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5 Steps For Installing A Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure

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A new frameless shower enclosure can make your bathroom look more modern and seem a bit larger than it really is. Installation is fairly straightforward, with just a few simple steps required to make sure the enclosure looks good and fits properly.

1. Choose a Style

There is more than one style of frameless shower enclosure, so make sure you know exactly what you want before installation begins. Glass type is one of the more obvious options, as you can opt for transparent, textured, or frosted glass. There is also a choice of door type, such as rolling or swinging doors. Finally, don't forget to look at the hardware options. There may be no frame, but there are mounting brackets and they come in different styles.

2. Measure the Space

Once you choose the type of enclosure, your installers will come and measure the space. Precise angle measurements as well as the vertical grade of the attachment walls are needed. Angle measurements ensure the right mounting hardware is used, while the vertical grade is needed because walls must be perfectly vertical for proper installation. This is the time to let the installers know about any special considerations, such as the exact door placement, on the enclosure. 

3. Adjust to Fit

Sometimes the space may require some minor repairs or adjustments before installation begins. For example, if the attaching walls are not perfectly vertical and at a right angle to the ceiling and floor, then repairs with plaster or new wallboard may be necessary to ensure a proper fit. If the enclosure is not snug to the walls, then water leaks are more likely to occur.

4. Order Special Parts

This is your chance to add small features and upgrades to the enclosure. Common accessories include things like towel bars for the door or better quality sweeps or seals around doors to prevent leaking. You can also opt for special coatings on the glass, such as ones designed to prevent scratches. If your shower stall isn't a standard measurement, then your installers may also need to create custom-sized glass panels in order to create the surround. 

5. Install the Door

The final step is a full installation, which generally only takes a few hours. Measurements and bracket placement will be transferred to the walls, and then measurements are double checked. Brackets are put in, and the attachment points are sealed so water doesn't seep behind them and into the walls. Finally, the glass enclosures, accessories, and seals are installed. Once done, a leak test is performed and any necessary adjustments are made. 

Contact a frameless glass shower enclosures installation service for more help.