If you've been considering a bathroom remodel, you should take the opportunity to upgrade your shower. A steam shower is a great addition to any bathroom. These units are oversized showers with tight seals around the doors to hold the steam inside the enclosure. In order to build a successful steam shower enclosure, you can tackle the job on your own, but if you're not confident in your construction and plumbing skills, you may want to talk with your plumbing contractor about some professional support and find out if they offer a free plumbing checkup. Here's a look at some of the key components you'll need to add to your current shower enclosure to create a steam shower.
Steam showers have to be waterproof, but your plumber can show you several different options that will work with the design that you want to create. Some steam showers include a layer of plastic sheeting over the studs and the ceiling. Over that plastic, a layer of concrete board and a waterproof coating will be applied. Then, your tile or finish material of choice can be applied to the waterproof barrier.
Some steam showers are also finished with sheet metal. These showers don't need the extra barriers over the concrete board. Instead, the metal is welded to create a seamless unit. Then, you can seal around it with a silicone caulk material to keep the water away from the edges.
Isolated Electrical Supply
It's important that your steam shower have a dedicated power circuit with a circuit breaker of its own. That way, if something malfunctions, the breaker will shut down power to the steam shower but none of the other electrical circuits in the house. You can do this by installing a second electrical circuit and wiring that space directly from a second breaker box.
Steam Generator Unit
To produce the amount of steam required for a steam shower to be effective, you need to install a steam generator. In most cases, you can have it placed as part of the structure along the lower edge of the structure. If you don't want the generator that close, you can place it some distance away. In fact, you can even install it out of sight in a cabinet or a bathroom closet.
Look for a space where you can place the generator so that it can be plumbed directly into the water supply that feeds the shower. Most generators will need to have a drain line to allow any residual condensation to drain away. If you place the generator against the enclosure, you can mount it to the wall studs. Then, you can put some finishing materials around the part of the generator that still shows in the bathroom, since some of it may extend into your shower enclosure.
You'll need to choose the finishing material that works best for your shower. Sometimes, tile or stone is the best fit for your shower. In other cases, you may want to use a traditional fiberglass enclosure. In either situation, you'll want to make sure that the finished surface is sealed so that it is waterproof.
The last thing you need is to have moisture seep behind the finished surface where it can lead to mold and mildew growth. Talk to your plumber about the potential for natural stone tile and other textural elements if you want to build a spa-like environment where you can escape from the demands of daily life.
A steam shower is a soothing treat in any bathroom, and installing one allows you the freedom of having the environment without the necessary spa or health club membership. Not only is the steam environment relaxing, but it can even open up your pores and help you keep your skin clear. With the information presented here and the support of a plumber, you can install the steam shower enclosure you've always wanted.Share