How to Build a Steam Shower

The process of building a steam shower requires some important steps. Let's see how to build it.
DecorDezine Staff Oct 27, 2018
As there are many health benefits of a steam bath, many home owners opt for it instead of installing the usual bathroom shower. Steaming for 20 minutes, after a hectic work schedule, helps in body relaxation and also relieves stress.
Medical studies have revealed that it promotes skin health, detoxifies the body, and helps to treat sinus and other breathing problems. Hence, it is often practiced as a home remedy to treat nasal congestion and respiratory disorders.
The features are more or less similar to a typical bathroom shower, except that an additional steam generator is installed in the former case. This serves in producing water vapor (by heating water) in order to fill up the room.
One of the major concerning factors is the high cost of residential steam showers. In order to overcome this, you can consider building one on your own. Another option is to convert the traditional bathroom into a steam shower room by installing a steam generator.

Building Process

During the installation, it is always advisable to follow the manufacturers guidelines. In case, you are not confident about plumbing and electrical fixation, you can take the help of a professional plumber and electrician.
The first and foremost step is to decide the location and size of the steam shower room. If possible, the ceiling height should be made less than eight feet so as to accumulate maximum steam. For proper drainage, you can create a slope to the ceiling of the room and floor.
Based on the size of the room, consult the manufacturer about the correct steam generator. It should be connected with an electricity and a water line. Mainly, it is connected to a 240 volt electricity line. The common problem faced is the leakage of water vapor from the shower enclosure to the main bathroom, which in turn may damage the wallpaper and paint.
Steam leakage also increases the chances of fungal growth in the walls, which can lead to certain respiratory diseases. Hence, to avoid all these issues, steam shower should be installed with a special shower door and the enclosure should be made waterproof.
Before purchasing the door, make sure to measure the dimension in such a way that the new door is custom-fit to the existing size after closing. Doing so will ensure that there is no leakage of hot water vapor outside the enclosure. While buying the door, always choose the one with superior quality.
For making the enclosure waterproof, tile the bathroom or walls, floor, and ceilings by practicing the usual way of tiling. Ensure that the joints and connections are sealed with silicone. Another option of waterproofing the enclosure is by making use of glass. As per your choice, you can place a bench inside to sit on, to enjoy the steam bath even more.
So, if you thinking to install one for your home go ahead. Relaxing in a steam shower after a tiring day is totally worth it.