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New Trends in Bathroom Design: Ceiling Mounted Shower Heads

Want a spa-like experience in your bathroom? Then maybe a flush mount shower head is right for you. Learn what to consider before installing a ceiling shower head.

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If you’ve ever enjoyed standing in a soft, cooling summer rain, you might consider installing a ceiling mounted shower head (also known as a ceiling mount or flush mount shower head). The water falling from one of these fixtures cascades over your entire body and provides a bathing experience that feels both deeply refreshing and perfectly natural. 

Benefits of a Ceiling Mount Shower Head

Whether you’re installing a new bathroom or remodeling an existing one, a ceiling mounted shower head can be an attractive option thanks to the benefits it offers.

  • Style. The sophisticated design of these fixtures can give your bathroom a chic, elegant look.   
  • Versatility. Many ceiling mounted shower head models feature different water settings, from a pulsating massage to a water-saving trickle, with several modes in between.
  • Coverage. If you are standing under a ceiling mounted shower head, there’s no need to twist, turn or stoop. Because the water is falling directly from above, it hits every part of your body at the same time.
  • Conservation. A ceiling mounted shower head also saves water. Today’s high-efficiency shower heads typically release less than 2.5 gallons of water per minute, while older models often spray about 5.5 gallons per minute. For more savings, look for a shower head bearing the WaterSense label. These units have been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use no more than 2 gallons per minute. That saves the average family about 2,900 gallons of water each year.

Things To Consider With a Ceiling Shower Head

Choosing a ceiling shower head might seem simple and straightforward enough, but you'll want to weigh the following factors when deciding which model to purchase.

  • Enough room? Consider whether your shower stall or tub is large enough to handle all that “rain water.” The larger shower head means a larger area in your bathroom will be getting wet.
  • Wall or ceiling? Originally, all rainfall shower heads were ceiling mounted. However, running new plumbing to your bathroom's ceiling can be quite costly. Consequently, wall-mounted models are increasingly popular. You can mount these shower heads in place of your older shower head, yet still get the overhead, rain-shower experience thanks to an adjustable arm that arches above your head.
  • Shape. Rainfall shower heads are generally either round or square. Your choice will largely depend on your bathroom’s existing décor. Typically, square heads work better with contemporary bathrooms that feature many angular design elements — especially if one of them happens to be a rectangular (or square) bathtub.  
  • Size. Ceiling mounted shower heads run anywhere from 6 to 12 inches in diameter. The larger the head, the more “rain” it produces. If your home's plumbing works on or requires lower water pressure, you might choose a smaller head that features fewer nozzles.
  • Function. What type of spray do you want: firm and invigorating or soft and gentle? Rain, mist or waterfall? If you’re the only one using the shower, pick a shower head with the dispersal pattern you like. For a family, choose a multi-function head that can be tailored to suit everyone's individual preferences.

Whichever shower head you choose, consider also purchasing an American Home Shield® Home Warranty Plan. This service contract can help you pay for plumbing repairs and, if necessary, the replacement of certain home appliances and system components. American Home Shield offers a variety of plans suitable for almost any budget. Check out the reviews from our many satisfied customers and contact us for your free estimate. Soon, you can be prepared for any unexpected breakdowns and your appliances and systems will be protected.

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