You’ve finally made the decision – it’s time to upgrade your out-of-date shower with a new custom glass enclosure!
Be prepared to see your bathroom in a whole new light, with more open space and a modern look!
Before you get started, though, you will want to make yourself familiar with the aesthetic touches you want and the structural elements you’ll need to ensure maximum functionality and impact. You don’t need to become an expert on the matter, but understanding the fundamentals can help ensure that the contractor you choose is building your new enclosure the right way.
Having these five steps completed before you pick your upgraded glass enclosure will save you time, stress and streamline the decision-making process
1. Pick Your Style: Shower, Pivot or Tub- Take a look at the space where your shower door will go. Do you have a narrow stall shower? A pivoting shower door (with or without a track) is the right choice. Will your shower door cover a bathtub? Pick the sliding tub door. If you’ve got a wider shower stall, choose the sliding shower door.
2. Raised Tiles and Overhangs- It is the goal of any professional installation to ensure that nothing interferes with the door’s movement and leave no gaps between the door and the wall. This situation can often arise with raised decorative tiles or overhanging tiles, but these can be modified to allow for proper door usage. You should note, however, this is sometimes done using filler, which may negatively impact the look of the finished product.
3. Angles to Use- Plan for your shower to be built using 90°, 135°, or 180° angles. Most shower hardware is designed to accommodate these angles, so planning ahead can help guarantee the enclosure will function correctly and remain cost-effective.
4. Support For Shower Doors and Hardware- Make sure the wall where you plan to install your hinged door has the proper studding support behind it. Doubled 2x4s is best, but a single 2×4 will work. Additionally, provide wood studs or blocking where doors hinge or panels are anchored, especially if metal studs were using in the original construction of the wall.
5. Shower Head Position Insider tip: If possible, make sure to position your shower head toward tiled walls or fixed panels. This minimizes leakage. Whatever you do, never place your shower head opposite another door or opening unless you have a low-flow shower head or one that points straight down to the floor.