The shower is a healthy and practical habit of personal cleanliness and well-being. In the bathroom of any house, there is at least a shower or a bathtub also used for this purpose. It was invented in 1872 by Merry Delabost to improve the hygienic situation in prisons and has spread as a mandatory practice for Prussian soldiers in 1879.
What types of showers are known?
The shower can be with or without a shower tray (the trend is now the shower flush with the floor without the rise of the plate. Modern and functional solution) and with movable walls from the various openings , for example: square, semicircular, with sliding doors, hinged, in plastic or crystal, more or less opaque …
In particular, we want to dwell on the masonry shower, which is often used in rustic-style homes, but which is also finding its place recently in modern ones. It is a precious solution, especially in situations of irregular walls, reduced space, or, for example, to create a strategic division within the bathroom.
Usually, the masonry showers are made in houses owned because the cost is quite high compared to those of plasticized glass and because they are not easily replaceable once installed.
Why a masonry shower? The advantages
What is a masonry shower? It is a shower with three of the sides that enclose it made of waterproofed cement and covered with a water repellent material. The fourth side of the rain can remain open or closed with a curtain or door of a different material that is plasticized glass or crystal.
Now let’s talk rationally about the pros and cons of this solution. The advantages of the masonry shower are many. First of all, it is more versatile than the shower enclosures in glass or plasticized glass that exist on the market, which are not very adaptable to changing rooms (while the masonry is well suited to this). Its walls can also serve as a support for sanitary ware or furniture, adding functionality and originality to the bathroom.
An additional pro of these showers is cleaning, as they retain fewer soap residues than plastic ones, and the shower tray is often flush with the floor: with a wipe of a cloth, it is all clean. You can say goodbye to the unsightly spots on the doors that are inevitably formed … or at least they will undoubtedly be less visible.
We also think of the originality of the masonry shower, which is undoubtedly more effective and less standard than a rather conventional glass shower enclosure. The resistance, too, is an essential factor. A masonry shower is much more resistant to impact and wear.
The disadvantages are that it takes a few dozen centimeters more than the shower, so the bathroom is not extremely small and should be placed in the passageways or around the perimeter of the room.
Furthermore, the construction of the masonry shower requires, on average more time and a budget, usually a little higher than a tempered glass shower.