If you’re taking on a bathroom renovation, you can well expect to be shown a Pinterest board full of spa-like inspo images from your customer, containing flush fittings and concealed shower valves. If that’s the case, you might be frustrated, as this popular bathroom trend is normally associated with tricky installations. Well, that’s not necessarily the case…
The good news is that there are concealed shower valves on the market that are easy to install and maintain, such as the Roper Rhodes Event-Click shower. We spoke to the Roper Rhodes team, to talk you through why the Event-Click shower can take the hassle out of installing concealed showers, and how easy it is to install this nifty product.
What’s the problem?
Although customers love their sleek and modern look, concealed shower valves aren’t a plumber’s favourite item to install. For the cover plate to lay flush against the wall, you need to install the valve at the right depth. Too deep and the valve will be too far away to attach the handles after tiling, too shallow and the trim plate will stick out from the wall. Once the valve is connected to the pipework, you can’t adjust it, so there’s no going back. In short, it’s a job that needs precision.
Once the shower’s installed, there’s then the matter of maintenance and servicing. With most concealed showers, gaining access to the valve can mean you need to rip up the surrounding tiles. This leads to more time and money to complete the job.
What’s the solution?
The Roper Rhodes Event-Click showers eliminate all of the fuss that come with standard concealed shower valves, with lots of benefits that make installation and maintenance a breeze. Thanks to the flexible hoses, you can move the valve after all of the pipework is attached and the water supply is running into it. This flexibility means that you don’t need to calculate the depth at which to install the valve, as these hoses can easily stretch and contract. A tiling guide is also included with the shower, which features mark out points that you can use as a guide for cutting plasterboard and tiles.
Maintenance is just as straight forward. As the valve is fitted after tiling, it can easily be removed. Any maintenance on the valve can be carried out in your hands, as the flexible hoses can be pulled out from behind the stud wall. This spares you the trouble of having to rip up tiles and awkwardly reaching for the valve behind the stud wall.
On top of that, its minimal, yet premium end look will go down a treat with your clients, keeping in line with some of the most popular bathroom trends. It’s also a reasonably priced option, so there’s no need to compromise on the finish.
How to install
With a process that takes up a lot less planning and precision, you can install the Event-Click shower in six easy steps:
1. Install the plumbing manifold to your stud wall centres
2. Connect your hot and cold pipes to the manifold – these feature isolation valves for easy control of hot and cold water supply
3. Connect the flexible hoses to the isolation valves
4. Attach the tiling guide to the front of the manifold to help you cut plasterboards and tiles
5. Attach the ends of the flexible hoses to the installation frame
6. Simply add the cover plate and you’re done!
With such a quick and easy installation, while still providing accessibility and a cracking end result, this product is a no brainer when considering the right concealed shower for your customer.