5 Essential Tips Before You Buy a Glass Shower Door
When designing or remodeling your bathroom, you’ll likely need to buy a new glass shower door for your shower area. This may sound easy, but there are some crucially important steps that you should know about before diving in.
For instance, learn how to keep shower water inside the shower. Find out which side the controls and knobs should be installed on. And did you know that you should place an extra stud in a special part of the bathroom wall?
We’re here to help you understand all of this, with simple and easy to understand instructions. Check out all 5 of our essential tips before you buy your next glass shower door.
Whether it’s a new house, an apartment or condo update, or a full bathroom remodel, make sure you have all these steps covered to set your shower up for your success.
1. Close the Shower Door Gap
Contrary to popular belief, frameless shower doors are actually not “watertight”. Instead, they are “water-resistant”.
This means there are gaps between the panel and the door, as well as between the hinge-side and the door. These little spaces will allow a small amount of water to spill out of the shower. This can happen either while you’re showering or cleaning the shower.
In order to minimize the gap and keep water in, you can install an astragal. Adding this will ensure that less water escapes the shower during bathing or cleaning.
The only downside to astragals is that the shower door will now only open out, instead of opening in both directions. But, by installing an astragal, you’ve sealed the gap, creating a less leaky environment.
2. Tilt the Curb into the Pan
Water will quite literally always follow the path of least resistance. In other words, if there’s a hill, water will run down it 100% of the time.
Because of this, you’ll want to ensure that your shower curb is titled into the pan, ever so slightly. It doesn’t need to be a major lean.
So long as the curb is just slightly tilted back toward the shower floor, the water runoff will always flow right back into the pan itself — not onto your bathroom floor.
3. Place the Knobs on the Hinge Side
In a well designed bathroom, the shower controls and knobs are always on the same side as your glass shower door’s hinges. This ensures that you don’t have to lean across the shower head spray zone when turning on the water.
Many people may never even notice this key design principle. However, it is absolutely imperative for a pleasant showering experience.
Otherwise, you may get a cold splash of water every morning — instead of a hot cup of coffee…
4. Keep Your Shower Door Away from the Toilet
This applies in every bathroom, but especially for those that have a tighter, more compact space. You want to check to make sure that your shower door will not interfere with a toilet.
One great solution for this is a sliding glass shower door, since it will have entry on both the front and the back.
This way, you can easily access the shower knobs and controls easily from one end, while entering the shower on the other side, all without getting blocked by the toilet.
5. Add an Extra Stud for the Shower Door Hinge
Finally, we highly recommend that you add an extra stud at the location where the shower door hinge is going to be installed.
While this may not be an available option for everyone, it can be incredibly helpful for installing a new glass shower door in your bathroom.
Don’t worry, there’s usually plenty there to support it.
That being said, we believe that you can never be too cautious. So, if you have the chance, we very much recommend getting that extra stud, just in case.
If you’re shopping for a new glass shower door, we suggest that you keep all five of these important tips in mind. A beautiful, clean shower is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures.
Our essential reminders will help to ensure that yours not only looks great but also functions perfectly every single day.
For the best quality in new glass shower doors, visit us at Century Glass. Our specialists can help you find the ideal design and model for your new shower, no matter what type of bathroom space you have.
Locally based right here in Columbia, SC, we can help you choose your customized glass door, schedule the install, get it done right the first time, and have you on your way to enjoying a brand new custom glass shower, easily and affordably.
Give us a call at 803-256-8134 or visit us online at centuryglasssc.com today.
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