100 years ago, the idea of a shower was unthinkable. Back then, a bathtub was royalty, let alone a hot bath. Fast forward to 2018 and the options are endless. Gone are the days when a hot-tub was the highest degree of household sophistication attainable, nowadays, there is a dime a dozen ways to renovate your bathroom and incorporate lavish 21st-century design in the backdrop of traditional architecture. Saunas, showers, hot-tubs and, until very recently, steam showers, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Yes, steam showers! A fuzzy concept, but honestly worth every cent, because the value of your home will hit the roof. Here are four things any home bathroom remodeling contractor will consider when constructing your steam room, so take out your notepad, class is in session!
Ceiling Height, Sloping, and Proofing
As your home contractor will tell you repeatedly, the size of your steam room is a decisive factor. Not only does capacity determine the size of the steam generator be used, but it also defines the future cost of maintenance, as well as the value of the relevant utilities. The recommended height is 8 feet, but you come across commercial designs that are more expansive. Closely related to ceiling height is the slope of the shower ceiling. Sloping is a construction technique that has been proven to prevent condensed steam -water- from dripping off the ceiling roof. Slant the ceiling at least a foot from the sitting area. As for proofing, ensuring that every drop of steam is put to use is vital for the ultimate experience. And as far as proofing is concerned, doors should be watertight, the windows double paneled and the seals airtight.
The material you use for the walls shouldn’t be chosen for its aesthetic appeal. Instead, heat retention should be the final arbiter. Porous materials like concrete, granite, and marble should be avoided in preference to porcelain and ceramic, whose low porosity means that you don’t have to buy a high capacity steam generator for maximum effect.
Steam showers are ideal for all kinds of climate. But for homes located in regions where temperatures go way below freezing during the winter months, insulation will in all inevitability influence the construction process. The location of your steam generator must be within at least 50 feet from the steam shower, and more importantly, in a place where the water isn’t likely to freeze.
The Health Benefits of Steam Showers
Ask any dermatologist if a steam shower is of any health benefit and they’ll tell you that steam is an excellent skin cleanser. Besides flushing out toxins, a steam shower will revitalize skin pores by getting rid of fat and dead skin cells better than the best herbal soap on the market today. But the most telling feature of steam therapy is how it’s almost as good as working out. As the research suggests, exposure to steam for as little 30 minutes is enough to increase your heart rate, enhance circulatory activity and, consequently, burn fat in muscle tissue.
Last but not least, don’t forget to buy rubber anti-skid strips to prevent slips and falls. Enjoyment should never be compromised for lack of a $5 accessory.