Wastes are a very important part of any bathroom. From the shower to the bath and even the sink wastes are found all over the bathroom. There are also many different types of wastes. The ones in your sink and bath are probably pop-up wastes that can be closed with a simple push mechanism. The ones on the floor of your shower are likely simple grate wastes. Whatever the type of waste you currently have, there are a few important factors you need to consider as you decide what will be best for your home.
While you might want something a bit more delicate for your vanity, for your floor waste you should always go for function over form. That means plain stainless steel floor wastes are the way to go. This is for two reasons:
- Stainless steel floor wastes will stand up to the test of time with little effort. Stainless steel is perfect because it shows very little signs of ageing or corrosion that other types of metal do.
- They are much easier to adjust and find in different sizes. Stainless steel floor wastes are the most popular version on the market because of their aforementioned durability. That means no matter the size of your bathroom or shower you will be able to find one that fits.
When it comes to floor wastes, the larger the opening the better. The last thing you want is a delicate waste that lets the water in your shower build up around your feet while you wash. Always err on the side of caution and go for a larger waste if space allows. A trend that is growing in popularity is a longer waste that lines up along the far side of your shower. This completely eliminates the chance of water damage due to overflows, which should be the primary function you want to get out of your waste.
There are two main ways to ensure the floor wastes in your shower are best positioned to drain water and they both have to do with slightly elevated sections of your flooring. The first is mentioned above: having a long floor waste alongside the far end of your shower. In this scenario, a simple incline with a lower end that finishes at your floor waste will move the water in the appropriate direction.
The other option is to have all the sides of your shower have a slightly higher incline than the centre, where a circular waste will be located. This is still the predominant way showers are designed but can be tricky to get right. If you are designing your first house or building, then the first option may be most optimal, as this design is what most designers and professionals are moving towards and it is the simplest to get right.