Home Tips & Advice > Learning Guides > Learn About Shower Fixtures

Shower Fixtures

MASSAGING SHOWERHEADS

Massaging showerheads use water pressure forced through a diverting valve to create one or more pulsating water actions.

In most cases, users can vary the amount of pulsing pressure or force to their liking. Massaging showerheads can be hand-held or permanently mounted. While all offer massaging action of one or more kinds, they can be converted to conventional shower action.

STANDARD SHOWERHEADS

Most standard showerheads have full range adjustable sprays and feature self-cleaning rims and swivel ball joints. High-quality showerheads are chrome plated while economy models have plastic faceplates.

Single control units can be used with any built-in shower. One knob controls both water temperature and flow. This allows water temperature to be set permanently. Water can be turned off, then on again, without changing the temperature setting.

CONTINENTAL SHOWERS

A continental showerhead is a versatile wall and hand shower combined. Top quality brands feature on-off flow control built into the handle, a brass pushbutton diverter valve that permits instant switch from showerhead to hand shower, 6' flexible hose and hang-up bracket. It can be attached to existing shower arms.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Some local and regional codes mandate the installation of anti-scald shower or tub/shower valves in multifamily or transient areas such as hotels and health clubs. By protecting against sudden changes in pressure or temperature, injuries caused by burns or falls can be prevented.

Tub/shower models are available that automatically provide consistent water temperature regardless of changes in water pressure. Advise contractors to check local plumbing codes for compliance requirements.

back to top

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Information in this document has been furnished by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and associated contributors. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and safety. Neither NRHA, any contributor nor the retailer can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

© 2014 Ace Hardware Corporation. Ace Hardware Corporation and Ace Hardware Corporation logo are registered trademarks of Ace Hardware Corporation
HACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99% of hacker crime.

Add Item to To-Done List

To use this feature you must be signed-in to your account, please sign in now. If you do not have an account, please create an account to participate.

Ace Rewards

Ace Rewards is a free and rewarding membership program that lets you earn rewards with every purchase you make! Join now.