Monday, December 3, 2012

Shower Design Do's and Don'ts....guest post


Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure Design Tips!
Upgrading to a new glass shower enclosure can be a painstaking process… but with a little bit of meticulous planning, your new shower install will go seamless. The shower design process and pre-planning helps so that moisture is kept INSIDE the shower, leaks are avoided and mold does not form.


Tip 1: The Shower head Position

While it may be common sense, the position of one’s shower head is one of the most vital things to consider when designing your glass shower enclosure. To minimize leakage, you never want your shower head positioned facing the opening of the shower door. You want the shower head to be facing the tiled walls or fixed panels. This will help keep the water inside the shower enclosure, and not on your bathroom floor. In the illustrations above, the first two examples are ideal. Avoid what is shown in the third example.


Tip 2: Raised Tiles and Overhangs

When dealing with odd overhangs and raised tiles, one might wonder the best way to keep the water in one's new shower.

For one, to avoid gaps between the wall and the glass, use a fixed glass panel in your shower design and notch the tile so that the panel can be lined up flush against the wall. The maximum width and depth for notching raised tile is ¾” (depth) and ½” (width). To notch overhangs deeper than ¾” depth, you will need to consult a tile professional. Keep in mind that the enclosure may in some instances still require the use of a metal filler (pictured above right) between the glass and the buttress wall.

Another thing to consider – frameless glass shower enclosures are sealed with a clear silicone. You may be anxious to jump into your brand new shower, but the setting process takes 24 hours. This is to ensure the moisture stays locked in the shower area, and the frameless hardware is fully settled.


Tip 3: Curb Tops

To decrease the likelihood of leaks in your shower enclosure, make sure that the curb top you use is a solid piece of tile, marble, or granite. Avoid a shower curb that is tiled with grout. Water collects in the grout joints and it may be an area where mildew can form. While it may be more expensive, having a solid piece of granite for the curb top (sans any grout lines) fixes this potential problem. See the third picture above to see the ideal curb top for your glass shower enclosure.


Tip 4: Pipes and Wiring

This tip is especially helpful if you're installing a shower in a new section of your home, perhaps an unfinished basement or an expanded bathroom. Be wary of any plumbing pipe and electrical wiring where you will be anchoring your shower enclosure. Anchoring screws may puncture anything behind the studs or walls.

Other tips: Use a glass and mirror company that fabricates their own glass. If there are ever any snares in the installation process, a flexible glass company will be able to fabricate your tempered shower glass in less than a day.

These tips will ensure your shower enclosure avoids leakage and mold, and is easy to clean and maintain. Not to mention, being diligent in your shower enclosure design, ensures that the installers run into zero problems come installation day. One thing is for sure, you will be amazed how a frameless glass shower enclosure is sturdy, lacks ugly and bulky hardware, and keeps the water inside!



About the Author

Shahab Shokouhi is a Writer at Dulles Glass and Mirror -- a manufacturer of commercial and residential glass products including tempered glass, glass top, and glass top desks.

50 comments:

  1. It is vital important that you make sure your edges and ends of the glass plates are installed correctly in the actual frame it self, or else the glass could slip out.

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  3. This is a great guide for people who are planning a DIY project on frameless showers, or a general idea of what they want the installer to do. I’m planning to remodel my bathroom sometime soon, and this will definitely help. Cheers! :)

    Chet Johnston

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  4. Thank you for the informative article! I am currently doing some bathroom remodeling and I’m thinking of replacing our shower with a frameless one. The shower’s not here yet, but it wouldn’t hurt to read ahead. Cheers!

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  7. Thank you for posting this information and photos. I am in the middle of remodeling my master bathroom and I would love to install a standard bi-pass door on my shower. I think it is a beautiful look and it's just something different. Is it going to be a problem if my shower is larger than 60"? Do you know where I could find shower doors portland and shower doors portland oregon ? Thank you for your help.

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  8. Thank you for posting this information and photos. I am in the middle of remodeling my master bathroom and I would love to install a standard bi-pass door on my shower. I think it is a beautiful look and it's just something different. Is it going to be a problem if my shower is larger than 60"? Do you know where I could find shower doors portland and shower doors portland oregon ? Thank you for your help.

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  13. I love this. I will have to be sure to do this and pay careful attention to what I am doing with the shower doors. Thank you .

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  17. The final message, though, should be DO get frameless shower doors. They are amazing. They stay streak free for years, and they look so much better than shower curtains. Thiago | http://www.suburbanglass.ca/en/

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  18. Thanks for the post! I think that glass showers look great! I am in the process of building a new home right now. I want my master bathroom to be very nice, since the one I have right now is very old and small. I want my shower to look similar to that.
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  19. These are things I have never even thought about before. I'm glad I found this before I started working on my shower. I would have hated to re do it because there was mold every where.

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  20. Another important thing to keep in mind is the pitch of your shower curb. You want to keep it between 3/16"-1/4" above level to avoid water from pool on top of the threshold.

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    1. Hello
      Yes, We need to look for the pitch of shower curb. More importantly, we should keep in mind about the thickness of frame less mirrors or glass. It can play a important part in design.

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  21. This shower is stunning, no matter how many times look at it I can't get enough of it. If I could have a glass shower with this kind of stone work around it, I would be in heaven. I love little things like this that keep me dreaming.
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  22. You are right, shower glass doors are definitely a do and not a don't for your home bathroom. They are very beautiful and very well made at the same time. The way that they are made and designed really make things that much better and more worth it too.
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  23. I agree with Jak on this, glass shower doors are definitely a good idea. I have actually been planning on doing a little renovation in my bathroom, and a glass shower enclosure is on my list of things to put in. It's going to be nice to get rid of the tub and shower curtain combo.
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  26. Every time I buy a new house I renew the bathrooms. I love designing my own bathroom! Recently I have been looking for new ideas for my shower doors so thanks for the tips! I have been leaning toward frame-less shower doors recently.
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  28. You didn't include it in your tips, but I'd have to say that the placement of the shower head is more than just for leaks. It also makes a difference with height! I've been in some showers that were clearly designed for someone shorter. It makes for a difficult time.

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  33. I am going to be doing some remodeling in my bathroom this coming spring. It is a good thing I came to this website, since the contractor I was going to use wanted to have the shower head face the door. Even though I told him many times not to do that. Anyways, I will be needing to get a custom shower door made since I am wanting to expand the area of my shower. http://www.southernglassinc.com/index-4.html

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  34. It makes sense that you'd want to have the shower head pointing pretty much anywhere but at the shower door. My parents asked me to help them install a new shower enclosure in their bathroom, since neither of them really know how to do it. At this point, I'm just waiting on them to figure out which door they want to put on the enclosure. After that, it shouldn't be too difficult to put it all together.
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  45. One of the things I like about frameless shower enclosures is the ease of cleaning them. Yes transparent surface seem to develop hard water stains a lot faster than say tile, but remember that, irrespective of the surface you have in your shower, that will happen, it just happens to be more visible, thus making it easier to get clean. On the other hand, if it is designed and constructed properly, that will seldom happen, provided you maintain a good cleaning schedule, you might not even see it happen.

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