Custom Glass Shower Enclosures

What You Need to Know About Shower Enclosures

There are many different things to take into consideration before buying a shower enclosure or shower door whether it is going to be a major home improvement project or an upgrade for a home being built. We will describe the different types of shower enclosures, and answer some of the common questions, so when you order an enclosure or door you get what you need and want. Know what to look for and you are more likely to get what you want and get an aqurite quote for the project. Any realtor will tell you when remodeling a home spend your money on the bathrooms and in the kitchen those are the best investment.

The first thing to think about is the type of enclosure or door you want or need? There are a few to choose from: frameless shower enclosures, semi-frameless shower enclosures or framed shower enclosures. There are two main differences between the shower enclosures. First, is the way they look. Second, is the price. If you are trying to not spend a lot of money then you will want to look at framed shower enclosures, because they are the least expensive.

Some people think the only option is framed and frameless shower enclosures. Frameless shower enclosures can be very expensive. There is another option to choose from many people don't know about; semi-frameless shower enclosures. It is the midle ground or compromise for frameless shower enclosures for a framed shower enclosure budget or do not want to deal with a complicated install if you plan on installing it your self, consider a semi-frameless enclosure.

Then designing your shower enclosure, you don't have to completely understand the entire industry lingo to communicate or receive a quote from a designer or glass provider. It does help to understand the basics to guarantee you receive a proper quote the fist time. This site will help you understand some of the industry lingo to help you through your project.

When ordering shower enclosures make sure to ask if you are supposed to give exact measuremnets or if they expect you to do the deductions. In most cases they will wan the exact measurements and they will make all of the needed deductions. They can subtract the correct amount needed off each piece so everything fits correctly with hardware they are quoting. If a professional is installing the shower enclosure and he gives you measurements make sure to ask if they are exact measuments or if they still need deductions for hardware .

Do not assume the center of the opening is the same as the bottom or the top because 90% of the time openings are not square (square= When all 3 measurements top,center and bottom are equal) in most cases the opening will be out of square (out of square= When 1 or more of the measurements are not equal) 3 measurements are needed from the opening, one from the top (top will depend on height of enclosure, standard height is 72" tall), one from the center and then one from the bottom. Even if you are getting quotes make sure to take all 3 measurements because it can change the price of the quote significantly if top and bottom measurements are equal but the center is off.

Installing shower enclosures and handling any large piece of glass can be extremely dangerous and should be done with extreme caution. Unless you have installed a shower enclosure before you may want to hire a professional or general contractor to do the install. To find a local contractor or to get a quote.