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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Are Frameless Shower Doors Truly Frameless?

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Are Frameless Shower Doors Truly Frameless?

There's a lot of confusion these days about what a "frameless" shower door truly is. Industry terminology includes such phrases as all-glass, framed, frameless, semi-frameless, and heavy glass. What's the real story?
At the crux of the discussion is the frame - the piece or pieces of metal that essentially form the structure of the shower enclosure and secure the glass. The actual pieces of metal that comprise the frame can differ greatly in length, width and style. It is the variation in the framing due to personal preference as well as safety requirements that leads to the confusion about what a frameless door truly looks like.
When speaking in terms of a single door in heavy glass (3/8" or 1/2" thick), the door is truly frameless as the only visible metal would be the hinges and the handle. All four edges of the glass are exposed.
However, once glass panels (in addition to the door) are incorporated into the design, everything becomes a little more complicated. While the door can be secured to the wall using wall mount hinges, any additional glass panels must be secured using a slightly different method.
First, panels are most often secured at the bottom and along the side to the shower sill and to the wall using a thin piece of metal (approximately 1" high) known as U-Channel. Second, a common approach to secure the panel at the top is to include a header bar that runs across the length of the shower enclosure and attaches to the wall. High quality header bars for frameless showers door NYC are typically rounded and have approximately a 1 ¾" profile. Though there is channel on 2 sides of the panel and a header bar on top of the panel, the side of the glass adjacent to the door is exposed.





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Monday, January 26, 2015

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Bi-Fold Glass Shower Doors

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Bi-Fold Glass Shower Doors

The Bi-fold glass door is also one of the most commonly used in shower rooms. It can open inward. This type is the choice of many to avoid water leakage problems which happen with other types of shower doors and poorly installed shower enclosures. Bi-fold frameless doors are also perfect for bathrooms with small or limited space. This is the type of door that does not require much effort in cleaning and maintenance as compared with the other types of frameless enclosures. 




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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Which Shower Enclosure Is the Best and Most Affordable?

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Which Shower Enclosure Is the Best and Most Affordable?

Most manufacturers of cheap shower enclosures consider themselves to be the best, but how do you tell? After all you are not an expert. You are about to learn how to decide which is the best quality shower cubicle for you and your budget.

Firstly, don't be daunted by the wide variety of shower enclosures on offer. They are all pretty much the same aside from size and colour. You will find that the pivot door design is the most common type and is found in most of the cheap enclosures.

You will see that cheap cubicle makers are starting to mimic the style and function of the more expensive offerings on the market. In that vain, you will find that hinged doors are becoming more common and can be quite stylish when fitted correctly. You may also come across Bi-fold doors but they are a rarity as they are more complex to manufacture and this pushes the price up.

If you are really keen on getting a good deal then you should definitely be looking at the sliding door models. Normally seen on more expensive showers, the cheap cubicles that boast these doors are selling very well now and look to do so for the foreseeable future. You just need to ensure that the doors operate correctly and are not too cheaply made. There's nothing worse than sticky shower doors that don't open or close fully. Be certain that the rollers are of a reasonable quality.

For the more modern look, you will certainly want to look at the low profile shower trays. These look totally awesome in any bathroom and although they can be a little more pricey, they are well worth the extra expense. Your bathroom will be transformed by the selection of one of these low profile cheap shower cabins.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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How Does Glass Thickness Effect the Quality of a Shower Enclosure?

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How Does Glass Thickness Effect the Quality of a Shower Enclosure?

Shower enclosures these days are available in a variety of glass thickness. Does the thickness of glass necessarily effect the overall quality or safety of a glass shower enclosure?

In the last few years we have seen shower glass thickness increase from around 3mm up to 10mm in some products. All glass used in the construction of shower enclosures for sale in the UK must have Toughened Safety Glass fitted as standard. This is regardless of the country of manufacture and is intended to reduce the risk of injury should the glass be broken or shattered in any way. Toughened safety glass (also known as tempered glass) is a form of glass treatment which will ensure the broken glass in a smashed glass shower pane will not break into sharpe fragments. Instead it will literally shatter into thousands of very small pieces without the cutting ability of non treated glass. This is not to say that a shattered glass unit cannot cause injury, only that it is much more unlikely to do so.

Many people think that the actual thickness of the glass is a direct indicator of its safety. This is not the case in the UK as all showers will have toughened safety glass which shatters in the same way regardless of thickness.

However, is the thickness an indicator of quality?

Well, in terms of actual 'feel' and movement, the thicker glass showers do have a more weighted feel. Sliding doors for example may wobble a little with use when constructed using 3 or 4mm glass. Whilst a 6 or 8mm glass sliding shower door might be more solid and move less when opened or closed. This is not to say that the glass is of any better quality itself, only that the movement of opening shower doors may benefit by using a thicker glass. Another factor that will increase the solid feel of a moving shower door is its hinges or sliding mechanism. As thicker glass means an increase in weight, it stands to reason that the mechanisms used to move the shower doors need to be more heavy duty in construction than those needed for thinner glass. This will also help to give a thicker glass shower door better 'feel' in its opening and closing action.




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Friday, January 16, 2015

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Selection of frameless doors

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Selection of frameless doors

The designs for shower doors have changed a lot and the options available nowadays go from a simple curtain to awesome glass or wooden designs. By far, one of the most famous designs is represented by the frameless shower doors, because they offer unlimited space. If this product fits your budget, then go with it. If you are worried about durability or strength, you should know that this is just as strong as the rest of the doors, since metal hinges are involved. The glass is not only frameless, but it also brings distinct finishes from which to choose. They might cost a bit more, but they sure compensate through elegance.






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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Shower Doors Can Give Your Bathroom a Unique Look

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Shower Doors Can Give Your Bathroom a Unique Look

Did you know that shower doors are available with features that allow you to create a unique design in your bathroom? Most home improvement stores will have several styles on display so you can get an idea of how a particular design may look in your space. You may also find some tools online that help you choose different options to build your own shower design. Consider just a few of the features you may choose from to set your bathroom apart:

Framed or Frameless:
Many modern designs of shower doors are frameless, meaning that there is not a frame surrounding the shower enclosure. The glass enclosure is mounted directly to the wall, allowing for a sleek, smooth look. The glass is a thicker and more architecturally sound structure since there is no frame supporting it. You will still have the ability to customize your look with the hardware design for the handle and hinges. 
For a framed enclosure, you can pick from different painted enamel and traditional metal finishes. They are usually less expensive than frameless doors. This type is better at holding water due to the metal structure. Framed styles also allow you to choose from more glass options, so you have the ability to create more of a unique design.


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Monday, January 12, 2015

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Glass Shower Enclosures Are the Future

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Glass Shower Enclosures Are the Future

The bathroom designs of today are all about comfort, openness, and flow. Shower enclosures compliment this style mindset with gorgeous designs that provide a seamless look with contemporary flair. Shower curtains are a thing of the past, and custom glass shops are no longer your only avenue to achieving a beautiful and modern glass enclosure. When it comes to your home one of the most important areas is the bathroom. Remodeling can be a tough job and can end up taking much longer and costing much more than you first thought.

Glass shower enclosures come in tons of different sizes, shapes, configurations and finish options. There are round, square, neo-angle, rectangular, and much more! Many of the shower enclosures manufactures allow you to create your own custom pan yourself, and use our glass to create a sleek shower of almost any size! With the different pre-cut sizes of the shower system you can literally have 10,000 different shower configurations! There are several gorgeous finishes to choose from, including chrome, brushed nickel, and oil rubbed bronze! Corner showers, enclave showers, even steam showers!



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