If you read our bathtubs article, you’ll see that we recommend using a normal shower where possible. But this is not as simple as in the past, you could get shower enclosures in different shapes, walk-in showers or you can transform your room into a wetroom.
This is the most affordable option. Some things you should be aware of is that the tray comes in different materials. Ideally, choose a stone tray if possible. This is heavier, slightly harder to fit, but lasts much longer. The ABS ones might be tempting, the contractor might push for one of this since it’s easier to fit, but it feels flimsy.
The shower trays come in two formats: quadrants (semi-circle) and rectangles. You can get matching shower enclosure on top. The door can either be sliding, normal door opening and bifold.
The glass thickness and size has one of the biggest effects on price. A 10mm shower enclosure can be double compared to a 8mm one. This is because the thicker/larger the glass, the heavier the glass, so the better the sliding systems & hinges have to be.
Walk in shower
This is an increasingly popular option since the walk-in shower size is more or less similar to a bathtub. It’s also easier to maintain. Again, don’t forget to choose a stone tray if possible, it’s a more quality option.
You can get a walk in shower with a fixed glass or with a fixed glass + flipper panel. You can also get a glass at the end of the walk in shower (unless you have a wall there).
This is probably the most expensive type, but probably the best looking option. You no longer have a tray. This means that the floor has to be waterproofed/tanked.
You could get a different glass for a wetroom (including custom ordered from the ceiling to the floor).
If you want a normal walk in shower, but with the feel of a wetroom, you could try using a slate effect tray. We’re not big fans of this, but it can work. You have below a photo of something we fitted.
These are pretty much your options.