Modular residential steam showers are a relatively new product on the market that can easily be installed by the average do-it-yourselfer. Since 2003 this type of steam shower has become very popular with many large development companies installing them in new construction applications. A modular steam shower is a shower enclosure made of glass or fiberglass with a built in steam generator and control panel.
Modular residential steam showers are designed to replace an existing shower or bathtub which utilizes existing plumbing and drainage lines. This fact as well as cost are the main reasons they are recommend for DIYers.
Modular steam showers are more cost effective than custom steam showers. Custom steam
showers with similar features can easily cost $10,000-$20,000 when finished,
modular units are a small fraction of this cost and can be installed in a day.
Modular steam showers have many features that are extremely expensive in a
custom shower like body massage jets, chromo therapy lighting, FM radio and
waterproof speakers to name a few. This is one of the main reasons they have
become so attractive.
Steam shower units are designed for the average home owner to install with the help of a licensed electrician. Once the unit is assembled, which typically takes 2-3 hours, it's only a matter of connecting the water lines which are similar to a washing machine hook-up. This requires a few small changes to your water lines which can easily be done by a DIYer. The reason we recommend using a licensed electrician is because most steam shower units require 220v service which can be adherently dangerous to someone who is not familiar with electricity.
The drainage on a modular steam shower is also very easy to connect. As long as you have an existing drain under the base of the steam shower unit you can easily run the flexible drain line or PVC pipe to the drain.
Residential Steam showers are a great replacement for old showers and bathtubs. They come in a wide variety of sizes and some even have whirlpool bathtubs as the base of the unit. These are great for replacing existing bathtubs because you will not lose the title of full bathroom by adding a walk in shower. Overall a modular steam shower is a great investment and will surely raise the value of your home as well as make it more appealing to perspective buyers, not to mention the health benefits you and your family can gain from the use of one.
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