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The overall cost of your new shower, as well as how much your plumber will charge, is largely down to the kind of unit you buy as well as the parts that go with it. Obviously, installing a stand-alone shower will cost much more than a shower that uses your bath as the shower pan. Likewise, adding shower doors (rather than curtains) will add to the cost, as will more fancy shower heads.
The main choice when picking a new shower is whether to go for a gas boiler-powered shower or an electric shower. Opinions on which is best differ wildly and can also depend on the pressure you get from your mains water. But it is always best to consult your plumber or a specialist shower installer for their opinion.
Electric shower and power shower units usually come in at more than the mixer and temperature control that is needed for a shower that can run from your combi boiler. But the price differences are not so significant as to be a real deciding factor in the long run. Some plumbers prefer to not deal with electric showers, so you should find one who can deal with both types if you want an honest opinion about what is best for you in terms of installation and running costs.
Choosing your shower head is one of the most personal parts of buying your shower, as you can pick from something that offers power or something that is perhaps more pleasing on the eye and even has that vintage watering can look to it. Whichever you choose, your plumber should be able to install it and can even offer advice up front.
The same goes for shower pans and other add ons such as sliding height adjusters that hold your shower head. Your plumber can also advise on taps, wet rooms and the installation of fans to remove moisture from the air when you shower. This is especially important in small shower rooms. Just remember, the more complex or unusual your plans, the more you can expect to play your plumber to carry them out.
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