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Exposed Shower Valves Buying Guide


When you're choosing a new shower system for your bathroom it's easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of products available to you. This is especially true when it comes to valves, so in this guide we'll be explaining the key things you need to know about one of our most popular options, exposed shower valves, which will hopefully help you to make a more informed purchase.

What is an exposed shower valve?

These designs differ from concealed valves as they feature pipework which is visible instead of being hidden behind a wall.

So what's available?

There are loads of options to choose from and you'll usually make your decision based on whether your bathroom has a modern or more traditional aesthetic. For contemporary spaces the most popular design is bar valves; these fixtures house their components in a bar-like shape (hence the name) and their styling really suits minimalist settings.

You can also get the more traditionally styled exposed valves which feature crosshead and lever handle styling that is perfect for capturing that timeless period look.

Why would one be right for me?

Although some people may be put off by the look of exposed shower valves, preferring the sleek designs of concealed items, they can actually add to the overall look of a room, especially in traditional settings as their elaborate nature tends to complement other period fixtures.

They are easier to install than concealed valves and can be placed on solid brick walls unlike alternatives which need to be housed within them. This also makes them a cheaper alternative as you don't need to remove any tiles to fit one.

How easy are they to maintain?

Very easy, actually. There are dedicated cleaning products out there to tackle dirt which appears on chrome fittings, however some of the best cleaning agents available may well be in your home already. Lemon juice is great as the citric acid eats away at soap scum without being harsh enough to damage the finish.

You can also use a cloth with some white vinegar on it as this will have a similar effect. Simply work the product of your choice into the shower valve and leave it to sit for a few minutes before buffing it off with a fresh cloth.