Shower valve is the control we use in all our shower system. Typically there are two designs of shower valves: the single handled and the double handled design. The traditional design is the two-handled shower valve. The two handles are normally used to balance the water that you would want to come out of your shower head. The two handles constitute the temperature of either hot or cold. By turning it and controlling the water coming out from both outlets going to the shower head, you are able to determine what you feel is the most comfortable and desirable for you. The one-handle, on the other hand, is preferred by more modern designer and homeowners as using one control can easily achieve the desired temperature; there will be no need to mix the temperature as you can achieve your preferred temperature by either turning the knob left to get a colder water or turning it right for a warmer bath.
In reality, there are three types of shower valves; however, two types are being accepted as most safe and convenient. The regular type is the design used by old buildings and houses. Among the three, this is the cheapest and currently not being considered anymore. This type of shower valve does not regulate water temperature and does not help with the pressure as well. Drawbacks of this design are the reason why the next two types of shower valve were introduced what are the type of shower valves.
The pressure balancing valve on the other hand is very useful if you have a problem with water pressure in your home. As water pressure normally alters the temperature of the water coming out of the shower head, getting use of the pressure balancing valve can provide safety as you can set the level of water temperature that can be safe and convenient for your family. Having this feature will ensure that water will not pose harm to the user of disposing too cold or too warm supply. Thermostatic valve on the other hand uses two controls to setup the temperature. This is ideal for people who are sharing bathrooms with others who have different temperature preference that yours. The thermostatic valves are able to give different temperature of water its user.
Shower valve can have different features as well. The telephone design or the hand help shower is designed to help users target a specific part of the body as the shower head can be removed from its mounting pointing it any way you want. The force of water coming out of the sprout can be controlled as well.
Most shower valves come with a shower diverter which aims to send water to the direction going to the tub or anywhere else. The shower diverters are offered in different designs, sizes and shapes. Shower diverter is normally used for bathrooms with bathtubs. The water, when diverted will essentially flow to the tub. This can be very convenient if you do not have any other source of water in the bathroom other than the shower system.