Taking a shower? Sure, it’s something most of us do to start the day. But what if the shower experience could be improved?
A really cool new trend in bathroom design is the ceiling mounted shower system. As opposed to traditional shower heads which just out of the wall and spray water diagonally, ceiling mounted fixtures hand directly over your, simulating the sensation of standing in a warm, relaxing rain. These rainfall-esque faucets can give you a truly spa-like experience — but at home. Around the same price as a traditional wall-mounted shower system, a ceiling mounted shower head comes with some amazing benefits.
That said, if you’re looking to change the way you shower, and give your bathroom a little spruce in the process, there are a few things you will need to consider before you commit.
Types of Shower Heads
There are several types of ceiling shower heads to pick from, including single spray, multi-function, rainfall shower, dual head, and low water pressure. Here’s a breakdown of each:
- Single spray shower heads are an extremely common showerhead as it tends to be extra affordable. You get great pressure with a good amount of coverage.
- Multi-function shower heads offer you a variety of shower heads in one. You can get the handheld shower along with the rain shower. Plus you can also choose between massage, rain, mist, and other options.
- Rainfall shower heads offer true luxury in the shower. They are mounted on the ceiling and come with several jets that spray a good amount of water, covering every inch of your body.
- Dual shower heads can be really fun, giving you two shower heads all at once. One to shower you from above along with a handheld showerhead you can remove from the wall and use to get to the less-accessible parts, or even help wash a dog (or an unruly kid).
- Low water pressure shower heads are best if your home works on or requires low water pressure. Low-pressure heads can also decrease water consumption by as much as 40% — saving you money in the process.
Ceiling mounted shower heads can help you save water. A lot of newer models are high-efficiency by releasing less than two and a half gallons of water per minute versus older molders that spray more than five and a half per minute. Even better, check that your new shower head has the WaterSense label. These shower heads are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use only two gallons per minute. With a ceiling mounted shower head, you could save nearly 3,000 gallons of water each year.
Unlike traditional shower head models, ceiling mounted shower heads often come with some really great features, from a water-saving trickle to a pulsating massage and more.
Ceiling mounted shower heads are a beautiful and sophisticated design. They can transform any bathroom from drab to elegant. If you’re planning on selling your home, a ceiling mounted shower head can give your bathroom an attractive, modern feel (and maybe help prospective buyers make up their minds).
Unlike a shower head that sits on the wall, a ceiling shower head comes with better coverage. You won’t need to twist or turn to get every side of your body. And, should you be sharing the shower, you or your partner won’t have to worry about one person blocking all the water.
Things to Consider
There are a lot of things to think about and consider when purchasing and installing a ceiling shower head. Some existing showers may not be conducive to the differences that come with this rainfall type of shower. Before moving forward with your bathroom change, consider these things:
Is there enough room?
Some tubs and shower stalls aren’t large enough to handle the rainfall type of stream that comes from a ceiling shower. It doesn’t mean a larger amount of water coming out, just that a larger area will be getting wet.
Is a wall or ceiling mounted shower head the right choice?
Not all ceiling shower heads are ceiling mounted. You can actually purchase rainfall shower heads that come with an adjustable arm to stretch out over your head. This can be a better option than a ceiling mounted shower head if you aren’t wanting to change the plumbing in your entire bathroom.
What’s the best shape and size?
Overhead shower heads come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can pick from round or square, which can be something you have to consider with your existing plumbing and bathroom decor. If you have a more modern or contemporary bathroom, a square head may be the better option. As for sizing, most overhead shower heads can run from 6 to 12 inches in diameter. The larger the head, the larger the area that gets wet. Although most of us may immediately want to jump to the larger shower head, you should note whether your plumbing requires or runs on lower water pressure. Lower water pressure may mean a smaller shower head so there are fewer nozzles.
Which function do you want?
There are so many great varieties of shower heads, some come with only one option for pressure, whereas others come with adjustments. Consider what kind of spray you want: soft and gentle, or firm and invigorating? Both? A multi-function shower head can be the best option if several people are using this bathroom.
Once you’ve installed your new ceiling shower head, consider investing in a home warranty to help maintain it. An effective home warranty will cover the costs of maintenance and repairs that stem from natural wear and tear to your plumbing and fixtures. Contact Home Service Club to learn more, and get ready to make it rain!