The cost of installing a modular steam shower kit varies greatly depending on the current condition of your bathroom. The good news is it will always be thousands of dollars cheaper than a customer steam shower and usually is more affordable than a standard shower enclosure. Below are a few things you will need to consider before deciding to purchase one of these modular shower kits.
The one expense many people donít take into consideration is the electrical requirements. Good steam showers are going to require at least one 220V power line and a GFCI breaker or a ground fault circuit interrupter. This is a breaker that is similar to your bathroom plugs with the test and reset buttons. Its purpose is to monitor the current going to your shower if the power ever drops (which means you would be getting electrocuted) it shuts itself off in fractions of a second. The electrical cost of the installation ranges from home to home but the average in most areas is around $300 $450 for the breaker and the installation.
To properly install a steam shower kit you will need to have a level finished floor. This ranges in price depending on the floor you are putting in but you will need to tile the entire floor so this will need to be taken into mind. The nice part about these modular showers is they donít have to be tiled. So you will save a good amount of money on tile if you were planning on tiling your walls.
The best part about these steam shower units is the lack of plumbing. They use existing water lines so other than a few small pieces from your local hardware store there is no large cost here. Expect to pay under $25 for the pieces to convert your existing plumbing to the correct type for the steam shower connections. This is one of the main reasons these modular units have become so popular in recent years. They give the average home owner the ability to install a luxury shower without need a plumbing ticket.
One crucial piece of information that is typically left out of most instruction manuals is to silicone the steam shower so it doesnít leak. You will probably spend around $10 on a few tubes of this stuff, not a major expense and it saves problems down the road. If you are unfamiliar with shower installations itís a good idea to check out YouTube and see some video tutorials before you get started. Also many of the steam shower brands have video installation walkthroughs available on YouTube.
Overall installing a modular steam shower is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to convert your bathroom into a luxury day spa. Most installations go off without a hitch and cost less the $500 for the actual installation. Itís a great value for the money and will increase the value of your property if done correctly, it is an investment that you and your family will come to enjoy for years to come.