Steam showers are a nice luxury. We’ve found that most clients use their steam feature infrequently, but there are some who use it all the time—we have one client who uses theirs for half an hour every day. So when we install steam showers, mostly on bathroom remodels, we keep that heavy-use client in mind.

In this story, I’ll discuss methods and materials my Northern Virginia–based company has found to be effective for trouble-free steam shower installations. In short, if you fully water- and vapor-proof the shower, provide ample space for the steam generator device along with a good safety pan and drain, and find a way to put ventilation in the shower, it will work for the long term.

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