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Twin Shower Valves

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Introduction

Choosing a new shower valve can sometimes feel like a daunting task. There are so many different options available to you that it?s easy to be overwhelmed. It needn?t been complicated though, as in this guide we?ll be explaining exactly what you need to know about one of the most commonly found types: the twin shower valve.

What does a twin shower valve actually do?

The way these valves operate is very simple. They incorporate two levers which will control different elements of your shower, such as the flow and temperature. As they are usually thermostatic, this allows you to regulate the exact settings you require in order to have a more enjoyable shower.

They also enable an additional outlet to be attached, such as a shower head or handset, controlling the flow of water to this feature. There are some twin shower valves that have a diverter, which basically allows you to add a further outlet such as body jets for example. Only one accessory may be used at a time with a twin valve however due to the nature of their design.

Concealed or exposed?

Deciding between concealed and exposed valves will depend on numerous factors, such as your budget, the general style of your bathroom, and personal preference.

A concealed twin valve is the more popular choice at the moment, and this is because the current trend is for modern, minimalist bathrooms so these fit in quite well with the contemporary look. Concealed valves are much neater to look at as the only visible aspect of them is the control plate which houses the handles. The rest is kept hidden behind your tiling.

Exposed twin valves have more elements on display, resulting in a bulkier looking item. They tend to look best in period bathrooms due to their often ornate designs. The advantage of these items is that they are much easier to install and often cheaper, but they aren?t really on trend these days so take this into consideration if you?re aiming for an ultra-modern feel.

Minimum water pressure

Be careful when selecting your shower valve that you make a note of the minimum water pressure rating (this will be listed in the product description of each valve on our website). What this essentially means is the amount of water pressure your system will need in order to perform at its best. Expect a higher rating for diverter valves due to the fact that they generally have to control more things so require a greater level of pressure.

Is a twin valve right for me?

Twin shower valves are a great choice for pretty much any bathroom as they are functional, stylish and relatively inexpensive too. Twin valves may not be right for you if you happen to have a shower which features a lot of separate components (handsets, body jets, etc) as they will only allow a limited number of outlets. More sophisticated systems will require a triple shower valve instead.

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