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Design &
Planning Guide

Shower Doors & Enclosures

A Beautiful Shower Door
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Properly designed and constructed openings will result in Shower Doors that not only look beautiful, but are also leak resistant. Today’s master bath shower often involves a combination of powerful shower heads and multiple body sprays that makes for a spa experience. These same features often cause a very high volume of water spray and proper planning and design is critical to creating a beautiful and functional shower door.

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  • Tip #1
    Select the Right Shower Base
    Select the Right Shower Base
  • Tip #2
    Don't Use Flat Molded Bases
    Don't Use Flat Molded Bases
  • Tip #3
    Pitch Thresholds Correctly
    Pitch Thresholds Correctly
  • Tip #4
    Measure & Verify Proper Inward Pitch
    Measure & Verify Proper Inward Pitch
  • Tip #5
    Avoid Dead-Level Thresholds
    Avoid Dead-Level Thresholds
  • Tip #6
    Never Pitch Thresholds Outward
    Never Pitch Thresholds Outward
  • Tip #7
    Properly Plan Decorative Border Tile Locations
    Properly Plan Decorative Border Tile Locations
  • Tip #8
    Build Proper Studding at Hinge & Hardware
    Build Proper Studding at Hinge & Hardware
  • Tip #9
    Plan Shower Wall Angles
    Plan Shower Wall Angles
  • Tip #10
    Plan Body Spray Direction
    Plan Body Spray Direction
  • Tip #11
    Swing Doors Outward
    Swing Doors Outward
  • Tip #12
    Plan Steam Showers
    Plan Steam Showers
  • Tip #13
    Door Should Meet Wall at 90° Angle
    Door Should Meet Wall at 90° Angle
  • Tip #14
    Construct Knee Walls Plumb
    Construct Knee Walls Plumb
  • Tip #15
    Do Not Design Excessive Seat Overhangs
    Do Not Design Excessive Seat Overhangs
  • Tip #16
    Do Not Design Glass Panels ≤ 4"
    Do Not Design Glass Panels ≤ 4
  • Tip #17
    Build Soffits to Match Thresholds
    Build Soffits to Match Thresholds
  • Tip #18
    Never Mount on Glass Tiles
    Never Mount on Glass Tiles
  • Tip #19
    Plan Barrier Free Openings
    Plan Barrier Free Openings

Properly designed and constructed openings will result in Shower Doors that not only look beautiful, but are also leak resistant. Today’s master bath shower often involves a combination of powerful shower heads and multiple body sprays that makes for a spa experience. These same features often cause a very high volume of water spray and proper planning and design is critical to creating a beautiful and functional shower door.

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