Considering A Master Bath Remodel? What You Should Know About Steam Showers

Posted on: 22 June 2016

If you're looking for a unique shower enclosure for your home's master bathroom, you might want to consider installing a steam shower. Steam showers are usually slightly oversized in comparison to standard showers and they feature a watertight seal around the door to keep the steam inside. Here's a look at the basics of steam shower installation to help you decide.

Waterproofing Options

The steam shower enclosure has to be waterproof to hold the steam and water spray inside, but there are many different ways to do that. For example, you may decide that you want to cover the studs and ceiling with a layer of thick plastic sheeting. Then, you can cover the sheeting with concrete board that's been treated with a waterproof sealant. Once the concrete board is secured, you can cover it with tile or whatever type of material you prefer.

You may instead opt for sheet metal for finishing. If you use sheet metal, you won't need the extra plastic. Instead, the metal panels will be welded together to seal them completely. Then, you can go around the edges with caulk to ensure that there are no open areas where moisture can seep.

Electrical Needs

Steam showers must have a dedicated circuit for power, including a separate circuit breaker. That's important because, if the steam shower system malfunctions, you need to be able to shut down the power to it right away without affecting any other circuit in the house. When you install the enclosure, have an electrician add the circuit for the power supply.

Steam Generation

In order for a steam shower to be really effective, it requires a separate steam generator. This produces more steam than you could get from a hot shower alone. Most steam generators can be installed either alongside the outer edge of the enclosure or even underneath a cabinet or in a nearby linen closet.

Just make sure you choose a place where the steam generator can connect directly to your main plumbing line that runs to your shower. In addition, you'll need somewhere for the drain line to run. The drain line is where the condensation flows out away from the generator.

Before you decide what kind of shower enclosure you're going to add to your home's master bathroom, talk with a kitchen and bath specialist about the benefits of steam showers and whether or not one would work for your home. Click here to get more info.