Design Tips

Tip 1
Try not to design curbs that approach buttresses at an angle. "Hinge bind" may occur, restricting the swing of the door. Instead, design curbs so that they approach buttresses at a 90-degree angle.
Tip 2
Very tall steam shower openings may require a secondary piece of glass (transom), or the soffit can be framed lower to fill the gap. Framed doors over 78" tall require transoms. 3/8" Frameless doors over 84" tall require transoms. 1/2" Frameless doors over 96" require transoms.
Tip 3
Follow these guidelines to ensure proper drainage and avoid future problems. Pitch seats to shed water. Install pans below seats. Pitch curbs INTO the enclosure to allow drainage. (See tip 4)
Tip 4
Curb Pitch Guidelines: Out-pitched curb (top right) spills water outwards onto the bathroom floor. Dead-level curb (bottom right) results in standing water...a sure catalyst for mold and mildew.
Tip 4
Curb Pitch Guidelines: Over-pitched curb (top right) causes door gaskets to bind or chafe, resulting in premature wear. Ideal curb (bottom right) for shedding water back towards the shower drain is pitched between 3/8" and 1/2".
Tip 5
When building a shower with angles other than 90-degrees, use 135-degree angles whenever possible.
Tip 6
Shower soffits must plumb down precisely to the footprint of the lower curbs. Failure to address this issue will produce disappointing results.
Tip 7
Never position body sprays opposite an enclosure door or other opening. Always position body sprays so that they are directed towards tiled walls.
Tip 8
Tempered glass panels cannot be manufactured in dimensions less than 4"
Tip 9
If you are planning a frameless enclosure, DO NOT use raised, decorative tile on ANY part of the door swing area.
Tip 10
GLASS TILES ARE FRAGILE! While we use the best tools and take every precaution, drilling necessary during the installation process may result in cracked tile at your risk. Try to avoid placing glass tiles in the areas where shower door hinges will be attached.
Tip 11
Overhangs near door closings create PROBLEM GAPS, resulting in unsightly fillers or the need to cut a notch in your granite, marble or other surface. Please mount the top of seats and knee walls flush with the sides.
Tip 12
The face of any rise where a swing door closes should be perfectly plumb...