Shower Installation

The right design for a perfect shower glass installation is crucial to avoid costly mistakes. Proper design considerations at the beginning of your project will allow you to have the beautiful glass enclosure you want, and ensure that it can be engineered to perform as it should. Avoiding the mistakes below will also help you to avoid unnecessary expenses that can be incurred.

  • Install proper blocking in the wall in line with the shower curb. Adequate blocking provide support for the door. Average door weight is 80-110 lbs.
  • Do not run pipes or wires through shower glass walls or sill.
  • Shower curb must be level side to side with ¼” of inward pitch toward the drain. A continuous piece of solid surface material works best to cap the shower curb.
  • Larger accent tiles need to be held back farther from the glass mounting area.
  • No overhands on knee walls, tub decks. Overhangs may require notching by the tile setter.
  • Any overhangs on knee walls, tub decks, or shelf areas should be avoided. These overhangs may require notching by your tile setter.
  • Shower heads and body sprays should be located so the water spray is directed toward tile walls or the fixed panels of shower doors. This will help keep water inside the shower, and away from the door. You should never install shower heads aimed in the direction of the door.
  • Never use glass tiles in the area of your shower where the glass enclosure will be mounted. Glass tiles may or may not crack during shower door installation but they will crack eventually over time.
  • When building a soffit or tiling a ceiling above a shower, it must be built perfectly level and plumb to the curb. If not, the reveal above the shower door will not be consistent.