Fixing the shower for your bathroom may look easy but in real sense, it is not as easy as you may think. You need to make some critical observations before you acquire any shower head for your bathroom. It is advisable to look for a shower arm that fits your bathroom. The most suitable shower for your bathroom will be determined by the amount of space available in your bathroom, or the final effect you intend to achieve; whether the gentle rain effect or the power shower effect. Your ideal shower arm series should also lower the shower head appropriately in relation to the water outlet. A variety of shower arm series are available at your discretion.
Fixed shower arms
These are your standard, low-key style shower heads that are normally fixed on your bathroom wall with no provisions for adjustments of the shower head. Some of the different types of fixed shower arms include the “S” style shower arm, the right angle shower arm and the ceiling mounted straight shower arm. The fixed shower arm series is ideally convenient for the elderly as well as people with disabilities as no operation is involved.
Adjustable shower arms
This kind of shower arm series enables you to install a wide variety of shower heads at various angles. Shower arms that are adjustable are usually more expensive than fixed ones. Some may leak due to the adjustable parts, but if you find one that is of good quality, leaking would be the least of your worries. If you are unsure about sizing and are using a shower diverter to transform your bath with an overhead shower, then you might consider going for an adjustable shower arm for the perfect fit. Adjustable shower arms are ideal for large shower areas where the shower spray can reach longer distances than your average shower area.
Shower arm extensions
An extension for your shower arm enables you to raise, lower or modify the shower head angle without needing to replace the entire shower arm. If the shower arm is not easily accessible, the extension then becomes more practical as it allows for the placement of a larger shower head without necessarily having to replace the entire shower. Complete flexibility of the shower may be achieved by using a hose. Hoses are available in a variety of colors with metallic finishes of oil rubbed bronze, chrome or brushed nickel.
Points to note
When looking for a shower arm, ensure you get the dimensions right as it would be a great inconvenience to fix a shower arm that doesn’t fit into the water outlet. It is also worth noting that some shower arms have a Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards (WELS) rating, which simply means they are built to ensure efficient use of water. This would go a long way in helping you lower your bills. Installing a shower does not require specialized knowledge in plumbing apart from turning off the water circuit. You should start by installing the shower arm series from the wall, followed by the extension and then finally the shower head. This way, it is easy to trace any leaks and tighten the connections.