Sometimes we all need a bit of a refresh, and a Shower Remodel can be just the ticket! Whether you’re tired of the look of your shower, or you’re looking for a fresh start, a remodel is just what you need. There are plenty of companies in the Seattle area that will gladly remodel your shower, including: Shower Specialists, Rainy Day Plumbing, Elegant Shower, Seattle Plumbers and more. If you’re considering a new shower, here are some ideas to get you started:
A common choice for a shower remodel is a waterproofing membrane. The best ones are made with an expanded polystyrene (erected like a scotch tape) that’s between two sheets of vinyl mastic. Water goes in one sheet, and water comes out the other. These shower tiles are quite durable and very easy to clean. And since they don’t compact over time like mortar joints, the waterproofing membrane won’t leak like mortar joints do.
If you’d prefer a more traditional look, there are also showers remodel products available that use masonry grout, and a waterproofing membrane. These look just like regular ceramic tile, but instead of being set into the grout by adhesive, you just push them in. Because these shower tiles are set in rather than mastered, they can also be interchanged easily, so you can mix and match different colors. And since they use a thin grout, they’re not as heavy as the masticated ones, and so they’re easier to work with and install. Unfortunately, these also have one major drawback: They’re not very flexible, so you may find that the shower dries out quickly when you add water without getting air between the tiles.
For an easier, flexible, more flexible option, you may want to consider looking at DIY tile shower remodeling projects. There are many companies that make complete systems for your entire home that include everything from the floor to the ceiling to your shower walls. These systems are designed to flex and bend when hot water pressures are felt in them, and they allow for expansion of the tiles in response to fluctuating temperatures. Plus, they come in various color schemes, sizes, and designs, so you can easily coordinate them to your current home decor.
A DIY shower remodel is also possible if you want to replace the shower valves. You can pretty much replace any valve with a new one, depending on your budget and the size of the old one. One popular option is to replace the bathtub and shower heads with more energy-efficient models. Also available are universal valves that fit on most faucets, including those found in toilets and tubs.
If you don’t want to hire a professional, installing a hand shower yourself is possible. There are many DIY websites and books devoted to the do-it-yourself project of building a hand shower. If you’re not comfortable with taking apart a bathroom or a shower stall, you might want to enlist the help of a plumber to install the hand shower yourself. Many plumbers will come to your house with complete instructions on how to get it installed correctly, and you don’t have to worry about hiring a contractor or other professionals to get the job done right.