One of the things that make many of our lovely Bolton clients the happiest is the joy of getting rid of a mouldy out-of-date bathroom and having it replaced with a lovely shiny sparkling new one. Not only can a fantastic bathroom increase the value of your home, but it can also make living in it surprisingly nicer! However there a few decisions that when designing and kitting out your new bathroom are of paramount importance – and choosing which type of shower to install is one of them. Many people start every day with a shower and having the right one can mean a refreshing and reinvigorating start to that day, but the wrong shower can result in nothing more than a lacklustre and frustratingly disappointing experience.
There are four main categories of showers and choosing the right one for you depends on many factors including your water pressure, plumbing system, boiler type as well as personal preference. Read on for our guide to finding the right shower for you.
Electric showers heat the water as you go and so only require a cold water supply to function. They tend to use less energy as they only heat the amount of water that you need however most electric showers do have a slower flow rate than many other types, although some models are available with a separate pump which can increase the flow rate. These showers also need to be installed by a specialist electrician as they require a dedicated electrical circuit.
Power showers draw from both the hot and cold water supplies and have a built in pump to boost the flow rate. They can be great if your house has low water pressure, however in general they use more water than other types of shower and so can affect your water bills.
Mixer showers also draw from both the hot and cold water supplies and so require a combi boiler or immersion heater to provide a ready supply of hot water. They also provide a stronger water flow rate than electric showers, but not as strong as a power shower unless you install a separate pump, which can be costly.
These are the latest advance in shower technology. They work with both electric and mixer showers and the water is thermostatically controlled in a processor box. This ensures that the temperature doesn’t spike when someone else in the house turns a tap on. The processor box can be installed away from the actual shower unit itself which can ease installation and keep the look of the shower smooth and clean. Also some digital showers are able to have the control unit installed up to 10m away from the shower itself, meaning that you can switch it on and get the water up to temperature before stepping in.
For more information about finding the right shower for you and achieving the bathroom of your dreams contact Wisecraft Ltd today.
Here in sunny (well, sometimes sunny!) Bolton we have more and more customers who are interested in installing bifolding (bifold) doors into their homes. This type of door is seriously on trend right now, but what exactly are they and what do you need to know when considering installing them?
What are the benefits of bifold doors?
Bifold doors consist of a number of glazed panels that concertina style fold to open up a very large space. They are a very popular way to connect both your indoor and outside space and also can bring a lot of light into a room and can even make spaces seem larger as there is such a good view to outside. As most bifold doors offer no, or very little, step between the inside and the outside they can also be considered safer as they pose less of a trip hazard.
Also, with the increase in bifold doors installation, manufacturers have been able to build in larger quantities and the price has come down compared to a few years ago. Along with this more advanced manufacturing techniques have meant that most bifold doors are more sturdy, durable, lightweight and draught proof.
Which materials are used?
Bifold doors can be made from a variety of materials, often chosen to suit the style of your property and/or your budget. The most common materials for bifold doors are timber, aluminium or a combination of both. Fully timber frames tend to be heavier, whereas aluminium forms a lighter frame. In some cases combination frames with aluminium support and timber facing can be a good option if you want the look of wood without as much of the weight. Also depending on budget you can opt for either standard double glazing or splash out on extra insulated triple glazing with UV filters and a number of other options.
Points to consider
There are a number of options worth considering when commissioning bifold doors. These include thinking about the number of glazed panels that you are going to choose and the thickness of the frames. Obviously the thicker the frame the more it will obstruct the view, however thicker frames will also result in a sturdier door. Also the number of glazed panes that you choose will affect the view, but also bear in mind that an odd number of panes will mean that when you simply want to open one pane to nip into the garden then it will be more like just opening one door, whereas an even number of panes will require you to start fully opening the entire unit to get out.
For more information about including bifold doors in your building project, contact Wisecraft Ltd today for a free, no obligation chat.