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Take the Time to Plan for Your Shower Enclosure Installation

With a construction project, it is always a good idea to have a plan. Installing a shower enclosure in your bathroom is no exception. The better you plan for this remodel, the smoother the process, and the more you will love and appreciate the final result. Discover some ways you can plan before you begin the process.

1. Know the Overall Budget

Start the planning process by reviewing your overall budget. For example, if you plan to install the enclosure, new tile flooring, and a new vanity — you need to know how much you'll spend total. The reason this step is so important is that it is the only way you can accurately determine how much you can afford to spend on the enclosure. Keep in mind, no matter where you rest on the budget spectrum, there are enclosure options to choose from. 

2. Consider the Style of the Bathroom

Be mindful of the style of your bathroom so that you can choose an enclosure option that is complementary to the existing design. For example, if you have recently updated your bathroom to a contemporary or modern design, you probably want to choose a frameless enclosure, as a framed enclosure may look dated compared to the rest of the features in the room.

3. Think About the Layout

Also, think about the layout in the bathroom. For example, do you plan to remove your tub? If so, you may want to design a larger shower to minimize the amount of dead space. If you will keep the tub, do you want to install the enclosure near the shower or on the other side of the bathroom? This consideration is important because you may need to rework the plumbing if the shower and the tub are not in the same central area.

4. Learn More About Enclosure Glass Options

Familiarize yourself with the glass styles commonly used with enclosures, including laminated glass and tempered glass. Laminated glass has two glass pieces that sandwich a layer of plastic, which helps hold the glass together and prevent it from shattering. Tempered glass is thinner, but when it does shatter it breaks into pellets, which are less dangerous than shards. Review all your options and choose the safest and most functional option for your family. 

If you take the time to review important information in each of these areas, you can make the enclosure installation process easier. Additionally, if you need help with these steps, you can contact a shower enclosure contractor.