If you're upgrading your bathroom then the chances are that replacing your shower will be high on your to do list. But with so many options available it can quickly get confusing so in this guide we'll be focusing on concealed shower valves and looking at why they may be an ideal choice for your particular requirements.
These valves feature a sleek, minimalist design which hides any unsightly pipework behind a wall. This creates a more simplistic look and is one of the reasons why these fixtures have become quite popular in recent years. While you can get traditional concealed valves, the understated nature of these designs makes them ideal for contemporary environments.
Besides attractive styling, concealed valves also have several other benefits. Because they are seen as a trendy upgrade, there are loads of different handle designs to choose from so you'll be able to easily find something which complements the rest of the room perfectly.
Despite the fact that any pipes will be located behind your tiles, they are also easy to maintain should they require attention. The handles are removable which exposes the cartridges behind them so replacing them shouldn't be too difficult a task at all.
Concealed valves also don't need to be positioned right next to the outlet of your shower so you have more options when it comes to choosing a place to install them, which brings us neatly to the next question.
You need to be careful about where you plan on placing your concealed shower valve as they'll typically need about 100mm of space in the wall. You need to make sure that your recess behind the tiles in your shower can accommodate this before making a purchase. However, if it doesn't and you still want to go for a concealed look then you can get around this by building a stud wall where you plan on placing the valve.
While you can attempt the installation yourself, we strongly recommend that you contact a professional to fit everything for you to minimise the risk of anything going wrong.