A Showerdome is a clear acrylic dome fitted to the top of your shower cubicle, preventing steam from escaping. Bathrooms in older homes don’t always have great ventilation – and not everyone likes to shower with the window open. Meanwhile, extractor fans consume energy and need maintenance.
Installing a Showerdome is the simplest, cheapest and most effective way to free your bathroom of steam.
How Does a Showerdome Work?
A Showerdome keeps the moisture-laden air inside the cubicle with you. But that doesn’t mean you’re showering in a misty haze. Steam clouds only form when warm, moist air mixes with cooler air. A Showerdome not only keeps warm air in, but also cool air out. The result? No steam.
The warm air rises until it comes into contact with the acrylic surface, where the moisture condenses back into water and drips down into the cubicle. This is where the dome of Showerdome comes into play. Instead of dripping onto you, the condensation runs down the sides of the dome, away from the centre of the shower, before dripping back down.
Because they don’t allow moisture to escape, GroutPro doesn’t recommend installing Showerdomes over tiled showers as containing the moisture increases the risk of mould growing in the grout and silicone. We recommend fitting an efficient extractor fan. If you’ve got an acrylic shower cubicle, a Showerdome is perfect.
But are Showerdomes any good? Could a Showerdome installation really make that much of a difference? The benefits of a Showerdome go far beyond making your extractor fan redundant.
Mist Free Mirrors and Dry Tiles
Moist air can’t escape from the cubicle, so your bathroom stays dry and your mirrors stay clear.
Reduce Energy Costs
Because the warm air stays inside the cubicle, you can run your shower at a lower temperature, using less hot water.
Prevent Mildew and Mould
In many bathrooms, the battle against mould and mildew is fought with harsh chemicals and regular tile cleaning. A Showerdome keeps your bathroom surfaces dry, depriving mould and mildew of the conditions they need to thrive.
No More Slip Hazards
It doesn’t take a lot for tiles to become slippery and dangerous. Reducing the moisture in the air also reduces the water on your tiles.
Protect Your Bathroom Fittings and Decor
Over time, regular condensation can damage paintwork and warp wood. Plus, if your shower is in an ensuite bathroom, the moisture can escape into the bedroom, gradually damaging your carpets, bedding, clothes and other soft furnishings.
Showerdome Sizes and Shapes
Showerdomes come in a range of shapes and sizes to fit most home showers. The first step is identifying which Showerdome to install.
- Check the shape of your shower cubicle. Is it square, rectangular, triangular or curved?
- Measure the sides of the cubicle from inside the frame.
- Download and view the latest Showerdome shapes and sizes [pdf].
- Select the Showerdome that represents the closest fit to your cubicle.
To form a perfect seal, the correct size and shape will be custom cut to fit your cubicle during the Showerdome installation.
Why work with GroutPro?
Showerdomes are manufactured in New Zealand, with GroutPro an authorised installer for Showerdomes in NZ. Whether you’re in Christchurch, Auckland or anywhere in-between, GroutPro is your Showerdome installation specialist. Not sure which Showerdome is right for you? Our bathroom and tiling experts can advise you.