Shower Panels are the most unique plumbing and showering fixtures on the market. These wall-mounted fixtures simply replace the standard shower, but offer far more features than a simple showerhead.
Much of the appeal of Shower Panels is the fact they're contained in a single unit. And in this sense, Shower Panels are VERY different than, say, a custom shower system. They fit in a typical shower space nicely, thanks to their vertical and rectangle design. And in many cases, you can replace an existing shower head with a Shower Panel with few alterations and very little added plumbing. They're ideal for the homeowner who wants an upgrade and add a touch of comfort to a rental.
Not a homeowner? No problem. Many Shower Panels require just a limited amount of plumbing alteration from a standard shower system.
Because Shower Panels are still somewhat of a luxury item for most households, not every plumbing manufacturer has gotten into the game. The few manufacturers that do make them include: Grohe, Hudson Reed.
Much of the attraction of Shower Panels lies in the fact that there are so many features. It's not just a showerhead with a handle and (maybe) a handshower. In short, Shower Panels combine leading edge technology and sophisticated design with personal comfort and luxury for a showering experience you won't soon forget.
* Handle options - One, two or three handles
* Multiple bodysprays - Choose from fixtures with two, four, five, six or eight bodysprays
* Showerhead - Usually higher-end to give the user a relaxing and luxurious spray
* Handshower - Includes a lengthy hose thatís often stainless steel
* Built-in shelves are available on some fixtures, but not all
* Tub fillers are also offered on select models
If you're looking for a company that sets the bar for upscale shower experiences, consider Grohe. The German-based plumbing manufacturer even offers fixtures with a halogen light. Grohe tops the charts when it comes to Shower Panels.
Shower Panels are also offered in a modest amount of finish options. The most popular finish choices are chrome, nickel tones and silver tones. Other available finishes include black, brass tones, grey and, of course, white.
Water pressure is also something to consider. Since Shower Panel includes multiple water outlets, you'll need adequate water pressure. Manufacturers recommend at least 50 pounds per square inch (psi) for a system with three or more outlets. If your water pressure is lower than 45 psi, you'll need to install a water booster pump.
Other plumbing considerations include your supply lines to your shower as well as drains. Standard 1/2-inch supply lines will restrict your water volume, so installing 3/4-inch lines would be ideal. In addition, make sure your drains can handle the increase in water. Multiple water outlets can flow several gallons of water a minute each. So to make sure your shower won't turn into a pool, you'll need to install at least two two-inch drains or one three-inch drain.
Finally, most Shower Panels arrive ready for installation, completely pre-plumbed and equipped with fittings.