Modern, elegant, practical... A walk-in shower looks like the ideal solution for your bathroom. No threshold you need to cross or a border that can hurt your toes, but a functional shower that looks stylish. However, does a walk-in shower really have nothing but benefits? Impermo sets out the pros and cons and gives some practical tips for a successful result.
For those who have small children at home, or are less mobile, a walk-in shower is an ideal solution, because they have no edge or threshold that you have to step over. For those who are already a bit older, this type of shower is very useful, because you considerably reduce the risk of falling.
Spic and span
A walk-in shower has fewer corners and edges. Because no dirt can accumulate, a walk-in shower is much more maintenance-friendly than the traditional bath variant. If you also choose a maintenance-friendly shower tile like the ceramic Tilestone Shape Cement or Shower Concrete Grey, you will save yourself a lot of cleaning.
Luxury at home
Walk-in showers allow you to match the shower to the style of your bathroom, creating a relaxing whole. It also makes the room look bigger. So, what will it be: the cool Shower Concrete Grey, the timeless Arc Bone Mosaic or rather the fantastic Ceppo di Gre? Choose which style suits you and enjoy every bathroom moment.
Hip to be square
Square, rectangular or twice as large as your current shower tray? Depending on the available space, you can do whatever you like with a walk-in shower. Choose the size that suits your design and create an open feeling in the bathroom and plenty of room to take a shower together with your significant other.
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If you choose a fully open walk-in shower, you risk the bathroom floor getting wet when the drain doesn't work quickly enough to drain all the water. It is also not inconceivable that some water splashes will end up next to the shower. This is of course easily solved with a proper drain, a glass wall or a shower mat.
As with any other shower, the tiles in a walk-in shower get slippery when wet. You want to prevent this? Apply an anti-slip layer or choose an anti-slip tile with a rougher structure. Do you want to be absolutely sure of having an anti-slip tile? The ceramic shower tiles Tilestone Shape Cement or Shower Concrete Grey were specially developed for this application.
If your shower doesn't have a (glass) wall or shower curtain, the shower may feel slightly colder. Also, if there is a lack of ventilation, you run the risk that the entire bathroom will feel humid and, in the worst-case scenario, mould will form. So make sure to have proper ventilation or open the window when you take a shower.
The installation of a walk-in shower requires some preparation and technical knowledge. For example, the drain tube should be submerged in the floor, and special attention should be paid to waterproofing the subfloor. How do you do that? Read it in another post by Impermo.