Glass shower enclosure
This is a popular shower door configuration for glass enclosures. Here we show a door-inline panel with notch and a 90 degree return panel . In this setup, more than any other it is strongly recommended to use transparent clear glass. This clear panel design often used in smaller bathrooms where for the owner the preservation of the feeling of enough space is important.
Shower enclosure with glass panel
A real space saver is the three sided enclosure with the door in the middle between two about equal width of glass panels. These panels are usually crowned with a metal header. In the majority of cases, the door swings in and out. It of course must open out by law. This three sided shower enclosures are called “neo-angels” . The shower pan curb and the glass panels on it are following an angel of 135 degree. Several different quality and size of commercially prefabricated such surround units are sold in the US, made usually of fiberglass. These are often to small for comfortably shower in them. The custom tiled neo-angel corners are the way to go. If enough space given, tile setters perfectly custom make them to any size.
This is a good example of installations on a marble finished tub surround, and the clear glass showing off the well made and exceedingly attractive tile work behind the heavy 3/8 safety glass. this unit often called semi frame-less design. The stationary glass is installed into a “U” shaped metal channel for lateral support. Some prefer this straight and even look of the glass panels as opposed to the protruding appearance of the clamps on a “Frame-less shower door” installation. Some believe also this process yields a sturdier structure. I did not see any engineering proof of this.
Glass enclosure with header
This is a shower door with all angels being irregular. The followings are some standard angels in the industry. The 90, 180, 45, 135 degree being the main accepted standard ones. It is always more difficult to work with custom, not standard angels for the manufacturer and the installer as well. These units are generally more expensive as the result. It well worth to ask for the advise of a professional glass contractor or an experienced designer before embarking on the bathroom remodeling involved a shower enclosure. We are glad to give such an advise for a reasonable cost or often for no charge at all. We’re always glad to help the customer.
As a picture shows the white background create an”ethereal” experience as far as shower enclosures go. This unit almost seems it is not even there. If the feeling of space is important, the white surround will take us in this direction. On this job we used “U” bars again. The enclosure is made of 3/8″ clear tempered safety glass as in most cases. There is a permanent coating available for shower enclosures applied on the surface of the glass by the manufacturer. This coating is designed to prevent the deposition of hard water on it and is a big help also in cleaning the glass panels.
The really dark or black color do create a strong effect. This sometimes is desirable. If the presence of the glass surround to be emphasized, this may be the perfect way to go. We have installed several shower enclosures on black surrounds and the effect has always been remarkable.
The in-line and the 90 degree return glass panels are fastened with clamps. The clamps are preferred by some, because of lesser visible amount of metal around the edge. These clamps are protruding from the wall a lot more than channels are. Channels provide a more even look along the edges of the glass. Which look is prettier? The decision is totally subjective. We all have to decide for ourselves how it looks more desirable. These “oil robed bronze clamps are matching the color of the tile decoration and also the spotted look of it. I feel good about the way it turned out.
This is one of the largest neo-angel corner shower enclosure we have ever made. The huge notched left side glass panel makes it enormous, but the right side and the entrance door are not small either. This unit made of 1/2″ thick glass on the side holding the swinging door and the rest of the panels are 3/8″ thickness. The door swings both in and out. A strong 1/8″ gap on both side of the door. These great looking units are newer water-tight. In spite of the extremely large size, few drop might drip outside, but here again, beauty was the first consideration. Hardly anyone is complaining about a few drop of spillage.
Pivoted shower enclosure
This installation is en example of using pivot hinges on a neo-angle instead of glass to glass ones. This way the hinges are at the top and the bottom of the door panel and not obstructing the flow of the glass edge line. It is a precondition to have metal header installed on the enclosure to accommodate the hinge into it. We think this method of installation results in a cleaner, prettier look. This enclosure is a quite small one, but there were no complains about any leaks. The way the shower is used also contribute to or eliminate leakage.
This picture is also showing a swinging glass shower door wit two different hinges fastened. The top hinge a 135 degree glass to glass hinge and the bottom is a 90 degree glass to wall. The owner preferred the hinges placed on the glass to having a full header on the enclosure for pivot hinges, that could have had the glass edge unobstructed.