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Building a Walk In Shower

Each year, hundreds of home owners spend thousands of dollars in small bathroom remodeling ideas mainly because not much thought was given during the initial bathroom design. Walk-in shower designs are fast becoming a substitute for bathtubs due to the outlook and functionality that they add to a bathroom. Provided herein are basic steps for installing a walk in shower with ease.

1.  Start by removing the existing bathtub or shower from the space. Ensure that all the debris has been removed from the space where the new walk-in enclosure will be placed. The place should be thoroughly cleaned inclusive of any reaming tiles.

2.    The drain needs to be realigned. To avoid complications that may rise later on, leave the exiting drain in its place but ensure that the show pan is run to the appropriate center point of the walk-in shower and then connected to the existing drain.

3.    Start by constructing the walls of the shower. The walls can be constructed in such a way that they run from the floor to the ceiling or to slightly six feet above the floor. The walls can be constructed using a 2×4 lumber spaced 16’’ on the center to allow for wall studs. To complete the construction of the wall, sheet it with water and mold resistant tile.

4.  Using a concrete slab, complete the floor of the shower by covering the show pan and the drainage line. The slab should be allowed to set and cure before carrying on to the next step.

5.  Before installing the shower heads by tapping into the water lines, ensure that the main water supply has been turned off. The shower heads should be thoroughly tested to make sure that there are no leaks before embarking on the next step.

6.  Ensure that damages made to the walls and ceilings during the installation of the shower heads have been repaired.

7.  Finish by laying the floor, wall and ceiling tiles. Give the grout 30 minutes to settle before wiping with a damp cloth and another 24 hours for it to settle.

Installing a Shower Screen in The Bathroom

When it comes to keeping water off bathroom floors, shower screens are incomparable. The solid seal around the hardware prevents water from seeping beneath the frame. In addition, these screens are installed with a permanent grout seal around the base of the frame and on both sides for further prevention of leaks.

Styles and Designs Renew A Bathroom Decor:
Fortunately, there are as many styles and designs for shower screens as there are shapes. Some are beveled with a curved top. Others are straight aligned and have embellished designs to suit any taste. Cleaning is relatively easy. One tip is to make certain that after each shower, the track into which the screen fits is thoroughly dry to avoid any residue buildup generated by standing water streams in the tracks. Cleaning the track is accomplished with a narrow brush or soft absorbent cloth that has been dampened with a cleaner. Then, simply wipe dry with another clean cloth. It is also important to take care of the shower screen seal at the bottom of the screen with regular cleaning and removing any limescale. The screen seal is important for keeping water off the surfaces and floor of the bathroom.

Screen Materials:
The materials from which these screens are made are tempered glass which is heavier in weight or poly vinyls which are lighter in weight. Both are easy to clean and maintain. The difference between the two often has to do with the types of chemicals in the shower water. As an example, the heavier content of iron in the water, the more residue buildup is likely on both types of materials.

Frosted Screens or Clear?:
For standard showers, the screen may be frosted for privacy or clear as desired by the buyer. Some have lovely detailing etched into the glass or poly screen. Certain screens are built exclusively for a shower stall rather than a shower/tub combination. The screens for these are usually much longer depending on the size and length of the shower stall. Many of these are also curved in sections to create a dimensional appearance. They are a space saver in small bathrooms. It’s important to take accurate measurements before purchasing a screen. For those attached to tubs, you’ll need to know width, height and length of track needed. Track is usually sold in the complete screen package.