All About Shower Heads

by Carmen Corbin on November 30, 2011

Unless you’re a morning person, most of us start our day by rolling out of bed (after hitting the snooze multiple times), stumbling mindlessly into the shower, and standing there with our eyes closed, waiting for the hot water to wake us up.  Miraculously, a few minutes later we’re refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to face the day.  Loaded with more wake-up power than a strong cup of espresso, it’s the unsung hero of the bathroom – the shower head.

Types of Shower Heads

If you’re looking to upgrade your basic shower head fixture, then maybe this simple guide will help.  It used to be that you only had three or four choices when it came to shower heads.  Now, you can find them big and small, round and square, and simple and elegant.

Rain Shower: This design has been around for a few years now, and continues to grow in popularity.  Due to its larger circumference, standing under it really does feel like you’re in the rain.  In addition to the round designs, you can find bell shapes, octagons, squares and even multi-head models.  Some homeowners decide to have them installed straight overhead in the ceiling for a true rain shower effect.

Handheld: This type is usually attached to a mounted wall bar, and is also easy for kids to use.  Seniors or those with physical challenges often prefer this type of shower head, as it can be easily used while sitting on a shower bench.  A handheld model also becomes a handy cleaning tool when it comes time to tidy up the shower or tub.

Multi-Spray/Massaging: From a fine mist to a pulsating massage, the settings can be adjusted to the level of water pressure you prefer.  Before you buy, make sure the shower head is smooth and easy to operate.

Full Body Shower Panels: For the ultimate shower experience, these wall mounted, multiple jet panels can be adjusted and repositioned to your liking.  Not exactly a water saver, but if you’re looking for a splurge item for a bathroom remodel, this is it.

Once you’ve purchased a new shower head, you may decide to move on to other home improvements in your bathroom.  If your shower tile or bathtub could use a color change or a spruce up, a bathtub refinishing company can refinish it to look like new.  Most do fiberglass tub repair also.

For more ideas on bathroom remodeling, tub refinishing or shower heads, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.

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