10 Things Architects Should Consider Before Choosing a Shower Supplier

Architects: Read this before you choose a shower supplier for your next project

Choosing the right shower manufacturer is a crucial decision when it comes to bathroom design. More often than not, architects prefer to work with their default trusted manufacturers due to the impact it can have on the overall project.

However, it’s important to explore different options and consider several factors before deciding on your shower manufacturer, as each project is unique in its design and specification requirements.  

Whether your aim is to establish a long-term partnership with a dependable shower manufacturer, find the perfect collaborator to address a specific design obstacle, or simply explore available options, then read on to find out what are the 10 things Architects should consider before engaging with a shower supplier.  

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1. Risk Mitigation

Mitigating risk on your next project is (or should be) one of the most important things to consider when specifying a shower system for your next project.  We’ve seen far too many times companies calling us back because they’ve used poor shower suppliers that did not offer high-quality products or made poor shower installations that ended up in leaky showers, costing thousands of dollars in repairs.

Look for shower manufacturers like Newline Showers, who take pride in manufacturing shower systems that are true and tested, and help you mitigate risk by offering a full-offer solution – from shower supply, to install, to warranty cover.

2. High-Quality Products

Needless to say, procuring a shower manufacturer that takes prides over offering high-quality products will save you thousands of dollars and many headaches on the long run! Think long-term, will choosing a shower manufacturer solely on lower cost bring you project on the long run? For example, you may pay $150 cheaper on a tray, but does the shower manufacturer offers a decent warranty or are the products known to perform as they claim, and do they last for a long time?

3. Shower Supplier's Flexibility

When it comes to designing a bathroom, the ability to create a customized solution that perfectly meets the unique requirements of each project is a significant advantage. 

Unfortunately, some shower manufacturers only offer standard shower systems that only align with rigid measurements, therefore not allowing space for creativity or flair in your design. Look for manufacturers that understand the importance of providing customisable designs, with tailored solutions that will meet your project’s specific requirements.  

By choosing a shower manufacturer that values flexibility in manufacturing, you ensure that your vision is realized without compromising on design or functionality. Whether it’s making minor modifications or incorporating specific features, a manufacturer that provides the option of customization empowers you to create a shower solution that seamlessly integrates into your overall project.

4. High-Performing Shower Systems

Every project will have different requirements, for example, if you’re specifying for a multi-storey building, where tiled shower enclosures will be added, we suggest you look for tiled over solution systems such as a DryFit™, which will enable you to have the waterproof assurance of an acrylic system, and the appeal of a tiled shower.

For acrylic shower enclosures, for example, looking for high-quality, sanitary grade acrylic liners will ensure they won’t go yellow or fade over time. If you want to know more about acrylic shower enclosures, have a look at our blog on the ‘5 Things To Know Before You Buy an Acrylic Shower Enclosure’.  

5. Compatibility with Design

Architects should consider how the shower design aligns with the overall bathroom aesthetics. Look for manufacturers that offer a diverse range of shower designs, finishes, and customizable options. For example, here at Newline Showers, we offer a variety of shower enclosures such as curved, square, rectangular or neo options. As well, as colour upgrades, like brushed brass, and gun metal to name a few. Having this variety of bathroom products allows you to select showers that seamlessly blend with the desired style and design theme of the project.

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6. Accessibility and Universal Design

For projects that require accessible bathrooms architects should ensure the showers meet the necessary accessibility requirements. The relevant Acceptable Solution is G1/AS1 in the G1 Compliance Document which also cites NZS 4121:2001, the Standard for access and facilities for people with disabilities.

While Table 2 does not mandate the installation of showers in most commercial or communal non-residential buildings, such as clubrooms and halls. Showers are required in “places of active recreation” like swimming pools and gymnasiums according to Table 2. MBIE provides a free pdf download copy of NZS 4121 : 2001 here. 

7. Fast Lead Times

Efficient project management often demands quick turnaround times. Architects should consider shower manufacturers that can deliver products within tight schedules, minimizing project delays. Look for providers known for their fast lead times and reliable logistic systems that ensure a timely delivery. For example, here at Newline Showers we have warehouses in Tauranga and Christchurch, making our distribution to both islands much faster and more efficient. 

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8. Maintenance and Serviceability

Consider the ease of maintenance and serviceability when specifying showers. Manufacturers that provide comprehensive product documentation, spare parts availability, and readily accessible customer support ensure that any maintenance or repair needs can be addressed efficiently, prolonging the lifespan of the showers.

9. Reliable Shower Supply Provider

Collaborating with trustworthy providers is paramount. Look for manufacturers or suppliers with a proven track-record of delivering high-quality products, excellent customer service, and decent warranty. This ensures a smooth and hassle-free experience throughout the procurement and installation process. There is nothing worse than dealing with shower manufacturers that over promise, and under deliver.  

Newline Showers has over 40 years of experience, in manufacturing, selling, and distributing high-quality shower systems to several major commercial projects as well as for Group Home Buildings in New Zealand. 

10. User Demographics

Collaborating with trustworthy providers is paramount. Look for manufacturers or suppliers with a proven track-record of delivering high-quality products, excellent customer service, and decent warranty. This ensures a smooth and hassle-free experience throughout the procurement and installation process. There is nothing worse than dealing with shower manufacturers that over promise, and under deliver.

In Conclusion

When specifying showers for building projects, architects should prioritize the quality of showers, partner with reliable shower manufacturers, consider compatibility with the design, emphasize water efficiency, and account for accessibility and universal design requirements. Fast lead times, technological advancements, tried and tested products, ease of maintenance, and cost-effectiveness are also critical factors to consider. By evaluating these eleven key aspects, architects can make informed decisions and ensure they are building a bathroom ‘for a lifetime’.

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