Many people consider their bathrooms as their safe haven which is why they heavily invest in the fixtures, decor and other features. There are tons of fixtures you can add to a bathroom. A few examples include freestanding baths, hanging cabinets, sink taps, shower cabins, and transforming bulbs. They come in various shapes, sizes, colours, and styles. You can select a product depending on your personal style or the existing design of the room. The customisation options are endless.
However, it’s no secret how adding bathroom fixtures can cost hundreds to thousands of pounds in cash. As such, you should focus on learning and understand how to install them properly. Otherwise, you will end up with defective fixtures plus costly repair or replacement services. Here are some of the most common bathroom installation mistakes homeowners make:
Getting the wrong measurements
It pays to be very attentive in taking the measurements of the room. Some fixtures such as shower pods need precise measurements. Otherwise, they won’t fit the available space. This mistake applies to both customised and ready-made bathroom installations. Be sure to measure the dimension correctly. Use the right tools and apply the necessary techniques. When all else fails, you can contact a technician to assist you instead.
Sealing the interiors of shower cabins with silicone
Sometimes, because a pod won’t fit the space correctly, homeowners resort to filling the gaps with silicone. You must use the silicone gel after you correctly fit the cabin. Additionally, others seal the interiors with silicone in hope of preventing water leakage. If you don’t want to deal with water leaks, never use silicone without following the right instructions.
Failing to handle glass properly
Shower pods sometimes come with plastic or toughened glass panels. If you use shower cabins with toughened glass, you should still be extra cautious in installing or replacing the panels. Also, you should be careful not to bang the glass. Regardless of if you use toughened glass or plastic for your shower cabins, make sure that you close the door gently. If the door won’t budge, check if the panel is properly aligned instead of forcefully pulling the panel.
Failing to plan ahead
Always think of the future. As much as possible, your design should work even after 10 years. Whenever you design a bathroom or install a fixture, think about the needs of the people in your household. If you have kids and you want to install a bathtub, be sure you install handles on the walls.
Don’t forget to keep cabinets high so that your kids can’t reach the toiletries. Don’t just follow trends. Unless there’s a practical use to the installation, don’t add it in your bathroom. When you add fixtures, make sure that they don’t appear cluttered. Remember to maximise the space all the time.
What are some of the bathroom installation fails that you are most guilty of and how did you handle them? It never hurts to consult an expert or perhaps call in a professional to handle your bathroom installations. Yes, it may save you money if you settle for DIY but if you end up making a horrible mistake, you might face costly repairs plus extra costs for the replacement of fixtures.