The modern bathroom aesthetic has changed the focal point from a shower and tub combination to a stand-alone shower. This requires a shower enclosure, which mixes comfort and design with functionality. If you’re considering installing one, these answers to frequent questions should help you make an informed decision.
Common Questions About Purchasing a Shower Enclosure
Do enclosures have the same issues as a shower curtain?
Curtains, whether they’re plastic or fabric, are prone to water damage and mold growth because they trap moisture. The mold that grows on curtains could lead to skin irritation, asthma, or allergies if you breathe in or touch the spores. Since manufacturers make shower enclosures from non-porous glass, mold can’t grow on them. They also don’t leak, as all doors are sealed with siliconized vinyl and are certified waterproof.
What is the difference between frameless, semi-framed, & framed?
The look of the frame and the thickness of the glass determine the classification of the enclosure. Frameless has no frame, contains glass that is usually three-eighths to one-half inch thick, and has a solid brass plate. Framed enclosures have a thinner glass—usually three-sixteenths of an inch, and has a metal frame along all edges. Semi-framed uses one-quarter inch glass with metal only around the sides.
How often do the doors & deflectors need to be replaced?
Vinyl and drip deflectors are the strips that line the bottom of your shower enclosure to stop water from pooling out of it. There is no set schedule to replace them, as a regular cleaning regiment can extend their life significantly. The doors themselves will last as long as the house does, as glass and the metal hardware used to support it are non-corrosive.
Are they safe to use?
Slipping in the shower could occur at any time, even when being careful. If you do slip and hit the glass, it should withstand the impact. If it doesn’t, the door is tempered glass, which means it will break in small fragments to prevent significant injury. To avoid the glass breaking during daily use, don’t use the towel bar as a grab bar, and don’t lean or hang on the glass.
If you want to install a shower enclosure or discuss your options, contact Aladdin’s Glass & Screen Products, Inc.. in Nicholasville, KY. Since 1989, this locally operated and owned company will help you make the home of your dreams. They also specialize in custom mirrors, sunrooms, and commercial windows. Call (859) 887-4070 to request a free estimate. Visit them online to learn more about their services.