Shower Door Tips
Most shower door hardware is designed to accommodate certain angles, so whenever possible, plan your shower with this in mind. It will ensure a more cost-effective installation and a properly functioning enclosure. Your shower should be built using 90°, 135°, or 180° angles.
Propper studding behind the wall that will hold your installed shower door is important. Always provide wood studs or blocking where the doors will hinge or where panels are anchored. This is especially true when metal studs have been used in the original construction of the wall.
Any wall that connects or meets a door or glass panel must be completely vertical, or “plumb”, in order to prevent gaps, uneven joints, and hinge “bind”. Any wall that is more than 1/4″ out of plumb will make it very difficult to install a shower properly.
Avoid mounting door hinges and glass clips onto glass tiles, as breakage is likely to occur during and even after installation. This can result in delays in getting the project finished and additional charges from the tile installers for repairs.
A glass transom is located above a frameless glass shower door. It can be fixed or movable. There are several reasons to use a glass transom: Venting steam showers: Steam showers must run floor-to-ceiling for an airtight construction so steam can accumulate. Instead of bringing the door all the way to the ceiling, most steam […]
When planning your shower design keep in mind that Building Code Requirement IRC P 2708.1 (2000 edition) state that all hinged shower doors must open outwards. Hinged shower doors that swing inwards only are not permitted by code. There are reasons this code is in place. The shower enclosure must permit unobstructed access to a […]