USA: Bathroom Showers: Bathroom Shower Manufacturers
ABOUT BATHROOM SHOWERS
There are three elements to Bathroom Showers: shower enclosures, shower pans, and shower faucets. Shower enclosures are usually made of glass. They may have a single side, for fitting within a recess; they may have two or three sides for fitting into a corner or against a wall. They may also be completely free-standing on all four sides. Some models a large enough to provide unobstructed entry, and dispense with a hinged door. Shower pans or shower bases are fitted on the floor and incorporate a drain. They may be made of steel, acrylic, or composite materials.
Shower faucets are available with a wide range of features and in a wide range of styles, traditional and contemporary. They are normally thermostatic, and may incorporate remote electronic controls.
A specialist type of shower is the steam shower. This uses a humidifying steam generator to produce water vapour that surrounds the body of the user. They effectively combine the functions of a steam room and a bathroom shower. They require specially designed enclosures which prevent the steam from escaping and damaging the surrounding finishes.
The leading manufacturers listed below have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, designs and materials, and care and maintenance.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
Delta. Delta is the largest manufacturer of faucets for bathrooms, showers, kitchens, laundries and bars in the USA. It was founded in 1954 and now has manufacturing plants in Greenshurg Indiana, Jackson Tennessee, Ontario Canada, and Panyu China. The Delta website contains sections on kitchen, bath and bar/laundry. There is a dealer locator, a customer support section, and an online guide to selecting faucets. Delta supply both standard and custom showers, including jetted showers. They are available in three finishes: chrome bronze and stainless. Optional features of Delta showers include separate temperature and volume control, thermostatic control, scald-guard technology, touch-clean showerhead, and air-induced rain can showerhead. Delta's patented Brilliance anti-tarnish finish is guaranteed for life against tarnishing, corrosion, or discoloration.
Decor Planet. Decor Planet sells a wide range of bathroom fittings, including bathroom showers, from its three stores in Staten Island, New York, Brooklyn, New York City, and Philadelphia. It also sells online. Its range includes: shower faucets, shower panels, shower & tub doors, shower bases, shower enclosures, shower walls, and shower heads. A 110% price guarantee is offered on all products, meaning that if you can find a lower price from a competitor you will be refunded the difference plus 10% of the difference. Decor Planet also offers more than 40 types steam shower, with prices ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. They feature multiple jets, foot massage, and mood lighting.
Grohe. Grohe is one of the leading faucet brands used in custom homes and remodeling projects. Innovations such as pull-out spray kitchen faucets, solid stainless steel kitchen faucets, single hole centerset lavs that replaced traditional American 4" configurations, and thermostatic shower safety valves are some of the European concepts brought to the U.S. by Grohe. Engineered in Germany, Grohe products sold in the U.S. comply with domestic codes and standards. Grohe's Freehander shower combines shower head and body spray functionality into one unit. It has two shower heads, both of which can be rotated a full 360 degrees. Grohe was founded in 1936, when Friedrich Grohe took over Berkenhoff & Paschedag in Hemer, Germany, which had been founded in 1911. At the time only the wealthiest people could afford the luxury of a bathroom. The company's expansion dated from the 1960s, with subsidiaries formed in France, Austria and Italy. Today Grohe has 5,000 employees, with production plants in Germany, Portugal, Thailand, and Canada.
Hardware Marketplace. Hardware Marketplace is an online directory of international suppliers of hardware, including showers for bathrooms. In addition to building hardware, the website covers computer hardware, electrical hardware, mechanical hardware, hardware supplies, and hardware tools. Hardware Marketplace lists building hardware companies from all over the world, including companies from India, China, Taiwan, and the USA. It section on manufacturers of bathroom showers lists 100 companies. It covers shower enclosures, shower trays, and shower panels. Other product categories include: Baby Showers, Bathtubs, Hand Showers, Jacuzzis, Massage Showers, Shower Bars, Shower Curtains, Shower Cubicles, Shower Enclosures, Shower Heads, Shower Mixers, Shower Panels, Shower Seats, Shower Valves, and Steam Showers.
Kohler. Kohler is a leading US manufacturer of faucets and fittings for kitchens and bathrooms. The Kohler website bathroom section covers baths, bidets, faucets, furniture, showers, sinks, toilets and whirlpool baths. There are also sections on colors, care and cleaning. Kohler shower modules are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from 32 to 64 inches wide. You can choose from bathtub/shower combination modules, or separate recessed or corner modules that can accommodate faucets on either side. Many Kohler shower modules are available as multi-piece units, so that they can be maneuvered through doorways and up staircases. Kohler was founded in 1873 as a modest foundry in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, by John Michael Kohler. Its big breakthrough occurred in 1883 when John Michael took a cast iron basin, which he had sold to farmers for us as a combination hog scalder and watering trough, enamelled it and added four ornamental feet. This turned it into a bathtub, and the company never looked back. Today it has more than 30,000 employees, with production facilities worldwide.
Mark E: Shower Installation Products. Mark E Industries, based in Clearwater, Florida, supplies four shower installation products: Pre-Pitch, Kirb-Perfect, Quick-Pitch, and StringA-Level. All are intended for use both by professional and do-it-yourself homeowners. Pre-Pitch produces a properly pitched sub-floor for the shower. Kirb-Perfect is nailed to the outside wall of the curb, preserving the integrity of liner. Quick-Pitch is a permanently installed screeding guide. StringA-Levl is a set of re-usable ledger boards with built in leveling vials designed for wall tile installations.
Unlimited Showers: Bathroom Showers. Unlimited Showers, based in San Diego, California, is an online retailer of leading brands of shower. It is part of the Webstore network of specialty online retailers. The product range can be searched by type of shower, style of shower, price range, and height. Types of shower include: Jetted Showers, Steam Showers, Shower Enclosures, and Shower Columns. Styles of shower include: Glass Showers, Acrylic Showers, Frameless Glass Showers, Fiberglass Showers, and Sliding Door Showers. Prices range from under $500 to $2,000. Heights range from 50 inches to 100 inches. There are sections of the website covering: Guarantees, Tracking your Order, and Returns & Exchanges. Free shipping is provided via UPS within the contiguous United States. There is a facility to calculate delivery date during online checkout.
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