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4 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Residential Steam Shower

Oct 12, 2007
Steam can be very beneficial for the health. This is the reason why almost all spas and health clubs have steam baths or, at the very least, steam cabinets.

But why would you need to go to these places if you had a residential steam shower? With a steam shower in your home, you would not have to pay those ridiculous membership fees that some health clubs and spas collect. You would also be able to relax at your convenience.

Getting this convenience, however, is not as easy as snapping your fingers. There are certain considerations you must make. Here are a few tips to help you make sure that you get the most out of your investment:

1) Get a contractor with specialization - A lot of people make the mistake of getting a contractor to build their residential steam shower without even checking if that contractor has the right specialization for such a job. Like physicians, contractors have different specializations. Some are great in building offices while others are good at making garages, some could be counted on to build great bathrooms while others can just design your basic sink.

By getting someone who has spent a lot of time building and therefore has a lot of experience with residential steam showers, you will be able to make sure that you get the best work quality available.

2) Buy a kit - If you cannot afford to hire a contractor, you can actually buy a steam shower kit and put it together yourself. If you are already in the process of remodeling your home, installation of a steam shower can actually be pretty simple. You, of course, need some mechanical and electrical skills so you don't get yourself fried.

Typically, residential steam shower kits have instructions that are pretty easy to follow. You have to remember, however, that the final product is rarely as good as the advertisement.

3) Enclose the steam shower completely - As you may know, steam is not restricted by the same laws which restrict the liquid form of water. In order to make sure that the residential steam shower remains effective, you have to make sure that the steam produced is enclosed. This will retain both heat and humidity.

In the enclosure, you need to make use of waterproof materials such as ceramic. Remember, that the benefits of the steam shower do not come from the exposure to the steam alone - it comes from being enclosed in the heat of the steam. You need to feel the heat build up and make you perspire. This allows your body to purge toxins and fat.

4) Go for aesthetics - Once you build a residential steam shower, it becomes a major part of the bathroom. In other words, it will certainly impact the way your bathroom looks. You need to make sure that the design of the steam shower does not clash with that of the bathroom. Make the residential steam shower blend with the rest of the bathroom.

By going for aesthetics, you will make sure that people will be able to appreciate your steam shower even if they aren't inclined to use it. By going for aesthetics, you will be making sure that the steam shower truly becomes a part of your home.
About the Author
Mike Hirn is a longtime sauna enthusiast. His website supplies a wealth of free information about the construction, use and health benefits of home saunas and steam showers.
www.the-home-sauna-center.com
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