Ahlen, April 2014. – Builders and modernisers today are increasingly shifting towards floor-level showers with easy, barrier-free access. Whereas tiled shower floors were still considered stylish up until a few years ago, today’s aesthetic and innovative product solutions have come to set entirely new standards. Specialists now frequently recommend enamelled shower surfaces made by premium supplier KALDEWEI whose various products have won some 100 design awards. Produced with state-of-the-art technology using high-quality materials, enamelled shower surfaces clearly outperform tiles in wet areas.
Tiles are yesterday – today’s style favours seamless surfaces
The floor-level shower has become a megatrend thanks in the main to its exclusive design language, advancing to feature as a standard in modern bathrooms. With generous space to move around and barrier-free access, it promises a special shower experience for a greater quality of life. In the last years, bathroom planners often solved the problem of flush-to-floor showers simply by tiling the entire wet area. Tiled floors with grouted joints and waste outlets, however, proved less than appealing from a visual aspect. While elaborate sealing systems today reduce the risk of moisture penetration, they cannot fully protect against unhygienic or porous grout. Tiled shower areas therefore are now considered outdated even among experts: Complicated installation, laborious cleaning and care, poor structural safety, and an unsightly appearance after only a short while all speak against fully tiled wet areas.
The trend today is towards shower areas without grout joints using a superbly hygienic material of superior quality that has proved itself for decades in the bathroom: steel enamel. Enamelled shower surfaces are installed flush-to-floor with a seamless surface that makes it easy to clean and protects permanently against damage caused by moisture penetration. Designing the shower area in individual style with enamelled shower surfaces is no longer wishful thinking thanks to the diversity of models, sizes, technical solutions and colours available. Today, shower surfaces are offered not only in the usual sanitary colours, but also in many natural matt shades that integrate harmoniously with the surrounding bathroom architecture. Style-conscious suppliers such as KALDEWEI devise their showers in consultation with noted international designers to ensure that the products fully meet the requirements of design and comfort.
Evolution of the shower for perfectly designed floor-level wet areas
KALDEWEI has played a key role in the evolution of the established 14 cm deep shower tray measuring 90 x 90 cm with pioneering spirit and a great sense of style. Its Conoflat model is the first floor-level enamelled shower surface with a flush waste cover made of steel enamel. The latest development to come from KALDEWEI marks the current pinnacle in the evolution of the shower: Xetis is the world’s first enamelled shower surface with an integrated wall outlet. With more than 40 standard sizes and optionally customised special designs, KALDEWEI offers floor-level enamelled shower surfaces to suit the individual requests and requirements of its customer.
Experts join recommendation of seamless steel enamel shower surfaces
Enamelled shower surfaces are also endorsed by experts as the perfect solution for a flush-to-floor design of the shower area. Verified hygienic properties, secure installation and drainage systems, multi-award winning designs, convincing material properties, and quality guaranteed for 30 years make enamelled shower surfaces from KALDEWEI the first choice for builders and modernisers.
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Its purist design has earned the Conoflat enamelled shower surface from KALDEWEI seven design awards to date, including the prestigious “Best of Best” interior innovation award. 21 sizes and 34 colour options make this model an allrounder in the bathroom.
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KALDEWEI’s latest development is a seamless enamelled shower surface with integrated wall outlet: Xetis blends harmoniously with the bathroom floor, its waste outlet discreetly positioned behind the wall so as not to disrupt the purist design of the seamless surface made of superior KALDEWEI steel enamel.
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Xetis is the first enamelled shower surface with integrated wall outlet. Flush-to-floor, it provides barrier-free access and acts as a characteristic design element without the usual floor drain. With an impressive drainage performance of one litre per second it also scores from a technical aspect. Available in 13 sizes and 34 colours.
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The enamelled shower surface Superplan Plus from KALDEWEI is available in twelve different sizes and 34 colours. Made of the same durable steel enamel as the shower, the waste cover in the same colour as the tray ensures stability and comfort underfoot.
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KALDEWEI’s Coordinated Colours Collection comprises a modern selection of matt steel enamel shades that perfectly match the colours of tiles available in the shops ensuring that the enamelled shower surface combines harmoniously with the bathroom style.
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Installation system frames from KALDEWEI are reliable solutions to aid the installation of enamelled shower surfaces. Installed with a height as low as 49 mm, they are easy to adjust where necessary.
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