What better way to relax at the end of a long day than with a steam bath? Imagine immersing yourself into a cloud of steam, melting away the stress of the day and soothing aches and pains. Once a luxury found only at a spa or health club, steam baths are becoming a popular addition to home bathrooms. In fact, steam baths are starting to overtake whirlpool tubs as a feature of bathroom remodeling projects.
Steam baths offer several benefits. Like whirlpool baths, they soothe aches and pains, reduce tension and stress, and relieve tired muscles. Steam baths offer the added benefits of opening pores in the skin, removing impurities from the body, and treating sinus pressure and congestion. Unlike soaking in a whirlpool tub, you don’t have to wait for it to fill with water. Depending on the generator you select, steam is usually generated within a few minutes.
While stand-alone steam baths that are already constructed and just need installation are available, a custom steam bath gives you the opportunity to design the steam bath specifically to your needs and to perfectly fit your bathroom. Custom steam baths require careful design to avoid moisture damage to the rest of the bathroom. The shower stall must be completely enclosed and sealed with a waterproof material. If the steam bath is not completely enclosed and sealed vapor can seep into your bathroom walls, allowing mold to grow. You should select vapor-proof doors that seal tight and go from the door to the ceiling. The ideal height for the steam bath enclosure is between 7 and 8 feet. The ceiling of the steam bath enclosure should be slightly sloped to prevent condensation from dripping down and ruining the steam bath experience. Grandview Winnelson recommends ceramic tile, porcelain tile, granite, marble, and travertine as good choices of material.
To create the steam, a generator brings water to a boil and channels the vapor into the enclosure through pipes. Digital controls in the enclosure allow you to control all aspects of your steam bath without setting foot outside of the enclosure. Best of all, you can steam as long as you want. The generator will continue to heat water until you turn it off. The generator can be stored anywhere that is not exposed to freezing temperature and where it can connect to an electrical circuit and a water line. Typical locations include under bathroom vanities, under the bench in the steam bath, in closets, or in basements and attics. Which size of generator you need will depend on the size and features of your steam bath. The experts at Grandview Winnelson can help you select the appropriate generator for your steam bath.
You’ll want to add a bench, usually either plastic or wood, that will provide you with a relaxing place to sit. Other popular steam bath accessories include aromatherapy and chromatic lighting systems.
Visit Grandview Winnelson and let us help you design the perfect steam bath. We are proud to carry Amerec and Mr. Steam steam bath systems.