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Shower Design FAQs


Glass thickness

Most frameless showers are 3/8" thick, but we encourage customers to consider 1/2" glass for an extra luxurious feel and also for additional stability if panels are wider than 30"


Hardware selections

Most frameless showers are built with "C-Pull" handles and wall hinges. Hardware finishes are available in chrome, brushed nickel, gold, oil rubbed bronze and other finishes to match your bathroom fixtures. Through the glass towel bars and robe hooks are also available. Custom hardware selections can be seen in our showrooms or on-line from C.R. laurence , Portals and Century Bath Works.


Channel or clips, how to fasten stationary panels

Most of our frameless showers are designed and built with no header and without clips for a cleaner and more elegant look. A channel is a discreet 1/2" metal between the glass and the tile. It provides a leak proof seal. Some customers want clips, which are 2" by 2" metal brackets. With clips, there is a gap between the tile that must be caulked and need to be maintained if it gets mildewed. Mainly, its a design choic that is up to you. Occasionally, design considerations and customer preferences require the use of headers across the top of the glass or the use of braces to hold the stationary panels, partcularly for neo-amgle showers.


Vinyl and plastic sweeps and seals

Although we try to minimize the use of plastic seals on a frameless shower, they are sometimes necessary to having a leak-free shower installation (unless your shower is so large that there isn't much water splashing on the door).


Frameless shower construction and tiling tips

  • Threshold must pitch in towards shower: All frameless showers leak a little water. It is critical that the threshold be pitched in 1/8" to re-direct any water back into the shower. Solid thresholds are preferable to tiled thresholds, but either will be more leak free if they are strongly pitched in.
  • Need wood framing where hinges/headers attach: The hinges need to be firmly anchored into a wood stud for maximum durability.
  • Keep water spray away from the door: Avoid having body sprays or jets point at the shower door.
  • Shower Heights and Door Widths: Most frameless showers are 72" tall, but the range is from 68" to 80" in height. They can also extend to the ceiling, but it is important to leave enough room for ventilation both while showering and to allow the shower to dry after showering.


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