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Shower Enclosures

 How to choose and install
the right enclosure for your bathroom

by Charlie Vincent
for vanities-bathrooms.com

Choosing a shower enclosure 


Shower enclosures are designed to keep water in the shower tray and
off your bathroom floor, and are often more effective than shower
curtains. It is highly recommended that before you make a purchase,


you visit a showroom to actually see a ready assembled
unit to as certain the build quality and rigidity. Ensure that the door
glides open smoothly without juddering and if it
is a swing door, examine the  hinges to
determine their strength. Make sure that the door has good magnetic
seals all round and ask whether or not it will be delivered fully
assembled, as this is always preferable. Pay close attention to the
finish, ensuring that the screw heads are covered and that the cut
profiles at the top of the door and panel have been capped to prevent
water from getting in.

If you are intending to install a shower over your bathtub then a
pivoted shower screen is probably the best option since it will allow
easy access. However, it is essential that the walls above the bath are
tiled to provide adequate waterproofing. It is important that the screen
is of adequate height, particularly if you are installing a power
shower.

baby in tub under outside tab

Installation

When installing your shower enclosure, it is advisable to read the
manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Since no two enclosures are the
same, the installation method can vary, even between units from the same
manufacturer. The following method is intended to illustrate the work
involved on a typical installation.

The tray is the foundation of the enclosure and it is imperative that
it is installed correctly. Using a spirit level, ensure that the tray is
perfectly level. Mark the wall approximately ¼ inch in from the edge of
the tray and remove the wall channel from the side panel. You will then
need to remove the corner post and the vinyl cover from the panel.
Holding the wall channel vertically, in line with the mark you made
earlier, mark through the fixing holes onto the wall. After drilling and
plugging the holes, screw the channel to the wall. Using silicone
sealant, fill the gap between the channel and the wall, before
tightening the screws.

The next step is to slide the enclosure side panel into the wall
channel. Once it is in place, to ensure that there are no leaks, seal
under the panel where it meets the tray. Replace the corner post on the
end of the side panel and ensure that it is butted down onto the edge of
the tray. Adjust the width of the panel so that it is in the correct
position for the door. Drill through the access holes and secure using
self-tapping screws. Offer up the door wall channel to the corner post
so that the holes are aligned. Again, use silicone sealant between the
sections.

Ensure that the corner post is vertical before drilling pilot holes
and screwing the post into position. Take the caps and attach them to
the corner and wall channels. Rotate the door and screw its wall channel
to the wall, before fitting the remaining channel onto the catch side of
the doorframe. Slide the hinge side of the door into the wall channel
already in place on the wall. Make any adjustments to the door so that
it’s centrally positioned within the channels. Screw the doorframe to
the channels and replace the cover vinyls. 

Finally, take your sealant and apply around the frame where it meets
the wall and shower tray and between the doorframe and wall
channels.