Bathroom Renovation Tips
At Glass World we strive to assist customers in creating the most beautiful bathroom renovations possible within their budget. A large part of this we feel is educating customers to not only create the most stunning glass shower door enclosure but one that will also stand the test of frequent use and time.
As a result we have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions and bathroom renovation tips to keep in mind when tackling your bathroom project.
U-Channel or Clamps?: Which Should I Pick?
Since I get this question a lot, I decided to write a short monograph on the subject.
First, frameless glass shower enclosures require a method to anchor the fixed panels of the shower to the tile. That is why you need either clamps or U-Channel. Both of these “anchoring systems” are quite suitable from a structural standpoint. So your decision boils down to which “look” you prefer.
Having said this, there are a few things to consider:
a) if your walls are bowed, U-Channel will mask the bow in the wall whereas Clamps will tend to highlight it;
b) because of the additional fabrication costs, Clamps tend to add expense to your shower enclosure;
c) if you are re-modeling your bathroom in anticipation of selling your house, choose Clamps. When customers (particularly younger ones) express a preference in this regard, it is always in favor of Clamps.
Why is Sill Pitch so Important?
First, a few definitions… the terms sill, threshold, curb, and step-over all relate to the same thing. They refer to the tile immediately below the door.
The pitch, or slope, is very important to the performance of your frameless shower enclosure. If the tile is improperly sloped, your shower is likely to either leak or permit water to stand in pockets rather than flow into the shower enclosure.
Below are schematics which help explain the issue:
Why Can’t I Use Rope Tile Here?
Think of it this way… glass is best cut in straight lines. If your wall is not plumb or your threshold isn’t level, that’s OK. We can have the glass cut to correspond to the slope of these surfaces—as long as they are straight.
The upshot is that if the tiled surfaces upon which your shower glass rests is not “straight,” that tile needs to be straightened. The most frequent example is when rope tile wraps around the shower enclosure horizontally and obstructs the placement of the glass—notably the shower doors—against the wall. We can notch this out with our diamond bit grinder, but it would have been better for your tiler to stop it short of the “footprint” of the shower glass.
But if your tiler has placed a beautiful granite shelf which has an overhang in a place over which the glass of your shower enclosure must run, your tiler usually has to be called back to pull that shelf out, cut it down so that it is flush with the tile below it, and re-mortar it (the usual choice of homeowners) or your shower will have an unsightly gap next to the wall beneath the overhang with the potential for leaks.
What to Know About Shower Thresholds: Why Should the Walls and Threshold Meet at 90 Degree Angles?
Simply put, it will make your shower enclosure less expensive and more usable. Think of it this way… if any of the doors in your house were hinged against a wall that was not perpendicular to the door’s threshold, it would still swing 180 degrees, but not the 180 degree path that would provide optimal egress/ingress.
Consequently, your glass company would have to utilize workarounds that would cause you more expense and a door that is likely to be a few inches narrower than it needed to be.
Other Frequently Asked Questions