About Shower Valves
Single Handle Shower Valves
These valves allow users to control the temperature and volume of water with just one handle. They are often sold with the trim and faucet as part of the kit and come in any style desired. The most popular forms use a standard faucet-like handle, but lever models are also available.
Double Handle Valves
These work with double-handled faucets. The hot and cold water sources are controlled separately for simple operation. These usually come with the handles and trim included. Like their single-handled counterparts, they can also be found without handles or trim. Bare-bones shower valves are good for replacing failed ones when you want to keep your original handles.
Since a plumber can easily install either a single or double handled system, the choice between the two is mostly a matter of preference. The only caveat is that it’s important to read the description for the one you buy. This way, you’ll be sure the box includes everything you need for installation.
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