April isn’t the only time for showers

| by Joe Holliday
April isn’t the only time for showers

At the end of a long day, there are very few things more relaxing than a long, luxurious shower. A remedy for so many things, showers may be a man and woman's best friend -- after dogs and diamonds.

If you're planning a bath remodel or building a bathroom from the ground up, consider these hot trends.

Opt for Roman: Ideal for all ages, the Roman shower is designed without a rim to step over. This is perfect for homes with someone using a walker or wheelchair. The shower has a gradual slope that draws the water down the drain, not into the rest of the bathroom.

Bring the Spa Experience Home: More and more homeowners are splurging on steam showers, a moisture-sealed shower enclosure equipped to deliver steam prior to, during and post shower. The complete experience can include mood lighting, a pump for aromatherapy oils and a stereo MP3 dock.

All Tiled Up: Recycled glass tiles offer a splash of color and unique feel to a tub surround while being environmentally friendly. And according to HGTV, copper, stainless and hardwood-type tiles also represent some of the hottest tile options today.

There's Room for More Than One: Today's modern showerheads are changing the look (and feel) of showers. No longer is a single showerhead a homeowner's only option. Instead, homeowners are opting for multiple showerheads that offer different water patterns to help personalize every shower experience.

Fueling Your Shower As important to your shower experience is the hot-water heater fueling it. Talk with your plumber or contractor to determine which type of water heater, such as a tankless water heater, is best for you and your family.

Topics: Plumbing & Fixtures, Water Heaters, WaterSense

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