As proven thousands of years ago until this very day, steam baths aid in detoxification, improving circulation and speeding up of cell metabolism in the body. The steam room is a chamber that is highly humid, allowing you to enjoy wet steam bathing. Sometimes, steam rooms are used in combination with a sauna, thus allowing users to have alternate sessions between dry heat and wet steam.
Whether you are building a new or renovating a steam shower there are things that you need to consider. You have to always remember the necessity of water-resistant materials (such as stone or ceramic tile) to entirely cover your shower-enclosure walls and ceilings. Avoid using construction materials that may corrode or decay. Painted drywall, which is often used above one-piece steam shower units, is not recommended.
The door of the enclosed home steam bath must also be specially designed to contain the water vapor or moisture. The door must seal to its frame with a good weatherstrip. A gap of about 1 inch should be present across the bottom. All inside surfaces must also be completely sealed. All openings or gaps like pipe entry, shower head, steam heads, and faucet plumbing must be sealed with a mildew-resistant silicone.
The ceiling height of the steam bath should be restricted to a maximum of 7 to 8 feet. The ceiling and seats must be sloped or curved to allow the condensed steam to flow down the wall and prevent it from dripping on your skin. It is not advisable to provide ceiling vents. But if ducts and vents are used, they must be made of non-ferrous material and should be equipped with a damper. A floor drain must also be provided for cleaning and draining other water.
Steam heads should be approximately 6 to 8 inches above the bathroom floor to give space for the dispersal of the steam. However, if you combine a steam shower with a bathtub, the steam head should be of the same distance (6-8 inches) above the rim of the bathtub so people will least likely lean on them.
The least expensive system control panel is a simple on / off switch with a timer. A thermostat may be added to maintain the right steam temperature. The control should be air switch type or low-voltage relays to reduce the risk of electrocution. Lastly, the steam generator, which is considered as the heart of every steam room, should be accessible for servicing wherever it is placed. The best place should be dry and will not be damaged by winter snow.
Now that you have built the perfect steam room, the next best thing to do is to enjoy it. You can wrap yourself in a fresh clean towel and recline or sit comfortably inside while you massage any painful body parts. Drinking lots of purified water will also be beneficial while staying inside the steam room. Now isn’t that refreshing?