How to Install a Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure
Installing a glass shower enclosure is an easy project that will increase the value of your home. A shower enclosure will give your bathroom a modern look, and create an easier to clean bathroom.
Step 1 - Install the Tray
The shower tray is the piece that will sit on the floor. The tray will need to be the same dimension as the enclosure kit. Some kits will include a tray, and others will require you to purchase one separately. When you install the tray, ensure that the drain in the floor is lower than the tray itself. If the drain is raised, water will stand in the corners of the tray, and lead to mold and mildew. It may be necessary to hire a professional to recess the drain if it's too high. The tray needs to be installed first. A watertight sealant is all that is needed to attach the tray to the floor.
Step 2 - Install Header
Many enclosure kits will include an overhead tray. This is used to create a track to keep the glass panels sturdy once they are installed. Some kits may include lights in the header, and others are just basic trays. This will give you a frameless look without having to worry about sturdiness. These trays are usually just installed using a drill and a few screws. Have your friend hold the overhead tray steady while you secure it to the ceiling. If you can drill into any beams or studs, this will help.
Step 3 - Install Enclosure
Once the tray is installed and the sealant has dried, you can move on to the enclosure itself. Since you are working with a frameless enclosure, it's important to take your time and use the help of a friend. Line up the glass that will attach to the wall first. The kit will include special brackets and screws for this. You will need to use a masonry bit to drill through any tile on the wall. Be careful with this. If you do this too quickly you could damage the tile. Attach the glass to the brackets. Have your friend help you hold the glass in place as you secure it to the brackets. Do this for any glass pieces that will need to attach to the walls.
Step 4 - Place the Door
Now that the side pieces are in place, you can install the doors. Some kits have double doors, and others will only have one. Follow the directions included with the kit to place the doors. Attach any hardware, such as knobs or pulls, once the door has been installed.
Step 5 - Seal
Use the silicone caulk in between the separate pieces of glass. Also use the caulk around the trays. Allow the silicone to dry completely before using the shower.