Shower Arm And Head Purchase Tips

Anybody who thinks choosing a shower arm for your bathroom remodelling is a quick and easy job hasn’t been around any home improvement store lately. The possibilities in terms of shower arms and shower heads are endless, and depending on the space you have available and the final effect that you want to accomplish some will be more suitable than others. If you don’t choose carefully you may end up with a shower that is too high, too low, or sprays water all over the bathroom every time you try to have a shower.

Don’t Buy Shower Arms Based On Looks

brushed nickel shower arm

Classic and beautiful brushed nickel shower arm

Yes, that brushed nickel shower arm looks amazing and would no doubt look great on your bathroom… but if you buy it without taking measurements of the available space you may discover too late that it won’t fit. A typical shower arm will lower the shower head relative to the wall outlet, and if you buy one that requires too much overhead room you may end up with a shower head that sits too low to be functional. If you are using a shower diverter to transform a bath with an overhead shower and are unsure about sizing, consider buying an adjustable shower arm to ensure perfect fit.

A shower arm can require significant overhead space

A shower arm can require significant overhead space

A shower arm usually screws in the wall like a corkscrew and you will need space around and on top of it, not to mention allowing for enough room for the shower head to fit if it’s angled or very large.

Static vs Adjustable Shower Arm

adjustable shower arm

Adjustable shower arms work best to change the angle or height of specialist shower heads

An adjustable shower arm may be more expensive, but it will allow you to install a wider variety of shower heads at different angles. A typical shower arm will have the shower head at a 45 degrees angle, which is great for your average shower head but fails when you want to install a very large shower head overhead, for a rain effect. It is true that an adjustable shower arm is slightly more likely to leak (due to the adjustable parts) but if you buy a good quality one you shouldn’t have to worry at all about performance, and you’ll be able to put your shower head exactly at the perfect angle for your shower.

Consider A Shower Arm Extension

A shower arm extension allows you to use larger shower heads

A shower arm extension allows you to use larger shower heads

A shower arm extension allows you to lower, raise or modify the angle of the shower head, without having to replace the entire shower arm. Sometimes, if the shower arm is inside the wall or is not easily accessible, a shower arm extension can be a much more practical solution. It would, for example, allow you enough room to install a large overhead shower to replace a smaller angled one, without having to replace the entire shower.

Keep In Mind The Pressure

If you are replacing a small shower head with a larger one, particular a very large, overhead model that doesn’t sit at an angle with the wall, you shouldn’t expect the same water pressure. Larger shower heads have more holes, which means the water pressure diminishes and you accomplish more of a relaxing rain effect instead of a power shower. If you want to keep the pressure, look for a shower head with mechanized holes or one that is adjustable and allows you to focus water in high pressure water beams or enjoy a relaxing rain shower.

Once you have bought it, installing a shower arm is easy and doesn’t require specialist plumbing knowledge, besides being able to turn off the water circuit that feeds the shower. Always start installing your new shower from the wall, so first install the shower arm, then the shower arm extension if you need it, and last attach the shower head. This way you will find it easier to access the connections and tighten them so there are no leaks from your newly installed shower.

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