Are you thinking about making a steam room in your bathroom? It is one o the easiest and most affordable ways to reap the benefits of heat therapy at your home.
Not to mention, having a steam shower in your house allows you to actively partake in heat sessions and improve your health.
So, it’s a win win situation.
The question is how do you go around transforming your bathroom into a steam room?
In this blog, we are going to be discussing exactly that. We will talk about the area requirements, electrical appliances, and the measures you need to take to build the perfect steam room for your needs.
But before we get into it, let’s first understand the safety requirements for the same.
While it is usually a good idea to get an expert to do the installation, with certain safety measures you can build your own steam room. Building a steam room requires the use of a lot of tools and a few types of machinery. Make sure you are following the safety guidelines for each tool and are equipped with proper protection.
The tools you will need:
Alright. Now that we have the safety precautions and the tools in order, let’s get building.
The first thing to assess is the kind of bathroom you have. If you already have a shower stall installed, you will have to remove it or at least modify it to work with your steam room.
Of course, building your own shower stall from scratch will help you set up your steam shower more conveniently.
Basically, you will need an area that can be sealed off from all directions. Install a stall door in your bathroom and have it enclosed from top-to-bottom.
Most bathrooms have stall doors that have openings above and below to let the steam out. If you are building a steam shower, you need to avoid this.
If you have a tub/shower combo, you will need to do a quick remodeling of the tub wall to replace it with a wall/door system that stores steam.
Next up, you have to make sure your bathroom is steam-friendly. What this means is that you have to ensure the walls in your shower are conductive and can withstand the heat of the steam. Also, there shouldn’t be any cracks on the walls or floors as heated air can permeate even in the smallest of cracks.
Check your tiles and grout and make sure they are steam-ready. You might have to install new tiles and panes in your bathroom before you transform it into a steam shower. Go with porcelain for floor tiles. Use paper-faced or film-faced glass tiles for the walls. And lastly, make sure your bathroom floor is on a slope for easy drainage. Use textured tile or anti-skid strips on the floor to avoid slipping.
Another important factor to consider is waterproofing. Make sure the shower is completely sealed off by an insulated watertight door. Steam shower doors require a special gasket to keep the heat from dissipating.
Lastly, make sure to not exceed the steam shower height by 8 feet. Anything above that mark will require a more powerful steam generator.
Now that we are done with setting up the ground for the steam shower, let’s get into the appliances:
Finding the Right Steam Generator
First and foremost, you need to find the right steam generator for your needs. By needs, we mean the size and dimension of your bathroom, the number of people who will be taking steam shower at once, and the amount of steam you want inside your washroom.
The generator itself can be installed around 60 feet away from the washroom. You will be able to fit a steam generator in a closet or heated attic/basement. The size of the generator you need also depends on the material, capacity, and height.
We have already listed the most important factors you should consider before buying a for choosing the best steam room generator. Here’s your link to the blog: 7 Things To Consider While Choosing A Steam Bath Generator
Next up is the control that you will be using to manage steam sessions. Steam shower control is installed inside the shower.
A steam control allows you to switch on the steam room directly from the steam room, providing you with a convenient way to enjoy your steam shower.
Steam bath controls have also evolved over the years to get more sophisticated and aesthetic. Earlier, they used to come with buttons and switches and you had to manually flip every switch around to get your desired outcome in the steam shower.
Now, steam generators come in touch controls and with a user-friendly interface, making steam shower control easy to access. You can install a steam shower control either on the inside or outside of the steam room.
We suggest you install it inside the steam room to avoid going out of the steam room every time you have to set the temperature.
Again, we have written a blog about the best steam controls in 2022. So, if you want more information, you can check it out here: 5 Best Steam Bath Controls To Enhance Your Steaming Experience.
Placing the Steam Head
The steam shower head is the apparatus which the steam will release from. There are certain considerations for installing an optimum steam shower head in your bathroom. Firstly, you will have to make sure the steam shower head is installed 6-12 inches above the floor. Also, keep the steam head on the opposite side of the seating area so you can get comprehensive steam coverage in your bathroom.
Lastly, make sure the steam head is cool to the touch to avoid accidents and other hazards.
You don’t want to be standing in your steam shower throughout the session. Steam shower sessions can last as long as 45 minutes. Therefore, proper seating arrangements must be made inside the shower itself.
Make sure to install water-proof, corrosion-resistant seats inside your steam room so you can sit back and relax during your session.
If space is an issue, get a flip-up wall-mounted shower seat. You can easily flip them up once you are done with the session.
If you are truly passionate about steam shower sessions, we suggest you get a comfortable and convenient seat. Go with water-proof materials like Teak, Redwood, and Cedar.
There are a few add ons that you can integrate into your steam shower to make your sessions more comfortable and effective. Here are a few examples:
Extra Shower Head
If you are looking for steam and need customized options with your steam output, you can do so by installing extra steam heads around your steam room. It will help make an even flow of steam inside your bathroom, providing you with optimum heat session benefits.
A timer helps you set the time for the steam to be ready and released inside the premises. While it doesn’t take long for steam to generate and fill in the cabin, a timer will help you set the exact time.
Touchscreen controls allow you to set the steam room temperature, play music, and of course lighting and aromatherapy control.
Aromatic Essential Oils
Did you know you can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy while taking a steam shower? For enhanced health benefits, integrated aromatherapy in your steam room.
Aromatherapy is the process of using natural plants extracts to promote health and well-being. Aromatherapy uses essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body and the mind.
You can also customize the lighting in your steam room for a more targeted Chroma therapy. Make sure all the light fixtures are vapor-sealed to avoid electrical damage.
You can install a sound system in your steam room and enjoy your favorite tracks while taking a steam shower. You can also change the songs, decrease and increase volume, and set the equalizer.
You can choose to install a custom steam room or a full-fledged modular steam shower in your washroom. The type of shower you choose will determine the type of steam shower you install.
Thankfully, unlike a wooden sauna built using timber such as hemlock, cedar, etc., you don’t need wood to build a steam room. And this reduces both labor and costing.
Most modular steam rooms are made of acrylic. These are designed to protect your walls. They usually come with showerheads, steam generators, doors, and seats. Moreover, there are also standard showerheads and bath faucets. Modular showers are easy to install and can be fitted in your washroom easily.
If you need a custom steam shower, you will have to get all the parts separately. For a custom steam shower installation, you can reach out to us. We can help you set up the steam room of your dreams with all the essential and additional features that you might need.
Steam Roof FAQs
What’s the difference between a steam shower and a sauna?
The most basic difference between a steam shower and a sauna is the type of heat they produce. Steam rooms produce moist heat, which means steam rooms are humid. Saunas, on the other hand, produce dry heat. Dry heat is when the temperature around you is high with little to no moisture.
Saunas also operate at a higher temperature compared to steam rooms.
Who can use steam rooms?
Anyone can use steam rooms to reap the benefits of heat therapy sessions. In fact, a steam room is the ideal spot for an optimum release of heat-shock proteins.
However, there are certain health issues that may restrict you from using steam rooms. For instance, pregnant women, young children, and older individuals are advised to not spend time in a steam room. Moreover, if you are underlying any heat conditions, consider talking to your doctor before installing a steam room in your bathroom.
How much water does a steam shower use?
Depending on the size of the steam generator, your steam shower should use 2-3 gallons of water for a 20-minute session. The number of steam heads, shower size, and stall materials also determine the amount of water being used in a steam room.
How does a steam room work?
From a user’s perspective, you only have to press a button and it will summon the required amount of steam for you to enjoy your session. Technically speaking, an electric valve in the steam generator comes in contact with a gallon of cold water. The generator heats up using the electricity and ends up boiling the water. A pipe provides a channel for the vapor to escape to the steam head, thus filling the cubicle with steam.
What are the benefits of steam rooms?
Steam rooms offer similar benefits as a sauna. Taking steam sessions every day can help you recover your body after a workout, loosen stiff joints, reduce stress, open up sinuses, and burn calories.
What are the etiquettes of using a steam room?
When it comes to etiquette in a sauna or steam room, the first thing to consider is the choice of clothing you wear in a steam room. A cotton towel should be ample enough. Make sure to carry a bottle of water with you so you don’t get rehydrated.
How much does a steam shower cost?
Steam shower prices may vary according to the size, capabilities, features, and installation process. Typically, a fully modular steam shower will cost you somewhere between $3000 to $5000.
For custom steam showers, the price can go as high as $15000.
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Benefits of Making a Steam Room in Your Bathroom
Before we proceed ahead, let us examine some of the advantages of possessing a steam room:
Steam Room vs. Steam Shower: Picking One
A steam shower is a type of shower enclosure that is specifically designed to produce steam. It comes equipped with a small generator that heats water and releases steam into the enclosure, creating a relaxing and therapeutic experience. Steam showers are typically smaller in size and can easily fit into a standard shower stall. They are easy to install and can be enjoyed by anyone looking for a spa-like experience in the comfort of their own home.
A steam room is a specially designed enclosure for steam bathing that can be installed as a prefabricated unit or built into your bathroom. Unlike steam showers, steam rooms are typically larger and can accommodate multiple people at once. They are a great option for those who enjoy the benefits of steam-bathing with others.
Which One is Right for You?
Choosing between a steam room and steam shower can be as tricky as choosing between a traditional sauna and infrared sauna. However, when deciding between them, there are a few things to consider:
When deciding between them, there are a few things to consider:
Factors to Consider Before Creating a Steam Room
Size and Location of the Room
Your steam room needs to be big enough to accommodate the number of people you want to use it. It's also important to choose a location that is easily accessible and has adequate ventilation.
Steam Generator Size and Power Consumption
The size of the generator will depend on the size of the room and the desired steam output. A larger room will require a larger generator to produce enough steam to fill the space. In addition to size, power consumption is also a crucial factor to consider. A steam generator with a higher power output will consume more energy and result in higher operating costs. It is important to balance the desired steam output with the energy efficiency of the generator to ensure optimal performance and cost-effectiveness.
Compatible Steam Head
Look for a steam head that is made of corrosion-resistant materials and can handle the room's size and steam output. A compatible steam head will ensure efficient and safe steam production.
Non-porous Tile Material
When creating a steam room, it's important to choose non-porous tile material to prevent moisture from seeping through and causing damage. Porous materials like natural stone or unglazed ceramic can absorb moisture and harbor bacteria. Consider using porcelain or glass tiles for a durable and hygienic steam room.
These were some important factors to consider while deciding on creating your steam room. For more in-depth insight and knowledge, it’s best if you contact a professional. Our team can help you figure out the best option and guide you to making the steam room you prefer. Regardless of whether you follow a DIY approach or contact a professional, we would like to keep you well-informed by sharing some tips to maintain a steam room. This will help ensure you know the best practices and also have something to talk about if you are going to consult a professional.
Tips for Maintaining Your Steam Room
Maintaining your steam room is just as important as creating it. So, keep in mind these basic yet important points to better maintain your steam room.
Clean Your Steam Room Regularly
To prevent mold and mildew growth, it's important to clean your steam room regularly. Wipe down the walls and floor with a non-abrasive cleaner, and make sure to clean the steam head and generator as well.
Ventilate Your Steam Room
Proper ventilation is essential in a steam room. Make sure that your steam room has adequate ventilation to prevent excess moisture buildup, which can lead to mold and mildew growth.
Use High-Quality Essential Oils
Using high-quality essential oils can enhance your steam experience and provide additional health benefits. Make sure to use oils that are specifically designed for use in steam rooms and follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.
Follow the Manufacturer's Maintenance Guidelines
To ensure that your steam room continues to function properly, it's important to follow the manufacturer's maintenance guidelines. This includes regular inspections and maintenance of the steam generator and other components.
Check for Leaks
Regularly check for any leaks in your steam room, including around the door and the steam head. If you notice any leaks, make sure to seal them immediately to prevent excess moisture buildup.
If you find yourself in a confusing state of mind, feel free to approach our professionals at Steam and Sauna Experts. Being experienced with steam sauna bath services, we will not only educate you about the ideal options as per your scenario, but also provide professional installation and after-sales service to keep you busy enjoying your steam shower while we do all the manual work for you (and, at an affordable range).
We hope this guide helped you set up a steam room in your bathroom. If you need any help with the choice of parts or installation process, you can reach out to us.
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