has been an informative adventure through the world of shower wall panels. Teaching you all about the do’s, don’ts, and everything in the middle.

Plus, the products that we have specially chosen and listed here should hopefully be an excellent guide when looking at which panels to buy, and which are going to work with your home and design plans.

We only pick the ones we trust and love, so you have our guarantee that you are getting a reputable and excellent quality result. We can’t wait to hear about your dream bathrooms and the panels you have chosen.

What did you think of our guide to shower wall panels? Did it tick all the boxes or leave you wanting more? We love hearing from you, so please feel free to leave us a message with your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below. 

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Loft Conversion & Sloping Roof Shower Enclosures: Buying Guide & 5 Top Picks

Loft Conversion & Sloping Roof Shower Enclosures: Buying Guide & 5 Top Picks
Loft Conversion & Sloping Roof Shower Enclosures: Buying Guide & 5 Top Picks

Whether you have decided to convert your loft into a bathroom or the existing one has a sloping roof, it can be a challenge to accommodate the shower. You might even think that you can’t have one in a bathroom with a sloped roof, but we can tell you now that you absolutely can.

In order to give you clear advice and guidance, we have created this concise and informative guide that will be able to help you learn more about the best ways to convert your loft and make use of the sloping walls within your bathroom.

Additionally, we have a quick selection of products that we strongly recommend if you are looking for a shower enclosure to slide into your new bathroom.

All you need to do is read through the tips below, make notes, and you will be well on your way to discovering the best and most effective way to create your dream bathroom with limited space. 

Turn it Into a Wet Room 

Honestly, wet rooms are seriously underrated, and people should take advantage of the concept a lot more than they do. These walk-in showers make the room feel a lot larger and open, but also allow you to fit the toilet and sink in very comfortably so that you don’t feel cramped when you are in the room.

There is also the benefit of there being no walls, which means a sloping ceiling becomes a completely irrelevant issue. Personally, the spacious feel of a wet room has always made me feel more comfortable and relaxed when I am in the shower, and I am pretty sure you will feel the same way once you give it a try. 

Go High with the Shower 

When you are faced with a sloping wall, what you should do is have the shower installed in the tallest area. This means that you can go really high with the glass door and walls, and if you are in a really small bathroom, you can have one of the glass walls adjusted to fit the slope comfortably.

It creates a really beautiful effect and has such a modern feel. A sloped ceiling shower screen isn’t particularly hard to come by either. Additionally, going high doesn’t just maximise the headroom, it makes the whole place feel larger and brighter as a result.

You can also make the wall it has been installed against a feature one, adding a little something extra to the overall design and appearance. 

Make Use of all the Space 

Every part of your sloping bathroom can be used, and you shouldn’t assume that just because there is a slope you cannot utilise the area. You might not be able to stand up straight under the slope, but that doesn’t mean you can’t place the towel rack there, or even a floating vanity with storage underneath.

We get more into the storage ideas later on in this guide, but it’s important to remember that when you are dealing with a small space, everything counts towards making it better, bigger, and brighter in terms of how it feels when you step inside. 

Further Reading: DIY Old Shower Makeover

Open Up the Room 

If you have an exceedingly tiny bathroom with a sloping ceiling, you can try opening up the room in order to make it feel larger and airier. One of the best ways to do this is making the doorway much wider (think double what it is now) and potentially removing the door and replacing it with a sliding door.

This will make the whole room feel less like a tiny chamber, and more like a place of calm and relaxation. There is also the option to purchase shower enclosures for low ceilings, many of which have a reduced height. You should also consider painting it a soothing neutral colour to open it up more. 

Emphasise the Slope 

The slope is a defining feature of your bathroom, and we can tell you that there is no point trying to fight that fact. Instead of getting frustrated with your sloping ceiling, you should work with it instead; and you might find yourself surprised by how easily you can do that in a loft conversion with low headroom.

You can have things like the mirrors and cabinets made and cut to fit the slope, so everything locks perfectly into place to create a striking and memorable design that even your guests will be talking about when they come to visit. Use the slop to your advantage, and your bathroom will look absolutely spectacular. 

Tuck in the Loo

As long as there is space to stand without hitting your head, the toilet can go on the slope. It’s a really good way to make the most of the space provided, while also creating a stylish look.

If you are worried about where the cistern will go, you can even create a false wall behind it that doubles up as storage or a shelf for you to store cleaning products or toiletries. You can even fit the sink under the slope if you have a bathroom that is long enough. 

Add a Little Personality 

Your sloped ceiling adds a heap of character to the room, and if you take the time to bring a little personality to the formula, you will be left with the bathroom of your dreams.

Take the time to actually highlight it as a feature of your bathroom but doing things like painting a separate colour, or tiling all of the bathroom aside from the slope to draw more attention to it. There are loads of stylish and tasteful ways to achieve this gorgeous look. 

Make it Comfortable and Cosy

Sometimes you won’t be able to help the fact that the bathroom is quite a tight space, and a sloped ceiling doesn’t always help this. However, you should definitely own the situation and work with what you have.

Paint the walls a dark colour with light tiles to create a feeling that is surprisingly warm and comfortable, leaving you with a more intimate and cosy atmosphere when you decide to hop in the shower, or even slide into the bath for a relaxing evening after a long day. 

Pop in Extra Storage 

Storage is so important, something we touched on earlier, and a sloped ceiling means that you get so many opportunities to create more of it.

You can line the slope with cabinets, allowing for countertop storage as well as cupboards, or you can even get really fancy and carve shelving into the actual slope for something a little different.

Floating units can have storage underneath them, and heated towel racks with shelves at the top provide you with a great place to keep your folded towels. 

Our Top Picks

To help you further with your conversion plans, we have gathered five of our top picks for shower enclosures and bases. We hope that they will give you some great ideas for what you want to do with your new bathroom. Take a look below and see if they get your creative juices flowing. 

Corner Shower Enclosure – Elegant 

This corner shower enclosure comes in a whole variety of sizes, which means that you can pick the one that fits your bathroom best.

Due to its design, the doors actually open on the corner, which means it can be slipped into tight spaces with ease while also allowing you free entry and exit from the enclosure.

The height comes in at 1850mm, which means that it fits most rooms and is also a little shorter than standard models – making it a good choice for bathrooms with lower ceilings.

The glass that makes the doors and walls is 6mm thick and designed so that if it falls, it won’t shatter, making it safe in every situation.

The sliding doors add an elegant feel to this particular enclosure, and the rollers are smooth and silent in their action. Plus, it comes at a pretty good price. 

Wet Room Shower Base – Kudos

The flooring is just as important as the enclosure itself, because there is nothing worse than a floor that has become completely saturated with water.

This particular base has been designed for a wet room, and it consists of two main parts to keep things nice and dry. The flooring base is made from UPVC for strength, durability, and a really waterproof seal that will keep all the moisture out. 

The tray that comes with it has been galvanised so that it has extra support for when you are standing on it, making it a pretty handy accessory to have when you are washing.

It is even installed directly into the shower base, with a watertight seal that isn’t even visible once finished – allowing you to maintain your gorgeous aesthetic while also having a waterproof and functional bathroom to enjoy. 

Also Read: New Shower Room Cost in UK

Recessed Wet Room Shower Enclosure – Milano

This particular wet room enclosure offers space and luxury with a minimalist design that will truly enhance your daily showering experience.

The glass panel provided has been designed to catch any water that tries to splash out, minimising what escapes, and keeping things as contained as possible.

Due to the fact it only includes one panel, it can be installed pretty much anywhere, which is great for bathrooms with sloping ceilings or tight spaces.

The floor to ceiling pole acts as a strong and reliable support for the screen, and the glass itself is 8mm thick and so will not shatter if dropped.

The chrome profile adds a really modern touch to the design, which means it will fit in nicely with most bathrooms. It even comes with a drain, and you can choose from a really nice selection before you buy. 

Straight Bath and Screen with Round Design – Soak

This is a fantastic deal because it comes with both a bath and a glass screen so that you can save money while also picking up a great quality set of bathroom goods.

It also has the space and capabilities to allow you to shower or bathe at your leisure, making it a more versatile option. Plus, the dimensions are really good for most bathrooms, so it slides into most bathrooms comfortably.

The screen is made from tempered glass that has a 4mm thickness and is safety approved, meaning that it is shatterproof and reliable – making it a sturdy addition to your home.

There are also no pre-drilled holes in the actual bath, so you have the choice to mount the taps and valve on the wall if you prefer it that way. It’s a flexible and reasonably priced option to go for no matter your budget. 

Walk-in Shower Enclosure Pack – Victoria Plum

This particular shower enclosure pack comes with everything you need to get started, providing you with an easy and hassle-free experience.

It even has left or right-hand fitting to make things more convenient for you, and the frameless design gives it a contemporary look that will match the aesthetics of almost any bathroom effortlessly, and the shower tray is included in the price.

You also get a stunning showerhead with easy to clean nozzles to make life easier for you, as well as a thermostat that prevents scalding due to its temperature controls.

The glass is 8mm thick and designed for safety, making it quite a robust model to choose. It measures in at 1950mm tall, 1400 wide, and has a 900mm depth. There is also the option for a slightly larger enclosure as well. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has taught you more about the ways you can utilise the space within your room with sloping walls, showing you new methods for creating a beautiful bathroom that you will love every time you step into it.

From quick tips to actual products, we have a little bit of everything to pique your interest and get your mind working on ideas.

What did you think of our sloping roof shower enclosure guide? Did it tick all the right boxes for you, or are there things you would have added to make things better? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us a message in the comments below.

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10 Best Shower Enclosures – Inspiring UK Ideas and Buying Guide

10 Best Shower Enclosures – Inspiring UK Ideas and Buying Guide
10 Best Shower Enclosures – Inspiring UK Ideas and Buying Guide

Choosing the right shower head is one thing, but the enclosure is a whole new kettle of fish. There are so many to look at, and a number of factors that you need to take into consideration before you go ahead and buy one. In many ways, it is the most important bathroom-related decision.

When you, or a guest, first steps into the bathroom the shower enclosure will be one of the first things they see, and you want them to be impressed – you should feel pleased with the way your bathroom looks.

A good shower enclosure will bring all the aesthetics you need, as long as you pick the one that is both the right size and design for the room in question. It can feel a little overwhelming when you first start to search though.

This is why we are here – to help you learn more about shower enclosures, as well as which one is going to be right for you. In order to help you find the best shower enclosures in UK, we have put this guide together, compiling all of the relevant shower enclosure reviews in one place so that you can find the one that will bring your bathroom to life.  

Shower Enclosure by Size 

Before you do anything, you need to measure up your bathroom to see what size shower enclosure you are going to need. There is a whole load of different sizes out there, as well as shapes, so you are definitely going to find one that suits your bathroom perfectly.

While there is an abundance of different sizes out there, here are some of the most common ones so that you get a rough idea:

  • 700x700mm
  • 760x760mm