Shower Enclosures

Most people don’t bother doing much research when looking for shower enclosures, since they assume there aren’t many things to keep in mind, in order to make a good decision. As a matter of fact, not all shower enclosures are the same, and you will a wide range of models, finishes as well as glass options, that could make a big difference towards the effectiveness of your shower enclosure. If you enjoy having a great shower, but you dislike splattering your bathroom all over the place and having to clean it up after you had your shower, you should make sure you choose the most appropriate shower enclosures for your wants and needs.

Choosing the right shower enclosures for you
There are shower enclosures available in a wide range of materials, some of which are more delicate than the others. You can even find shower enclosures completely made of glass these days, and even though they might look quite nice, it doesn’t mean they will be a good choice. You should always think of who is going to be using that shower enclosure in order to make the right choice. For example, if you have children, getting a fragile shower enclosure made of glass might not be a good option, since it might be prone to breaking and causing accidents.

If the shower enclosure in a bathroom is going to be used by children or irresponsible users, it will probably be best choosing a plastic enclosure. It may not look as nice as glass does, but it’s usually less expensive, and less prone to accidents. Conversely, if you’re looking for a stylish glass enclosure for your suite bathroom and it’s going to be used by yourself and your spouse, both of whom are sensible in respecting the resistance limits of the material… then you will probably be happier with an elegant looking and modern shower enclosure such as the elegant models made out of solid glass.

Additional precautions with shower enclosures
One of the most important precautions you should keep in mind while using a shower enclosure is that it’s only meant to serve as a barrier to keep water from getting out of the area where you shower. No shower enclosure is meant as a vertical bathtub, or anything of the sort. If you try filling your shower enclosure with water, the result will likely be unpleasant. Either the water will spill out right away, or if your shower enclosure has good isolation, the door will likely burst open when the water pressure gets too strong. Remember, you must never try to flood your shower enclosure since that will likely be trouble.

Asides from not flooding the shower enclosure (which should be fairly obvious – but still there’s no harm in pointing it out), there are other precautions you should observe. For example, you should avoid excessive water pressure as well as aiming the shower spray directly at the cabinet door. Most shower enclosures are devised to prevent leaks, but few shower enclosures can withstand ongoing aggressions of excessive water pressure without getting less and less effective over time. If you are careful to use your shower enclosure according to the manufacturer’s instructions, it will last for much longer and be much more effective.

Also, you should make sure that your shower enclosure is made of tempered glass (most are), since in the eventuality it does break, the glass will blast into tiny round pieces, as opposed to large shards of glass.

How to make sure your shower enclosures last

Another thing you should avoid doing, for the sake of keeping your shower enclosures in good condition, is to avoid hanging wet towels in the sliding doors. If you must hang your towels in the shower enclosure, make sure you use only the appropriate towel bars.  Hanging your towels anywhere over the enclosure may not look like much of a problem, but the extra weight will likely shift and imbalance the doors, and over time they will get less effective. This is true even if you choose the most expensive shower enclosures available.

If you want the shower enclosure to work nicely for a long time, you should do your best to handle it properly. If your shower enclosure does include a towel bar, you should avoid using it as a grab bar to assist you getting into and out of the shower. Again, for the same reason: the towel bar is meant to support the weight of a wet towel, not the weight of a human being. Too much stress or pressure will gradually weaken the whole structure, and make the door get out of alignment, which means it will get less effective over time in keeping all the water inside the cabinet.

This Shower Enclosures Review is Written/Updated on Oct 13th, 2010 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “Shower Enclosures”

  1. Ron Bingham says:

    I have a 48 inch wide shower enclosure that a contractor installed then had to pull out to insulate behind (outside wall) and add door support both side panels left out originally. he didn’t want to pull both side panels (had to anyways in our opinion) so he pulled one side was bending back the rear panel to work behind on the wall

    whats the chance that the wall would crack ( it did)
    I’d like a professional opinion why he should have removed the back panel to work on the wall insulation

    After a two year wait we go before the ROC judge in three weeks
    Thank you for your comments

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