Commercial shower stalls are an important amenity to consider adding for your customers. Outdoor environments are better enjoyed by people who can clean up before they return home for the evening. Athletic facilities of any kind always have showers for players to clean up after practice games and major sporting events. Many swimming pools now are beginning to install public showers for guests to use before they change into their day clothes. It is important to note, as well, that many industrial facilities must also have commercial shower stalls as a health and safety precaution for workers who are exposed to hazardous substances during the course of the work day.
When choosing a configuration for your commercial shower stalls, it is best to consider three major factors in determining your shower room layout. First, you should consider the number of users who will be using the shower room at the same time. This, in turn, will help you determine the level of privacy you will need to build into each enclosure. Your building itself should be the final thing you look at. Some buildings are easier to plumb by going into the walls, while others are more cost effectively plumbed by running new pipe through the flooring.
These determinations should help you narrow down your choices of shower fixtures. Some fixtures mount to the wall, while others attached to piping that runs through the floor. Different types of commercial shower stalls can be built around any of these fixtures. Users can have partial privacy with partitions mounted between separate shower fixtures, or they can have total privacy with either shower curtains or partition panel doors that create a completely enclosed space for each individual user.
Obviously, the more private you design commercial shower stalls, the more the overall cost of your shower room constriction are going to increase. This is why so many correctional facilities, gymnasiums, and even public schools have often opted for wall mounted shower fixtures with no separation between individual shower heads. This is beginning to change, however, as restroom partitions become more readily available in a variety of materials, colors, and mounting styles. Something as simply as a urinal screen can be mounted between shower heads to give each individual a measure of privacy in a room full of other people.
Most users, however, prefer some kind of actual commercial shower stalls that are constructed from full panels on either side. Partitions panels can be made from cheaper materials, such as baked enamel, but they will eventually suffer from water damage and require repainting, repair, or outright replacement. We recommend that most faculties use either solid plastic or phenolic core partitions. Both materials are impervious to moisture and can withstand constant, direct exposure to water. Phenolic core is also bacteria and oil resistant, so it offers hygienic value in addition to its durability.
Keep in mind that while shower stalls are constructed from the same types of partitions used to build bathroom stalls, they do not have to be rectangular in shape. Many floor mounted showers utilize a circular or semi-circular shower enclosure design. The end of the partition closest to the shower head is narrower than the entrance at the front. Circular or semi-circular assemblies can be cost effectively built with shower curtains that provide full privacy without the added costs of door panels and panel assemblies.