How to choose a thermostatic shower valve? Concealed VS Exposed.


Here’s the typical circumstance: Just as you’re enjoying a nice, warm shower, a blast of icy cold water races shivers down your spine. The best way to avoid this is to install a thermostatic shower valve in the shower wall where the shower controls are located .A thermostatic shower valve may control only the shower or the tub spout or, if it is a diverter valve , both tub and shower. These maintain water temperature at a safe level, despite fluctuations in water supply lines.
Concealed and exposed thermostatic shower valve are two kinds of shower valve are used universally. How to choose the suitable one for yourself?
  • Concealed Thermostatic Shower Valve

concealed shower valve
A concealed shower valve ,just as the name implies, is hidden behind the tiling or wet wall of a shower enclosure. One of the major benefits of this style is its streamlined look and its capacity to hide unsightly pipe work and bulky fittings. They are also great for those that want a little more flexibility when choosing shaped wall plates and unconventional handles.
Before start the concealed design, you should first consider the recess behind your shower wall tiling and whether or not it is big enough to accommodate a concealed system. Typical measurements call for at least 100mm of depth. If you don’t have the room, you can create some extra space by building a thin tiled wall into the shower which can be used to hide the valve and keep your bathroom looking fuss free.


  • Exposed Thermostatic Shower Valve

Exposed shower valve
As the name suggests, exposed shower valves reveal not only the valves but also the pipe work is visible within the enclosure. Comparing with concealed valves, exposed styles are generally cheaper and easier to install due to the fact that it is just the hot and cold water pipes are required installation.
Since the exposed shower valve comes in particularly handy for homes that feature solid brick walls ,so they typically suit more traditional bathrooms. However there are many modern styles available if this type of valve is your only option. Exposed designs are also easy to clean don’t require the unscrewing of taps in order to get to the valves.
  • Your choice

So what type of shower valve should you select?  If you are determined to achieve a sleek, modern look it’s advisable to invest a little more money in a concealed shower valve design. If your main focus is practicality and function, exposed valves is your best choice and also will do the job at a significantly reduced price. Here at Hapilife we stock a generous range of shower valves which will finish your shower off perfectly regardless of the type or style of valve you choose.


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