Design Choices You Must Always Make When Installing Shower Doors

If you would like a glass door installed, you could hire a professional to design and install it for you. However, if you are the DIY type or if you simply envision a design that you believe only you could create, you may want to design your shower door yourself. There are a few mistakes you can make, however, that could cause water leakage problems or could even cause your door to become damaged.

Design A Proper Curb Slope

If you do not have a proper curb slope for your shower door, you will leak more water outside and there will be more puddles on the floor near the shower. This can lead to slips and can also slowly wear down the floor, depending on what it is made from. The curb should slope downward and into the shower. If the curb is flat or slopes downward and away from the shower, there will be more pools of water near the shower. Still, the slope shouldn't be so great that it prevents your shower door from easily opening and closing.

Slope The Seats Properly

Seats need to be pitched so that they shed water. Install a pan underneath the seat. Ideally, you should use a slab. If the water is allowed to sit on the seat, this will create stagnant water. Also, it can be unpleasant to sit down on old, cold water when taking a hot shower.

Do Not Have Too Much Space Between The Door And Wall

The space between the shower panel and the wall should be large enough to where the shower door can operate smoothly, However, it should not be so large that water is able to seep through. The wall also needs to be perfectly plumb. Some walls have a bellied or bowed wall that leads to an opening that can allow water to escape through. Also, the gap can be very unsightly.

Screw Hinges Through A Wall Stud

If your door hinges are not designed to support the weight of your door, the hinges could break and your shower door might fall. Shower doors can be very heavy, with some weighing 130 pounds. The hinges need to be screwed through the wall and into a solid stud.

When in doubt, hire a glass door installation specialist. Depending on the design of your bathroom, it may be difficult to create a door design that works, but experienced glass door professionals might have the solution.