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.