29 Sep 2014
With all the competitively priced shower options available these days it’s very easy to enjoy all the perks of a spa in your own home. If you love saunas and the space in your home allows it, you can always have one installed at home. However, more affordable option is a steam shower. They are simpler in design than a sauna as they are actually shower enclosures fitted with a steam generator. They are so popular due to their health benefits among which we can list a few: they improve circulation through vasodilatation from exposure to steam and heat, they clean your skin, eliminate blemishes and soften the skin by opening your pores, they relax your muscles and reduce tension, which leads to relaxation, and they improve sleep if used before going to bed. So why wouldn’t anyone want a steam shower in their home? What you need to know about the technical part of installing one is that even if it’s similar to a regular shower enclosure, steam showers are more pretentious regarding the materials used. Steam acts more invasively than water, so it’s not that simple as to only add a steam generator and you’re done. They require completely different systems from ceilings to drain, as well as certain types of tiles. We are more interested in the last part, so in this article we’ll give you some examples of tiles that should be chosen for a steam shower. Due to their size, small tiles work well in such an environment because it’s easier when exposed to expansion and contraction.
Also, if you build a bench in your shower, you may want to use solid or composite stone, because they offer a more comfortable option for laying down or sitting. Floors should be covered with non-slippery tiles, and large porcelain tiles with good slip resistance are a wise decision. You can also go with small glass tiles, but be careful not to choose those with a mesh. Mesh backers are not good for submerged uses and they can fail pretty quickly. Ceilings must be a priority, for they need adjustments as well. In order to prevent water from dripping on the users, they should be slightly curved so that water can slide easily. But if you do go for normal ceilings, you should keep a squeegee around your steam shower to help the water drain.