Although you don't spend a lot of time in your bathroom, you want it to look nice and not cause any problems. There are many aesthetic and structural elements that need to be considered when it comes to a glass shower enclosure. Here are five design tips to help ensure that your shower is functional and attractive:
1. Plan Ahead for Angles.
Most shower enclosures are built using one of three angles: 90 degrees, 135 degrees or 180 degrees. This is because the majority of shower hardware has been designed to accommodate these specific angles. This information can help you determine the best place in the bathroom for the shower while ensuring you have a functional and cost-effective enclosure.
2. Make Sure There Is Adequate Wall Support.
Before a glass shower enclosure is installed, it is important to ensure that there is adequate support in the walls to hold the shower doors up. For that reason, wood studs are crucial in the areas where panels and doors will be anchored and hinged. Your contractor may be okay with single 2x4 studs, but some may prefer to have double 2x4 studs just to be safe.
3. Shower Curb or No Shower Curb?
Another thing that you need to consider is whether you want a shower curb or if you prefer that it be flush with the shower floor. If you are building a shower enclosure that is handicap accessible, then opting for no curb is better.
However, if this isn't a necessity, then a curb can be helpful in keeping water from leaking onto the bathroom floor and causing damage. If you do opt for a shower curb, make sure that it is slanted at a small degree slope toward the inside of the shower, which will help the water flow toward the shower drain.
4. Avoid Anchoring to Glass Tiles.
If your shower enclosure is going to consist of glass tiles, then it is important to plan around these. You should never anchor or hinge doors to glass tiles, as they can break. This will cause you to spend more money for repairs and possibly the relocation of or major changes to the shower unit.
5. Position Your Shower Head Carefully.
You may not think about it until you get in to take a shower after the installation, but the placement of your shower head is very important. It needs to be positioned so that it faces toward fixed panels or tiled walls in order to minimize leakage into the bathroom. The shower head should never be placed opposite an opening. The only exception here is if you have a low-flow shower head or if the shower head points directly to the floor.
A glass shower enclosure can help make the bathroom feel and look larger, but it's important that it is installed correctly to avoid any major problems. It's always best to have a professional tackle such a project, especially when it comes to the plumbing. To learn more, contact a company like Glass-Pros with any questions or concerns you have.