How to Make Your New Bathroom Easier to Clean

Once your bathroom remodel is complete, it’s important to care for this space properly to keep your fixtures and finishes looking their best. Good maintenance and cleaning will reduce wear and tear to prevent premature replacement, while also maintaining the value of your investment. However, time spent cleaning your bathroom is time you aren’t able to spend on leisure or other important activities. Building ease of maintenance into your bathroom remodel will reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning without sacrificing your goal of a sparkling bathroom.

Install Good Ventilation

Over time, moisture and humidity can take their toll on your bathroom’s finishes and fixtures, leading to warping, discoloration, and mold or mildew growth. One of the best ways to make your bathroom easier to clean and prevent many of the problems associated with high humidity is to install a good exhaust fan. Ventilation keeps your bathroom fresh and moisture-free by helping to draw in fresh air during and after a shower or bath. However, an aging fan may no longer provide sufficient ventilation for your bathroom; additionally, older models are often quite noisy, which makes them inconvenient or undesirable to use. Installing a new exhaust fan with quieter operation will ensure that your fan is both comfortable to use and capable of removing moisture effectively to protect your bathroom over the long term.

Provide Plenty of Storage

Storage is the key to efficient organization and less clutter. By reducing clutter in the bathroom, you’ll be able to clean surfaces much faster without the need to move or rearrange items as you clean. Limiting the number of items that remain on your counters regularly can even reduce the amount of dust that accumulates in this room to further speed your cleaning efforts. Finally, keeping your counters, floors, and other areas clear can also minimize the risk of scrapes, scuffs, and stains from toiletries or other items that might require deeper, more focused cleaning to address.

Mount Your Fixtures on the Wall

During a remodel, installing wall-mounted toilets, sinks, and vanities is a step toward less bathroom cleaning over time. Wall-mounted fixtures make cleaning your bathroom’s floor much easier; mounting fixtures on the wall also makes it simpler to spot leaks or other issues, rather than allowing signs of a problem to hide beneath furniture or fixtures that sit closer to the floor. If you prefer vanities or storage cabinets with legs, opt for choices with longer, thinner legs if possible to make viewing and reaching the space under these features easier. When there are few or no obstacles blocking the floor, sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming your bathroom becomes much less time-consuming, allowing you to spend less time in general focused on your bathroom and more on the other important tasks on your schedule.

Building your bathroom for aesthetics and cleanliness is easy with the right products. We are proud to offer some of today’s most popular vanity, shower, and tub designs, allowing you to select exactly the features you want in your new Pompano Beach bathroom. If you’d like to learn more about us or take a look at some of our products and brand names, please stop by our website, where you’ll also find store information and directions to our bathroom showroom. You can also scroll through our blog archive for more great bathroom remodeling information and inspiration.

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Should You Choose a Bath Screen?

Many smaller home bathrooms don’t have the space for a separate bathtub and shower enclosure. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the option to both shower and soak in a smaller bathroom by combining the shower and the bathtub into a single unit. However, finishing this space off with a shower curtain isn’t your only option—today, bath screens have risen to meet this challenge by offering a clean, modern look to any tub-and-shower combination piece. Bath screens consist of one or more panels of glass that help to contain water during showering to for safety and convenience. If you’re considering updating or improving the look of your bathroom, adding a bath screen could be the perfect simple solution to transform this space into a modern and luxurious room.

A Clear View

Bath screens are typically made from clear or frosted glass. They may incorporate one or more panels and can be installed with or without a frame, depending on the model you choose. A bath screen can offer a clear view through your bathroom, allowing you to see all the way to the shower surround. Even if you prefer a frosted screen, you’ll still receive light from behind the screen. This has the effect of opening up your bathroom space, making it feel larger, airier, and more welcoming. By contrast, a shower curtain closes off the tub and shower, eliminating this extra space from view, which can have the effect of making your bathroom appear smaller or more cramped. Many homeowners opt for bath screens because they simply open up the space for a bathroom that feels much larger.

A Layout Consideration

When deciding between a bath screen or other shower enclosure option, it’s important to consider the amount of space in your bathroom and the way in which the room is laid out. Most bath screens pivot or fold to allow easy access to the tub and shower. Thus, it’s important to make sure your bathroom can accommodate this motion, rather than risking chipping the screen’s glass or the tile behind it. Swiveling panels are great for larger bathrooms or rooms with layouts that can accommodate this range of motion. Smaller bathrooms may work better with a folding screen, which doesn’t require as much space beside the tub. Bath screens are available with grab bars and towel bars as well; if you’re short on space, these features can provide added storage and style all in one package.

A Functional Consideration

Glass bath screens are available in varying thicknesses, lengths, and shapes. The type of screen that is best for your bathroom will depend on a few factors, such as the height of your showerhead, the water pressure you prefer, and the size of your tub. Showerheads that are mounted at a significant height or provide varying pressures can benefit from thicker bath screens that extend at least half the length of the tub. This allows the screen to fully contain any water and splashing associated with bathing. By contrast, a simple rain showerhead or a smaller tub-and-shower feature may only need a smaller, shorter screen to sufficiently contain any moisture.

Bath screens are growing in popularity because of their beauty, their elegance, and their ease of use. You can explore our selection of bath screens, shower enclosures, and shower surrounds on our comprehensive website, as well as check out our design inspiration page and project gallery. If you’re looking for more bathroom remodeling ideas and options, please check out our monthly blog.

Tips on Bathroom Vanity Selection

Bathroom vanities serve an important purpose, providing a mounting space for your sink as well as creating a workspace and often containing additional storage. The vanity is also a central design element of the bathroom, setting the tone of the space and often catching the eye as soon as you enter the room. Selecting a bathroom vanity that suits your style and your space is important to create the type of room you want during a bathroom remodeling project in Pompano Beach. Taking the time to evaluate the type of vanity that will best fit your bathroom’s design and meet your everyday needs will make the process of selecting the right vanity much easier.

Choose Your Sinks First

Bathroom vanities serve as support structures for one of the most important features in the room: the sink. Thus, the type and size of vanity you’ll need will depend largely on the type and number of sinks you want. Before you can select a vanity, you’ll need to determine whether you want single or double sinks in your bathroom. Guest bathrooms and powder rooms often only require one sink, but family bathrooms and master bathrooms typically benefit from double sinks. It’s also important to consider the size and the style of sink you prefer, as the sink’s mounting requirements may also affect your options when you move on to vanity selection. Large sinks may require a more substantial vanity, while smaller sinks won’t need the same support structure.

Look at Your Bathroom Layout

The size of the vanity you choose will affect the flow of space within your bathroom. Before you settle on the vanity you want, take a look at your bathroom’s layout and the size and balance of its other features. If your bathroom is smaller and more limited in terms of square footage, a vanity with a smaller footprint will help to maintain a clear footpath and prevent the room from feeling cramped. Alternatively, spacious master bathrooms can often accommodate larger, more ornate vanities, which can provide substantial counter space for both daily grooming and decorative accessories. Choosing a vanity that fits your space is a much better solution than falling in love with a vanity and struggling to make it work in a bathroom that isn’t suited to its size or style.

Consider Your Mirror Preferences

The type of mirrors you prefer will also impact the best type of vanity for your bathroom. Because your vanity will sit directly beneath your mirror and serve as a complementary piece, it’s vital to consider these two features together when developing the style and layout of the room. If you like large, contemporary mirrors, a straight-edged floating vanity will fit well with this style of design, creating a clean and simplistic aesthetic. By contrast, a more ornate bathroom with framed or shaped mirrors could benefit from a vanity more reminiscent of a classical piece of furniture, which will contribute a more luxurious and gilded look.

Our Pompano Beach bathroom and kitchen showroom features both the staff and the product selection you need to make your remodeling project easy, fun, and fashionable. If you’re looking for bathroom vanities, mirrors, accessories, and more, we are here to help—please stop by our showroom or click through our website to learn more about tour products, our services, and our experience. You can also check out our blog to read through the latest bathroom remodeling news, tips, and advice.

Your Bathroom Lighting Options

Lighting your bathroom properly creates a room that is both beautiful and easy to use. While light is absolutely necessary for function, your lighting design should also complement your style choices and can even be used to highlight the features you want to show off most in a newly renovated space. Today, there are many options available when choosing light fixtures and light sources for your bathroom. Understanding the different lighting options at your fingertips and how they will affect the usability and aesthetic appeal of your bathroom will help you make the right choice for your lighting design.

Incandescent Bulbs

An incandescent bulb consists of a filament that is heated as electricity flows through it to give off light. Because of this classic design, incandescent bulbs require more energy to run and have shorter lifespans than newer types of lighting options, such as CFLs and LEDs. However, incandescent bulbs are typically associated with warm light in the yellow or red end of the spectrum. This type of light mimics natural sunlight and promotes relaxation, making it ideal for luxury bathrooms. Design options such as frosted bulbs give off even, soft illumination, while clear bulbs allow you to see the inner structure of the light and are often paired with stylized fixtures.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps

Compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, are a type of energy-saving lamp that uses between one-fifth to one-third of the amount of energy required to light an incandescent bulb. These lights also last much longer than incandescent bulbs. CFLs typically produce light in the bluer range of the spectrum, which is great for focused task lighting around mirrors and vanities. However, CFLs require 30 seconds to one minute of warm-up time when first activated. These lights also have distinct shapes that some homeowners do not prefer, particularly in fixtures that allow a clear view of the source inside. Many CFLs are not dimmable, and should not be used on circuits with dimmer switches meant for incandescent lights.

Light-Emitting Diodes

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are the most versatile and advanced energy-saving lighting option today. LEDs are available with a range of features, including the ability to adjust the color, brightness, and light temperature of your bathroom lighting for exactly the atmosphere you want. Smart LEDs offer wireless connectivity that allows you to adjust light levels from your computer or mobile device. Compared with other lighting options, LEDs require the least amount of energy to use—just six to eight watts—and offer the longest lifetime of 50,000 hours or more. However, while LEDs require even less frequent replacement than CFLs, they are the most expensive lighting option and often require specialized fixtures. If you’re completely redesigning the lighting in your bathroom, installing LED-based fixtures is the smartest move; however, if your bathroom remodel doesn’t include new light fixtures, it’s important to keep in mind that your existing fixtures may not be compatible with LEDs.

The right lighting design, layout, and fixtures will transform your bathroom in to an appealing and comfortable space that you’ll enjoy every day. Smart lighting choices can also help you save money over the long term and improve the results of your other remodeling choices. Our experienced staff can help you choose the best type of lighting design and the most appropriate fixtures during your bathroom remodel in Pompano Beach. You can find out more about bathroom accessories, lighting, and other décor when you click through our blog or browse our selection of bathroom products on our website.

Exploring Bathtub Design and Installation Options

Whether you’re designing a lavish master bathroom or a simple guest bath, a bathtub is a classic feature that offers both convenience and luxury. Bathtubs are the perfect place to relax after a long day, as well as the safest and easiest way for young children and many older adults to bathe. Homebuyers also prefer a home with at least one well-designed tub, meaning that the right bathtub will help your home maintain its salability and value over the years. Bathtubs are versatile features available in both classic and customized styles and designs; with many tub design and installation options available today, it’s easy to find a tub that will suit your bathroom and your home.

Three-Wall Tubs

Three-wall tubs are bathtubs installed within a dedicated alcove and surrounded on three sides by walls. These tubs are the most common and economical design found in homes today, and are often one half of a tub-and-shower combination. Although three-wall tubs are traditional and simple to install, they can feature stunning surrounds and enclosures that allow for endless creativity and style. If you have the room and the budget, you can use the walls surrounding a three-wall tub to create added storage space as well, maximizing both the horizontal and vertical square footage in a smaller bathroom.

Drop-In Tubs

Drop-in tubs are one of the most versatile tub options available. A drop-in tub consists of a molded shell that is simply “dropped” into place inside a platform. This allows you to design exactly the tub enclosure you want, helping your tub to blend in with the style of your bathroom and creating a seamless, finished look. Drop-in tubs are available in a number of shapes and sizes, from traditional rectangular tubs to square- and triangular-shaped tubs. Many drop-in tubs also feature contours designed for comfort and relaxation, as well as varying wall heights so you can choose exactly the shape, size, and style of tub that’s right for you. While the most common drop-in tub design sits above the floor level of your bathroom, undermount tubs are mounted at floor level, creating a soaking tub that you step down into for a more luxurious and Old World feel.

Freestanding Tubs

Freestanding tubs are sculpted tub basins that do not require a platform or surround. These tubs can be either installed permanently within the surrounding flooring, or sit atop your floor on a set of legs. Freestanding tubs are often designed for soaking and comfort, and many feature a design that supports the upper body and allows bathers to sit or lounge within the tub. A freestanding tub typically cannot incorporate jets, but can support a detachable handheld sprayer for ease of bathing. While drop-in and built-in tubs typically sit along at least one wall, a freestanding tub can be placed anywhere within your bathroom, so long as sufficient plumbing exists. This means you can place your freestanding tub in the center of the room or angle it into a corner to create an attention-grabbing feature or make use of otherwise wasted or awkward space.

Our selection of bathtubs and bathroom accessories is the perfect place to start your bathroom remodeling project. Whether you’re looking for a drop-in, freestanding, or walk-in tub in Pompano Beach, we’ll help you find the right model for your home and your budget. You can check out our selection of bathroom tub and shower products on the web, where you’ll also find more ideas and articles on our monthly blog.

A Look at Today’s Popular Shower Design Options

Showers are an effective way to bathe that save time, water, and money, but they are also an important design feature and a modern luxury for your home’s bathrooms. Whether you have a small bathroom layout or a large, open space, the perfect shower design will boost your home’s value, help you save time in the bathroom, and create a personalized retreat when you need to relax after a long day of work or other responsibilities. Remodeling your bathroom is the perfect time to consider updating and changing your shower; today, there are several popular and cost-effective options that allow you to update and improve your shower on any budget. Before you begin, considering the purpose of your remodel and your overall budget will help you make the best design choice to get the greatest return on this important investment.

Walk-In Showers

Walk-in showers are quickly becoming a staple of modern luxury bathrooms. A walk-in shower is a dedicated shower space with either a small lip or no curb at all, allowing you to essentially walk right into the shower from the main bathroom. Walk-in showers typically don’t use curtains to keep water contained, but often use glass or stone walls to enclose the shower. In some cases, walk-in showers feature no surround at all, and instead rely on their location and showerhead design to limit the shower’s splash zone. A walk-in shower is the perfect place to add features such as benches, multiple showerheads, and a stylized surround made from tile, glass, or natural stone. Because walk-in showers are often partially or fully visible from elsewhere in the bathroom, these features can be used as a central design element of your bathroom.

Tub-and-Shower Combinations

Combination tubs and showers are a very common design, especially in older homes and smaller bathrooms. By combining the tub and shower, you can save space in the bathroom while maintaining the versatility to enjoy either a traditional bath or a convenient shower. Larger bathrooms such as spacious master baths can even support a large walk-in shower with a freestanding or built-in tub inside the main shower enclosure. Alternatively, placing a bathtub and a shower enclosure side by side works well in long or narrow bathrooms if you prefer both options but like the idea of separate features. Even smaller, more conservative tub-and-shower combinations have come a long way from their earliest designs—today, beautiful surrounds and options such as sliding glass doors or partial shower screens can turn these features into modern and appealing components of an updated bathroom.

Updating your shower is a great way to enjoy style, luxury, and convenience every day. Our selection of showers and shower accessories, include showerheads, shower pans, shower valves, and shower walls and surrounds in Pompano Beach. You can find out more about the products and brand names we carry when you visit our website, where you can also explore our archive of blog articles for more bathroom remodeling tips and ideas.

Signs Your Bathroom Could Use an Update

Updating your home is a great way to increase its value and improve the comfort and convenience of the spaces you use most every day. Bathrooms are one of the best spaces in your home to update, as these functional rooms play a central role in your daily schedule. Knowing the signs that your bathroom could use an update will not only help you develop a timeline for your bathroom remodel, but also help you choose the areas on which to focus. Paying attention to the problem areas in your current bathroom’s layout or design will improve the results of your remodeling project by ensuring that your new bathroom meets your style preferences and your daily needs.

Your Bathroom Is Stuffy

A stuffy, humid bathroom is one of the least comfortable spaces in which to bathe and dress. If your bathroom feels uncomfortably humid after bathing and you’re constantly wiping off your mirror for a clear view, it’s a sure sign that your bathroom needs an update. The key to reducing heat and humidity in the bathroom is better ventilation. Updating and upgrading your bathroom’s ventilation fan can offer quiet and efficient room ventilation to keep your bathroom from feeling stuffy, hot, and humid after use. Not only will improving ventilation increase your own comfort, but it will prevent issues such as water damage and potential mold growth in the bathroom as well.

Your Water Bills Are High

If you’re unhappy with your water bills, one of the first places to make changes is the bathroom. Especially if your bathroom fixtures are more than a decade old, they are likely using far more water than is truly necessary on a daily basis. Modern water-conscious fixtures can dramatically reduce the amount of water you use in the bathroom every day without requiring you to make any changes in your bathing habits. Rather than making extreme efforts to curb your water use and save money, simply making a cost-effective investment in low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets will have a positive effect on your long-term water usage. Additionally, newer low-flow fixtures are available in a variety of styles and finishes, allowing you to choose toilets, faucets, and showerheads that suit the style of the bathroom you prefer and offer the performance you want for lower water bills.

You Struggle with Your Shower or Tub

Bathing should be a luxury and a convenience, rather than a daily struggle. If your shower enclosure or tub makes getting in and out a hassle, it’s time to consider updating these features for added safety, comfort, and aesthetics. Replacing a poorly designed bathtub or updating an aging shower enclosure will instantly add value to your home, while also increasing the usability of these important everyday features. Choosing a design that’s easy to clean will also minimize the amount of time you spend keeping your bathroom in good shape over the years. If you’re considering aging in place, this is also the perfect time to update your shower or tub with added safety features, such as a curbless design or grab bars to reduce tripping hazards while bathing.

The perfect bathroom remodel begins with the right selection of products to suit your budget, your preferences, and your needs. Our Pompano Beach bathroom showroom is pleased to offer a huge selection of bathroom products, including showers, tubs, sinks, vanities, and mirrors. Please stop by our website or check out our blog for more tips and product information.

Three More Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

On our blog, we’ve already highlighted several benefits associated with remodeling and updating your bathroom. Not only does bathroom remodeling add long-term value to your home, but it also allows you to effortlessly reduce your water and energy consumption for consistently lower monthly bills. However, these aren’t the only benefits associated with updating the features and fixtures in your Pompano Beach bathroom. Keep reading to discover two more great reasons you might want to consider a bathroom remodeling project this year.

Safety

Many older couples consider bathroom remodeling because they want to create a safer, more accessible bathroom as they age in place. However, safety isn’t an issue solely for the elderly or those with mobility concerns. There are several factors and design features that can affect the safety of your bathroom for everyone. Older bathrooms with aging fixtures, wiring, or lighting can pose safety hazards simply due to wear and tear, as well as poor design and layout that affect your ability to see clearly or move confidently. Replacing older outlets with ground-fault circuit interrupters will ensure that water or humidity can’t affect the circuit’s performance. Installing adjustable lighting allows you to create a more visible space around bathing areas at night, which can prevent trips, slips, and other accidents caused by poor lighting. Upgrading outdated or failing fixtures eliminates the risk of leaks, which not only cause water loss, but can also lead to mold growth and even present a significant slipping hazard if standing water accumulates unseen on tile flooring. Finally, updating your tub or your shower with models that are easier to enter and exit will help family members of every age reduce their risk for falls when using the bathroom.

Space

If you’re feeling cramped or in need of more space in your bathroom, remodeling could be the solution to your concerns. When your bathroom’s features aren’t balanced or laid out properly, they can dramatically reduce the amount of available square footage in the bathroom. Furthermore, a bathroom without the layout or features you need will feel cramped even if enough square footage exists. Fortunately, you don’t need to knock out walls or make other drastic changes to the layout of your home to get the space you want from a bathroom remodel. Adopting a bathroom remodeling strategy that makes use of vanities, tubs, showers, toilets, and other features that are sized properly will create visual balance that adds to both the physical and perceived space in this room. Adding double sinks to your master bathroom or converting a little-used tub to a shower will tailor your bathroom to your needs while ensuring you have the space available to use this room easily and comfortably every day.

Our decorative plumbing showroom in Pompano Beach has everything you need for your next bathroom remodeling project. Whether you want to make large changes or small updates, we’ll help you find the features and fixtures you need, from bathroom vanities and mirrors to showers, tubs, and sinks. You can find more remodeling tips, advice and inspiration on our website and our blog.