What To Consider When Choosing A Shower Enclosure

24 June 2021
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When thinking about installing an addition to any room, you have to think about many details. The new space has to blend in with the rest of the room without negatively affecting its function. This is the same when you decide to install a shower enclosure. The following guide will help you make the right decision.

The Size

Shower enclosures can take up a lot of room if you aren't careful. You need to think about the amount of space you have available to install the shower space. The best way to do this is to take measurements then mark them out in chalk. This will create a real picture of how big or small the enclosure will be. It will also enable you to decide if you need to change the measurements regarding the rest of the room.

Size also relates to the glass used. Even though the thickness of the glass might not affect the size of the enclosure, it does affect your budget. There are three gauges of glass size formulated for glass enclosures: the 8mm glass is thick enough to guarantee durability. It can be used with or without a frame. The second category of thickness is the 6mm gauge. This offers enough integrity to avoid quick wear and tear. And finally, there's the 4mm thick glass. This is the cheapest of the options and is ideal for domestic shower enclosures.

The Placement

Generally, showers are placed in the corner of the bathroom. It leaves the rest of the room open for anything else you may want to put in it. However, current trends dictate you can place the shower enclosure in the middle of the wall as a style statement.

While choosing where to position the shower as an addition to an existing bathroom, you have to consider a few things. First of all, think about where the drainage system is. It's easier and cheaper to follow the existing drainage line than to install another. Also, you will need to think about where to position the showerhead. You should install showerheads facing the tiled wall to avoid leakage.

The Door

There's a wide variety of options for shower doors. Building codes demand that all doors with hinges should open outwards. That said, your budget and available space will determine the type of door you use.

If you have ample space, you can choose a hinged door design that works with the overall look of the bathroom. If you don't have a lot of room, the sliding door would be your best option. The angle of the door also matters.

For more information, reach out to a contractor who does bathroom remodeling.