How do you Choose the Right Shower Enclosure?
For many households we all love to start the day with a shower to wake us up!
So here we have compiled a buyer's guide to help you choose the perfect shower design for your needs.
Bathrooms & En-Suite's are often the smallest of rooms in the house so pre-planning is essential to gain the optimum option available to you and your space.
Firstly take a look at your Layout.
Assess the walls you can utilise to create the best use of space for your enclosure, taking into account any sanitary ware required, windows, doors and any other obstacles.
COUNT YOUR WALLS:
Recessed requires - 3 walls
Corner requires - 2 walls
3-Sided requires - 1 wall
If you have 3 walls together then you can accommodate this options it simply involves a Shower door/Glass panel across the front opening to create your enclosure.
There are generally 6 designs available to create this option, all of which have their own individual Pros & Cons.
1) Hinged Door: A popular design which has hinges to one side & opens out fully into the room, this means it requires more space to the front of the enclosure than some other designs.
2) Pivot Door: The pivot is very similar to the hinged door it opens out into the room, except for the pivot door mechanism feature makes them recede slightly into the enclosure as it opens, so slightly less of the door encroaches into the room, therefore a little less floor space will be require.
3) Sliding Door: Sliding doors glide on rollers from one side behind a static panel. This is an ideal space saving option with No impact to the room at all.
However sliding doors are only manufactured from a minimum of 1000mm width to ensure a suitable comfortable entry/exit.
4) Bi-fold: These doors concertinas in half and move to one side which makes for another excellent option on space saving solutions, with the door staying completely inside the enclosure means any water on the doors will be contained within the enclosure and not onto the floor.
5) Inline Doors: These doors are suitable for the slightly wider enclosure space, these are usually a hinged door with the addition of a static panel one side.
The static panel allows you to have a narrower door therefore requiring less room to the front of the enclosure required to open the door for access.
6) Glass panel: This final option again is more for those with a little more space , the static glass panel is very minimalistic and low maintenance.
All that we would advise would be to allow yourself a minimum of 500mm opening to give a comfortable entry/exit. With this option you can also use an additional added Flipper panel.
All of the above design door/glass come with the option to add a side panel to convert to a corner enclosure.
For this design 2 walls are required and we have 4 design types to advise on.
1) Quadrant: These have a curved front taking up less space than a square design, there are 3 sizes of 800, 900 & 1000 available.
2) Offset Quadrant: These are very similar to the quadrant with the exception of one side been slightly longer than the other which will add extra space inside the enclosure.
The doors on both of these design enclosure open from the centre to the sides behind static panels.
3) Corner Entry: These are square shaped which feature 2 sliding doors opening from the front corner sliding back behind static panels to gain entry.
4) Walk-In: The most popular of the enclosures, these are very minimalist and easy to maintain.
In a corner location you also have the option to add on an end panel and or flipper panel depending on your requirements.
3 Sided Enclosure:
So you have no spare corners?
Do not despair, you can build a 3-sided enclosure.
This option using only 1 wall can be created as a focal point although they have less strength than the standard corner or recessed enclosure.
3 sided enclosures are created by combining a single door or glass panel with 2 side panels
( additional profiles maybe required in some cases)
These have grown in popularity over the last few years these can be created with or without a shower tray, by way of wet room floors as an option.
These are an enclosure without any doors, it is only a glass panel/s creating the optimum minimalist look with easy maintenance .
Walk-In's can be installed as Recessed, Corner, 3-Sided or Walk-Through which are all ideal to create that Modern minimalist luxurious spacious look.
Test You Space:
Now that you think you have decided on the enclosure design type you want, then now would be a good idea to test the layout to ensure that it does actually work for you!!
Check that doors will open fully, check space for other products i.e wc & basin are accessible and will fit into the space available!!
A simple way to do this without the use of professionally designed scale drawings would be to create yourself a cardboard template or to mark the areas out on the floor using a sticky tape to ensure you can manoeuvre around with ease and that everything fits into the spaces.
Now is the time to ensure you have ALL your measurements correct.
Don't forget to check your heights
While most glass products have a height of 1850mm some are taller, and can vary anywhere up to 2050mm in height.
Always measure your room height and when doing so remember to consider the depth of the shower tray if using one and whether or not that requires to be raised to accommodate the waste trap and pipe works?
Some additional factors that may help on your final decisions whilst choosing the best enclosure for you may be:
These can vary from 4mm up to 10mm.
8mm glass is by far the most popular choice.
Quick Release Rollers:
Good quality sliding & quadrant doors will feature quick release rollers to make maintenance easier by way of been able to release the wheels from the channel they sit in allowing you to push them away from the bottom of the door to make cleaning access easier.
Manufactures generally will always advise NOT to use any abrasive cleaners on your enclosure and to only clean with warm soapy water and a soft cloth on a regular basis.
Most shower trays now are supplied as a stone resin with either an acrylic capping or gel coating.
These are a solid and robust tray providing they are fitted correctly.
We will always advise that you follow each manufactures specific fitting instructions fully to maintain you warranty.
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