April 10

When I say that the materials needed for a steam shower, and any bathroom in general, need to be waterproof, I’m not exactly telling you something you don’t already know. But, when you’re in the middle of choosing the right steam shower for your existing bathroom space … or you’re choosing finishes for your bathroom renovation … waterproofing might not be top of mind.

So, let’s take a quick look at what you’ll need to make sure that you can enjoy your steam shower for decades to come.

Although bathroom walls are usually layered with a vapor barrier and waterproof membrane, covering that layer with natural stone or some other kind of tile material gives you that added layer of waterproofing.

Beyond the waterproofing, the type of material used to finish the steam shower and bathroom walls may affect the size of steam generator you have to buy. Because natural stone is more porous than man-made tile, the heat that your steam generator is producing will seep out of the shower cabin and you’ll end up feeling cooler for it.

Yes, you can have your dream steam shower fully decked out with your dream finishes. You just have to make sure those materials are factored in when choosing a steam shower unit.

Give us a call if you want to know how the materials in your home bathroom might work with a new steam shower.

April 6

 

Spring is not only the perfect time of year to clear out the cobwebs around your home. It’s the perfect time of year to refresh and rejuvenate your body.

Himalayan Salt Therapy

This year, spa trend experts are seeing more people asking about Himalayan salt therapy, cryotherapy (localized freezing to deaden an irritated nerve and manage pain), and Ayurveda. You can probably find a local spa that offers some or all of these techniques. Another option is to hire a spa professional to come to your home to administer these therapies. The beauty of that is once the therapist has left, you can round off your treatment with a luxurious soak in your own steam shower.

Turkish hammam

As for home and community spas, the emphasis is going to continue to be on natural decor. Incorporate greenery, water, and sunlight.

Finally, mindfulness, contemplation, and completely unplugging are going to become even stronger trends than they are now. The more stressful our lives get, the more we will seek out peaceful and relaxing spaces.

What spa trends do you love?

Photo: Ariel 802L

One of the most common questions we receive here at Steam Showers Inc is how to determine whether or not a steam shower will fit into an existing bathroom space. I get it. Most of us don’t have bathrooms that are the size of bedrooms. In fact, most of us can probably relate to the old description of a bathroom as a “water closet”. It can be tricky, too, if you want to keep your existing bathtub and just add a separate steam shower.

Well, there’s good news. Steam showers come in a large variety of shapes, sizes, and amenities.

Sizing the bathroom properly, and figuring out if extending the plumbing is feasible and cost effective, is key. But, don’t just pull out your tape measure and start recording numbers. There’s a particular way to do it that will give you the right results. Not measuring properly can cause to very large problems. One, you might end up buying a steam shower unit that is too large or small for your space. Two, the steam shower unit may be too large or small for the steam generator.

When determining the right size, you’ll need to consider what the exterior walls of the shower cabin are made of. Materials like natural stone, acrylic, and wood all react differently with steam. Some will act like a heat sponge. Instead of allowing that radiant heat to settle over you, the walls will soak it up leaving just a cool mist inside the shower cabin.

Consider whether the ceiling in your bathroom allows for a sloped shower cabin roof. Ceiling heights of about 8 feet are ideal for steam shower installation and function. Anything higher or shorter will require special considerations.

In terms of the size of the shower cabin, the minimum recommended size is about 3 feet by 3 feet by 7 feet.

If you’re not sure how a steam shower unit might fit into your bathroom, give us a call. We can chat about your specific situation and help you find a solution.