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Shower windows. How do I waterproof? Should I keep it?

Old 04-15-13, 10:44 AM
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Shower windows. How do I waterproof? Should I keep it?

I was wondering if I could get some advice on how to fix an issue with my bathroom wall. I am not a very good handyman, but my shower wall needed to be repaired. The plan was to remove the glued on wall and repair any water damage and replace. The problem is there is a window behind my wall. I was planning on tiling my wall but I don't have any idea on how I should proceed. Should I attempt to waterproof the window and how? Should I remove it? Should I cover it up? Pictures attached.

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Old 04-15-13, 11:35 AM
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The window can be removed and you can tile over it on the inside and repair the siding on the outside.

I have a vinyl awning window in my tiled shower and had the same exact problem you face. I know this is not easy but I made a stainless steel molding/surround for the window. Silicone caulk seals the surround to the window and it overhangs the tile to direct water away from the window. You could have a local metal shop or artist that works with metal make something for you.

Also, I think code requires tempered glass in a bathtub or shower area if the glazing (glass) is less than 60" above the lip of the drain. That looks like a relatively new window so it's probably not grandfathered in.
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Probably not as good as Dane's suggestion but you could tile the return. You'd need to make sure that the sill has a little slope so it doesn't hold/trap water. A solid strip of marble, corian or whatever would be better than individual tiles on the sill - no grout filled gaps to fail at a later date.

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