Excess water in any home can create all types of problems. It can cause mold growth, floor damage, and safety issues when slippery conditions are formed. If you're planning a new shower upgrade, it's important to consider how to best contain the water within a shower area. By choosing a custom shower enclosure, you can create a shower that keeps the moisture inside and prevents water from getting into other areas of the bathroom. There are four custom features to consider when choosing a new shower enclosure. Each design element can make a huge difference in preventing water leaks and damage for many years in the future.
Frameless Glass Showers
Create a great look to your shower while keeping water in with the installation of a frameless glass shower. Every open section of a shower is covered with a large glass panel that seamlessly blends into each panel section and the glass shower door. This can create an open look to your shower and a comfortable setting while containing all of the water moisture inside. A clear silicone product is used to connect the walls. Not only does this silicone offer stability to the shower enclosure, but it can prevent moisture from leaking through the cracks on the side. The door of the shower will also use silicone edges to help prevent moisture from leaking out while the shower door is closed.
Metal Fillers & Tile Connections
When glass shower enclosures are installed, one of the areas more prone to water leaks is the connecting wall. The glass panels should be installed as close to the wall as possible without creating any cracks or possible leaks. To prevent this from happening, a contractor may use metal fillers between the shower enclosure and the wall. The tile may be cut slightly into to help connect glass panel supports. Once connected, the metal fillers will help close off the gap and create a seamless design. This type of installation is typically common for shower enclosures, but you may need to request it depending on the type of shower that you want to have installed.
Shower Head Positioning
When designing a custom shower, one of the more important design elements to consider is the shower head placement. A shower head should never be placed facing a doorway area. This can create many leak issues and allow water to escape the shower area easily. This is especially true when the shower is first being turned on and you may not have stepped inside yet. It's best to face a shower head against an opposite wall away from the entry door. As an alternative, you may also select a ceiling-mounted shower head. These shower heads let the water fall straight down similar to rain. It can help prevent streams of water from directly hitting the door area or any of the shower walls in general.
When stepping in and out of the shower, water will naturally come with you. As the excess water is still draining inside the shower, you do not want it to spill out over onto the carpet or tile outside the shower area. To prevent this from happening, it's a good idea to select a curb top for your shower entryway. A curb top is a raised platform that will keep the water inside of the shower. These tops are easy to step over when entering or exiting the shower. When selecting a curb top, it's important to choose one that is a solid piece of stone like marble. This can prevent any cracks or vulnerable areas where water and moisture can leak through. The solid piece of rock will be more durable over time and will give you a secure enclosure for your shower.
By considering these options at the start of your shower installation, you can help prevent major problems in the future. For more information, contact a company like Ridge Glass & Mirror.