Frameless shower screens offer the flexibility of hinging the door from another glass panel or directly off a tiled wall. When hinging directly from a sheeted cavity tiled wall it is important to position a double stud in the wall - floor to ceiling
(Fig. 1). This stud provides the support necessary to carry the weight of the door. If this is not possible, the screen can usually be designed with the door hinged from a fixed panel of glass. Implementing this design allows greater flexibility of access to the shower area and is self supporting. You may find the walls and floor to be unusually out of plumb and level. In these instances, we recommend the use of a slim- line wall and/or floor frame (Fig. 2) to cope with the uneven surfaces. Frameless shower screens can be fitted onto almost any structure. Retaining water inside the shower screen is a critical aspect of their design and subsequent installation.
As per current ASA3740 regulations all shower screens must be positioned on the inside edge of hobs/step downs/trays and baths and central over floor angle on flow thru tiled floors. All doors are fitted with a water seal and brush sweep on the bottom of the doors (Fig.3). This provides a splash guard against water deflecting off tiles through the door gap. Where the floor is tiled in a flow thru design, it is the responsibility of the builder to ensure the tiles have adequate fall to contain and drain the volume of water falling onto the floor inside the shower screen. If there is not sufficient fall on tiled flow thru floors we will recommend the fixing of a 10x13 mm sill section onto the floor directly under the door. This will aid in the containment of water in the shower area until it has drained. Always bear in mind that frameless shower screens have 2/3mm gaps between the doors and side panels can leak if the shower spray is pointed directly at the gaps. These gaps can be filled with a vertical gap seal but this must be predetermined prior to ordering the glass.
Care and Maintenance
The clean lines of glass allow for easy maintenance and can be further enhanced by the additional treatment of a Vitroglaze film on the inside face of the screen. This product carries a 5 year written warranty and is applied by a licensed applicator.