To help you with the questions and decisions that come with your remodeling or building project, we've put together a list of shower design tips. Remember that a properly designed enclosure will lay the foundation for a beautiful and trouble-free shower.
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A properly sloped curb will help prevent water leaks in your shower. The proper slope is about a 1/4" drop across 6", sloping towards the interior of the shower.
Walls that frame a door opening
Any wall that frames a door opening needs to be perpendicular—a 90 degree angle—to the installed door. If the ends of the walls are not perpendicular, it will increase the cost and decrease the functionality of your shower.
Place a double thickness of 2x4 studs in the wall to provide adequate support for hinge and hardware screws.
Shower head placement
Shower heads are best placed parallel to the glass. Jet sprays and shower heads directed toward gaps in the glass can cause leaks.
Half-wall cap placement
Avoid half-wall caps extending into the door opening. End half-wall caps so they sit flush with the edge of the door opening. An overhanging cap will interfere with the door.
Where to properly end raised molding and decorative tiles
Avoid extending raised molding and decorative tiles into the door opening, as they will interfere with the door swing. We recommend stopping the decorative tile a minimum of 1" from each side of the door to allow for door swing clearance.
As a glass company, we love the look of glass tiles. However, when attaching door hinges to the them, the tiles are susceptible to breakage. If you use glass tiles, avoid using them where the hinges will be attached.