Understanding Shower Valves


Shower valves play an important role in any shower design. The majority of homeowners choose mixer units, adding convenience to their showering experience. With a choice of designs available, shower valves can add functionality, practicality and convenience to your shower.

To find the best one for your shower you need to understand the shower valves and what they have to offer to help you make an informed decision on which will blend in best with your bathroom design and which will offer you the easiest use.

Thermostatic Shower Valve

Thermostatic shower valves are concealed units, they are very stylish and all you see is two chrome dials. One controls the water flow while the other controls the temperature. These are the perfect choice for the modern bathroom design.

These shower valves also come in a three dial option where you can manage more than one shower head, you can use the other dial to manage your shower jets or second shower head depending on your shower design.

Exposed Thermostat Shower Valves

Exposed thermostat shower valves are a very popular choice and is a bar with a dial on either end, one dial is for water flow and the other is for temperature selection. They are finished in polished chrome and cylindrical in shape, working beautifully with any bathroom design. Another design choice is a cubed bar for those who have chosen the straight edged modern bathroom fixtures and fittings.

Dual Exposed Thermostatic Shower Valves

Dual exposed thermostatic shower valves are traditionally designed shower valves finished in polished chrome that will blend in with any bathroom design. These shower valves come with two easy to use levers, the levers replace the dials in the other designs, so you have one for water flow and one for temperature.

Your Choice

With a good range of shower valves to choose from I would suggest you take your other fittings and fixtures into consideration before making a decision. Keep the design flowing so if you have chosen plenty of straight edges, choose cubed shower valves that will blend in with ease.

Also note which shower you intend placing the shower valves, is it a family bathroom where children will be using the shower or is it your en-suite? Choose the shower valves that will best suit your requirements, bathroom design and preference.

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