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4 Tips To Keep In Mind When Installing Your Shower Enclosure

by Dawn Henry

When you have decided to switch from your old bathtub with a shower curtain to a glass shower enclosure, there are some things that you need to keep in mind. This type of project takes meticulous planning, especially if you want the installation process to go smoothly. Here are four things that you need to keep at the forefront of your mind as you are designing and installing your shower enclosure.

Tip #1: Correctly Position Your Shower Head.

Although some may view this as common sense, it is often overlooked by many. When you are installing your shower head, make sure that you consider its position first. In order to minimize leakage from your shower enclosure, you need to ensure that your shower head does not face the opening of the door. Instead, the shower head should always face the wall. This helps to ensure that water stays inside the shower rather than flooding your bathroom floor.

Tip #2: Avoid Gaps with Raised Tiles and Overhangs.

If you have raised tiles or odd overhangs, then you want to avoid gaps between the glass and the wall. In order to do this, you will need to notch the tile and use a fixed glass panel. As a general rule, you should only go about ¾ of an inch deep when notching the raised tile, especially if you are doing it yourself. A skilled professional could do deeper, if necessary. Keep in mind, in some cases, it may still be necessary to use a piece of metal filler between the buttress of the wall and the shower glass.

Tip #3: Opt for a Solid Piece Curb Top.

In order to reduce the possibility of leaks within your shower enclosure, you want to ensure that your curb top is a single, solid piece of tile, granite or marble. You want to avoid a curb top that has multiple pieces of tiles and is filled with grout. This is because the water will begin to collect in the joints, which is an area that may invite the growth of mildew and other bacteria. A solid piece will likely be more expensive, but it's worth it in the end to minimize the likelihood of mildew or mold growth and leaks.

Tip #4: Watch Out for Existing Pipes and Wiring.

If you're dealing with new construction, then this probably isn't a problem. However, if you're building a bathroom in an unfinished basement or are expanding your current bathroom, then you need to be careful with the existing plumbing and electrical wiring. The last thing you want is to anchor a screw into the wall and puncture a pipe or wire.

Because of the possibility of serious damage if you are not skilled this type of installation, it may be wise to consult with a professional who specializes in shower enclosures.