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How to: Install A Quadrant Shower Enclosure

The Quadrant shower enclosure provides an elegant as well as spacious design and is a must have shower enclosure for your new bathroom, however, if you have chosen a quadrant shower enclosure for your bathroom then you may be wondering, how do I install it? Well we are going to cover all of the basic steps required to fit your brand new Quadrant shower enclosure right now.

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Make It Level
The first and possibly most crucial step of installing your new shower enclosure is to ensure that the tray you will be using is level. However, why is this so important? Well if you try to install your new shower enclosure on a tray that is not level then it can make it much more difficult to both fit against your wall and, depending on how badly the tray is not level, could affect how it looks in your bathroom, i.e. it may look wonky in your bathroom.

 

 

 

 

Build The Frame
Once you have ensured that your tray is perfectly level you can then start to construct the main frame for your shower enclosure. So for this you will require your 2 straight panels which, depending on the make, will come attached to 2 metal profiles. With these 2 pieces you will need to firstly attach them to the bottom-curved bar of your shower enclosure, this is done by placing your pieces of straight glass (one on either end) flush against the top of your curved bar. There should then be a certain amount of over hang from the metal profile attached to your straight piece of glass which you will use to connect to the end of your curved bar by using screws to join the 2 together. You will then need to repeat this procedure with the second curved bar which will sit at the top of your frame.

 

 

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Join It To The Wall
As you may be able to guess from the title of this paragraph, the next stage is to attach the frame to the wall. In order to do this you will need to slot your wall profiles (part C on the Aquaspa Deluxe Quadrant) over the metal profile of your straight glass panel. Your enclosure can then be positioned on the walls in your bathroom to wherever you want it to sit on your tray, then once positioned you should use a pencil to mark where the holes need to be drilled on your wall to join the shower enclosure tightly to the wall (holes come predrilled on the wall profiles).
Once you have marked out all of the holes that need to be drilled you should then move the shower enclosure away so that you can drill the holes. After the holes have been drilled in your walls you can then place the wall plugs (part M on the Aquaspa Deluxe Quadrant) into the holes, place the enclosure back in the required location and then screw the wall profiles to the wall.

 

 


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Don’t Forget To Join The Rest Of The Frame
So now you have your wall profiles joined firmly to your walls and the rest of the frame slotted inside the wall profiles, so the next step is to firmly secure the wall profile to the rest of the frame. This is done in a similar way in which they were joined to the walls, so firstly by drilling a hole through both the wall profile (Hole is Pre-Drilled on Aquaspa Deluxe Quadrant) and the profile attached to your straight piece of glass. Once this is done you can then use the screws provided to firmly attach the two together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where Are The Doors?
Now that you have your frame tightly fastened into place you can add the doors, so firstly you will need to attach the rollers to your door. When this is done you need to ensure that the rollers you use at the top of the doors are fixed and the bottom rollers are quick release. Once all 8 rollers have been attached to your 2 quadrant doors (4 rollers per door) you then need to ensure that all seals are attached to the doors and on the inside edges of the two fixed straight panels as shown in the diagrams.
The final steps that need to be done to complete the doors for you quadrant shower enclosure is to attach the chrome doorknobs to the doors and to fit the doors to the enclosure. These two steps can be done in either order so it is up to you which step you complete first, in this case we will attach the doors first. This is simply done by inserting the top rollers into the top curved bar of your shower enclosure which should then hold your door in place whilst you sort the bottom rollers. These need to be done slightly differently as they are quick release rollers so you will need to gently push down on both rollers which will push the wheels down so that you can insert them into the rail of the bottom curved bar. Once your doors have been attached like this you can simply screw your doorknobs into the pre-drilled holes to allow you to open and close the doors with ease.

 

 

The Finishing Touches
Now that you have your new quadrant shower enclosure fitted together you just need to add the finishing touches. All this will involve is adding your chrome cover caps that are provided with the enclosure and then simply using your sealant to seal your shower and prevent any leaks from occurring. So there you have it, your enclosure is now fitted and ready for use, as soon as the sealant dries of course.

 

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How To: Install A Bath Screen

20 Jun 2016 11:40:52

If you don’t have the space in your bathroom for a separate shower enclosure then choose the next best thing; a bath screen. A bath screen will allow you to utilise your bathing space, providing you with plenty of space for both showering AND bath time.


Before you choose your bath screen ensure that you have adequate space and select a bath screen based on your needs. To help you decide on a bath screen, have a look at our blog “Which Is The Best Bath Screen For Your Bath?”


How To: Fit A Bath Screen


• Use the wall channel profile to measure and mark out your shower screen position; use a pencil to mark the drill holes.

• Drill the holes into the pencil marks.

• Please the wall channel onto the wall and secure with screws into the spaces created.

• Insert the side pillar into the wall channel/profile.

• Adjust the bath screen until it is level with the bath.

• Once the screen is positioned correctly, mark the wall channel 100mm from the top to help show where you will need to screw the screen into.

• Drill a hole into the wall channel and side panel until it reaches the centre at the top of the shower screen. Do not drill through both sides.

• Use provided screws to fit the drilled hole at the top of the shower screen.

• Repeat this action, but now position the bottom part of the shower screen into position 100mm from the bottom and carry out the same steps to fit the bottom part of the shower screen.

• Mark the centre of the profile, equal distance from the top and bottom to complete the fit of the shower screen.

• Place cover caps to conceal the screws.

• Attach the seal to the bottom of the bath screen for a water tight seal.

We, at Shower Enclosures Direct, recommended that you finish your installation with a bead of silicone on the outside of the shower screen. Have a look at some of our most popular bath screens below, or check out our full range here


How to Install a Stone Resin Shower Tray:

If you are choosing to install your new shower tray direct to the floor then our helpful step-by-step guide makes your installation a simple and easier process. Purchasing the correct shower tray for your new shower enclosure is essential as it provides the base for any successful installation. At Shower Enclosures Direct, we only stock and sell British made stone resin shower trays. Why do we only sell stone resin shower trays; it’s pretty simple, the stone resin shower trays that we sell are not only made in the U.K. but also come supplied with a lifetime guarantee. The stone resin shower trays that we supply are completely solid in structure, however they weigh 50% lighter than conventional stone resin shower trays on the market. 
Read our latest blog post on why we only sell stone resin shower trays: acrylic v stone resin shower tray review.

 

Stone resin shower tray installation on timber falling.


Make sure that the floorboards you are fitting your shower tray to is securely fixed, if this is not possible, use 18/20, thick green grade chipboard, cut to size of the tray and fixed into place. Check that any loose floorboards/ chipboard that you will be securing into place has no pipes or electrical connections beneath the floor level.


It is recommended that you pre-fit your shower tray to ensure that the radius edge (curved edged of the tray) will fit behind/below the tile face. Ensuring that your shower tray will fit correctly in the space before fitting will ensure a watertight seal.


Once you have positioned the shower tray into the desired location, then mark the waste opening. Remove the shower tray and check below the floor level to ensure that there is adequate access for the waste and pipe work. If there is any obstructions for the waste to be positioned then drill a hole and make provisions in the floor for a sufficient diameter to allow the entire waste to fall below the floor level and run freely.


Use a clear waterproofing agent to seal the installation area. Fit the waste and trap to the shower tray, we do recommend that you use a silicone sealant around the waste to provide a watertight seal. Before fitting the shower tray into position, you will need to ensure that the entire base of the tray is going to be fully supported. To provide support that shower tray will need to make a base with a 5mm (minimum) thick mixture of sand and cement. The minimum 5mm thickness is at the lowest point of the tray, once you have made the base of cement ensure that the top of the  tray is  levelled. Please be aware that the base of the shower tray has a built-in fall to allow for drainage meaning it will lower around the waste hole.


We advise that all the tray to wall joints are now sealed with a bead of silicone sealant, once this has been done then the wall call be tiled. Once the tiles are fitted apply and final bead of silicone sealant between the tray and the tiles prior to fitting the shower enclosure/ door.
Installation onto a solid floor.

Fitting a shower tray behind bathroom tiles:


If you are fitting your shower tray behind bathroom tiles, ensure that the overall width of the tile and grout/ sealant will not out measure the adjustment within the shower door/ enclosure. Shower doors and enclosures have an adjustment range within the wall profiles/ channels meaning that they can always reduce in size thus allowing you to get a perfect fit. However if your installer has fitted a thick bathroom tile and used a lot of adhesive it can sometimes eat up all of your adjustment left and you will find that the shower door/ enclosure purchased will no longer fit onto the shower tray. Consider the adjustment range provided within the door and ensure that after installing the tiles that you still have adequate clearance to fit the shower door. On average, an adjustment is 15mm per wall profile. If you choose a thick bathroom tile, you may require fitting your shower tray on top of the tiles.

 

Mortar mixture for a stone resin shower tray:

It is advised that the mixture of the sand and cement is 5:1. You will want to achieve a dry consistency with the mixture. Mix 1 part ordinary cement to 5 parts soft sand. Mix the two together until they take a uniform colour. Add water gradually into the mixture to achieve a flexible consistency; it must not be runny!


In the event that the place chosen to fit the shower tray is a solid floor or prevents difficulty to run a waste assembly freely under the floor we recommend the use of a leg riser kit. A leg riser kit is designed to be fitted directly into the screw retention underside of the stone resin shower tray and allows you to elevate your tray, ensuring ease of access when plumbing in the shower waste.  Our leg riser kit allows you to elevate your shower tray by 100mm and the removable plinth grants ease of access to the waste and plumbing.

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How to install a quadrant shower enclosure :

Install your dream shower enclosure correctly. At Shower Enclosures Direct, we pride our self with the industry experience, which sets us apart from our competitors. Our team are fully trained to advise on how you can install our products correctly and what our top tips are to maintain your product correctly and therefore ensure the longevity of the product.

We all find following instructions quite the challenge in itself, our blog post covering how to install a quadrant shower enclosure is here to help you make sense on how to do the installation correctly.

 

Tools required :

  • Pencil
  • Flat Screwdriver
  • Cross Screwdriver
  • Drill Bits
  • Drill Machine
  • Rubber Hammer
  • Level Ruler
  • Tape Measure

Step by step instructions for AquaSpa luxury quadrant shower door enclosure installation . Simply assemble as it is per the instructions for a professional standard installation.


Fitting

Ensure the shower tray fitted level with a level ruler across the surface area. If the shower tray is fitted incorrectly this can be detrimental to the installation of the enclosure.

  • To start your installation of the Aquspa Luxury quadrant you will require assembling the bottom curved rail with the chrome-finished stoppers (part S). The chrome stoppers fit directly at the end of the rail.
  • You are provided with two fixed glass panels, the glass panels are fitted with a fixed chrome profile. Positon one at a time the fixed panel and fit on to the bottom rail. Fit the chrome fixed profile flush against the chrome stoppers (part S) and use the two (part A) st4*30 screws to fit the fixed profile to the bottom curved rail.
  • Repeat step 2 for and fit the top curved rail.
  • Apply (part I) vertical seals to the exposed glass on each fixed panel and then attach the wall profiles. Do not fix the wall profiles to the fixed profiles, they are positioned as a guide for the installation at this stage.
  • Now you have the frame fitted you will need to position it onto the shower tray. Guide the assemble quadrant enclosure on to the shower tray to check for adjustment and fitting position. This step will allow you to check for alignment of the wall profiles for out of true walls and see how the shower enclosure will sit onto the tray.
  • Ensure you are happy with the fit of the enclosure and use a level and pencil to mark out the fitting position. Mark out the position once you have ensured the frame is level and sitting flush on top of the shower tray. Mark out the position with a pencil where the drill holes are in the wall profile (part D).
  • Drill holes in the marked areas from point 6. Use wall plugs in holes drilled then fit the wall profile directly onto the wall.
  • Now you will want to ensure the adjustment is correct. The adjustment allows you to reposition the profiles/ enclosure to get an exacting fit. Fit the second wall profile to the wall after getting the correct adjustment fitted.
  • Fit the wall profile to the inner fixed profile using parts 0 and L (screws and rubber ring).
  • The enclosure frame is now fitted into position.
  • Now fix the rollers to the glass doors, the top rollers are fixed and the bottom rollers will be quick release meaning the chrome housing will go up and down when pressed.
  • Fit the seals on to the exposed glass door edge, magnetic strip to be position on the door handle side. You can fit the handles at this stage too.
  • Position the glass door into the enclosure and fit the top rollers into the curved rail. Once the top rollers are positioned, the door will hand and you will have to press down on the bottom quick release rollers to guide the door into the bottom-curved rail.
  • Once the doors are fitted you may find a slight overlap of the doors, you will be required to use an alan key on the top rollers to make an adjustment for a perfect fit for the shower doors. Ensure the shower doors are flush and the magnetic strips create a seamless watertight seal.

 

  • The finishing touches, attach full length covering strips which conceal all fittings (part C) this will click into place and add cover caps to the top of the profiles.

 

Seal the outer edge of your shower enclosure to reduce any leaks and create a clean finish. Never seal the inside of any shower enclosure, the water will flow into the shower enclosure frame and flow back into the cubical. By sealing the inside of your shower cubical you forcing the water to try and escape when it gets into the frame which is most cases causes further leaks.

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Why choose a sliding shower door.

14 May 2015 14:06:02

If you are starting to look for a shower door / enclosure to complete your bathroom you may find options you never considered before. The shower door and enclosure market is vast and the possibilities for what you want can seem endless. Our blog provides a conscientious view point on why a sliding shower door may be the best option for you and your home.

What is a sliding shower door?

A sliding shower door is fitted into a corner of a room or an alcove to provide a separate showering facility within your bathroom / en-suite / cloakroom. A sliding shower door does exactly as the name suggests, it is designed so that it will slide back and forth to allow for entry into the shower cubical.

The benefits of a sliding shower door:

Sliding shower doors are a firm favorite with consumers and are the most popular shower enclosure to sell above all others. It is easy to understand why this style of shower door is a best seller among all other variations of shower doors available.  Based on years of research and engineering triumphs, a quality sliding shower door is designed to glide smoothly when in use. Twin rollers enable the shower door  to effortless and smoothly glide in motion when opening and closing the door. sliding-shower-door-showerenclosuresdirect sliding_showerdoor_rollover   As the sliding shower door slides backwards onto itself it therefore will not project into the room at any point in time. The design of a sliding shower door means that you only have to consider the floor-plan that the door/ enclosure will be fitted into and makes it the firm favorite for households trying to maximize on their bathroom space. A sliding shower door offer excellent practical application for any sized bathroom, the vast range of sizes ensure that you can select the perfect shower door to fit into your space. The average height for any shower door measures 1850mm. Slding shower doors average sizing in widths are slightly larger then other style doors and can come in larger sizes unavailable with other common shower doors. For example the average sizing for a pivot/ hinge or bifold shower door is 760mm / 800mm and 900mm and the average widths for a sliding shower door is 1000mm / 1200mm / 1400mm/ 1500mm/ 1600mm and 1700mm. The reasoning for the larger widths on a sliding shower is purely because of the way the door opens, anything smaller then a 1000mm sliding door would leave a small entry width which reduces any ease of access for getting into the showering cubical. The slightly larger width of 1000mm means that the sliding shower door is the practical solution for medium to large sized bathrooms. The sliding shower door ensures that you maximize all opportunity for space saving within your bathroom and unlike any other style of shower door you do not need to consider about the placement of other bathroom products as the doors do not project into your room or against anything else. Consider when purchasing a shower door if you can afford to sacrifice on a door which will swing into the room by 90 degrees.
A sliding shower door must have list:
Nylon Rollers:
Nylon rollers will not perish unlike cheaper plastic roller. Plastic rollers will with ages start to become brittle and their lifespan will not last as long as nylon. Nylon rollers are hard wearing and ensure a smooth action when in use.
Quick Release Rollers:
Quick release rollers allow you to simple push down on your rollers to allow them t release from the chrome track and maintain / clean your sliding shower door with minimal effort.
Toughened Safety Glass:
Due to the vast range of brands available you can now select a sliding shower door not only based on dimensions but also now on the thickness of the glass used. We recommend as sliding shower door should be made using 6mm or 8mm toughened safety glass.  Anything less then 6mm toughened safety glass can mena the sliding shower can feel and look flimsy on the other hand anything more then 8mm can have vastly other consequences as a result of the additional weight. It is pure vanity to think that the thicket the glass the better it is. Toughened safety glass is made using the same method regardless of thickness, they all have the same safety functionality. The question we pose as a result of a thicker glass the manufacture/ factory should consider better quality consumable parts. For anything thicker then 6/8mm glass you should ensure that the rollers used are of a higher standard and can withstand the extra weight to function smoothly and feel effortless when opening / closing. You should and must also ask the seller if the rollers lifespan will be anything different then standard due to the extra weight they will have to carry, badly designed rollers can have a detrimental impact on the functionality of any sliding shower door.   Read our blog for more information on toughened safety glass.
Full Length Magnetic Strips AND SEALS:
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Correctly maintaining your bathroom is of vital importance, ensuring the longevity of your shower product means you will not have to replace this item in years to come.  Keeping you bathroom clean and mess free can seem like an arduous daily task and hard to keep on top off but our blog is here to help you.

Did you know that some cleaning products can be harmful to your bathroom?

Keep on top of your cleaning and keep pesky mold/ mildew/ water stains/ bath tub rings/ limescale  and drain clogs at bay with our top tips. A germ free and well maintained bathroom will allow you to soak in the bath hassle free. warm-soapy-water-wash-clean   Our top and basic tip to maintain your bathroom is the old fashioned warm soap water and a bit of elbow grease. Obviously there are some other cleaning products that can be used but you must think carefully about the cleaning products you select. Some cleaning materials contain strong corrosive chemicals which can do more damage then good. Some strong and hazardous cleaning products can cause irreversible damage to your bathroom product and shorten the life span of it's use.

How to maintain your shower enclosure correctly.

You should clean any shower enclosure thoroughly once a month.
  1. We recommend the use of a bowl of warm soap water to clean any shower door. Remove your seals and clean thoroughly with your warm soap water, allow them to dry before placing them back onto the shower door as you do not want water build up.
  2. Use a lubricant such as vaseline Vaseline-Pure-Petroleum-Jelly-10596and run across you shower doors' runner/ track. An oiled lubricant will mean your shower door rollers will glide smoothly and effortlessly. If you have hard water using vaseline is a great way to reduce the stiffening / seizing of the roller. Keeping your rollers on a shower door is vital to ensure the longevity of the product, neglecting this part will inevitable mean you are continuously purchasing replacement parts.
  3. A squeegee is a great addition to reduce limescale build up and keep your shower door glass sparkling. A quick and effortless way of maintaining your shower door daily.
  4. Clean your glass with paper tissue to buff out any stubborn limescale spots, using circular motions to remove any water streaks.

How to maintain your bathroom sink and toilet correctly.

  1. Use white vinegar / baking soda / liquid detergent used with paper towels  to line the porcelain for 30 minutes then rinse the porcelain afterwards to keep the white enamel glistening.
  2. Use a mixture of lemon juice (can be from a bottle or fresh)  and powder borax, use a non abrasive damp sponge and rub the mixture onto the toilet suites to ensure you get rid of pesky stains. Use some elbow grease to scrub out stains the rinse thoroughly on porcelain enamel surfaces.
  3. Use baking soda mixed with white vinegar to remove any water blockages. Add baking soda and the white vinegar into your toilet pan allow this to sit for a few minutes then add hot water to activate the ingredients to work correctly, if you can leave this over night and then flush the toilet this should remove any blockages and clean your pipes at the same time.

How to maintain your bathroom tap / shower head correctly.

  1. If you see little white spots appearing on your shower heads / taps then this is lime deposits which are most likely built up from hard water. These pesky white spots may seem a nightmare to get off but there is a quick and simple ingredient to make them vanish faster than Houdini. Use white vinegar  soaked into a cloth and clean the product. Afterwards go back and buff the tap/ shower with a dry cloth for a sparkling finish.
  2. For any corrosive build ups our top tip is to use wd-40(sparingly) on a cloth and rub into the affected area.
  3. Organic treatment for corrosive build up is to use a mixture of lemon juice with salt and rub into the corroded area with a cloth.
  4. To make your tap / shower sparkle you can use a general toothpaste and rub all over the tap thoroughly then rinse off.

Say goodbye to bathroom mold.

  1. Use a water spray bottle, place a quarter tablespoon of baking soda mixed with water. Shake the solution thoroughly ensuring the baking soda is dissolved. Spray the moldy area and use a scourer / sponge to scrub thoroughly removing the mold and then rinse. Once dry spray the area one more time and leave to dry, this will remove any mold residue and stop mold from coming back again.
  2. You can repeat the same process with replacing baking soda for white vinegar (the smell will go after a few hours) / tea tree oil (you will not have to rinse the area using this).
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If you don't have the room for a separate shower enclosure a over the bath shower is the next best thing to installing a shower into your bathroom. Installing a bath screen can allow you to create the best  practical uses out of your bathroom aiding a space for showering without compromising on space for your bath. Showers have become increasingly popular with our fast passed lifestyles allowing us to clean quickly and get on the move.  Before you select you shower screen be conscious of your space and select the best shower screen for your own individual needs (see our blog on this here).

How to fit a shower screen.

A bath screen which uses a rise and fall hinge allows you to move the screen when not in use or have the screen in position to protect your bathroom from water damage as it creates a water resistant barrier. The classic bath screen benefits from 6mm toughened safety glass and rubber seal which runs the length of the bottom of the screen to ensure a water tight seal. The classic shower screen is universalize meaning it can open left or right handed and has a 25mm adjustment meaning you can get a tailored fit for your bathroom.
  1. Use the wall channel profile into measure and mark out your shower screen position, use a pencil to mark the drill holes.
  2.  Drill the wall channel into the determined positioning onto the bathroom wall.
  3. Insert the sidepillar into the wall channel.
  4. Adjust the bath screen till it is level with the bath.
  5. Once the screen is positioned into the correctly mark the wall channel 100mm from the top to help show where you will need to screw the screen into.
  6. Drill a hole into the wall channel and side panel until it reaches the center at the top of the shower screen.  Do not drill through both sides.
  7. Use provided screw to fit the drilled hole and top of the shower screen.
  8. Repeat step 5 but now position the bottom part of the shower screen into position 100mm from the bottom and carry out the same steps to fit the bottom part of the shower screen.
  9. Mark the center of the profile, equal distance from the top and bottom to complete the fit of the shower screen.
  10. Place cover caps to conceal the screws.
  11. Attach the seal to the bottom of the bath screen for a water tight seal.
It is recommended that you finish your installation with a bead of silicone on the outside of the shower screen. For a full set of instruction on how to fit a shower screen please see the manufactures instructions. loveyoubathrooms There is no need for a shower screen to be old fashioned, make a statement and create a wow bathroom.
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When choosing between shower enclosures it’s important to get the right fit for your bathroom. Before embarking upon any project our advice would be to bare these 3 point in mind: size, usage & planning.

Hudson Reed Memoir Bathroom Suite
Picture this, it’s been lingering over your head for a while, but now you've decided to take the plunge and sort out your bathroom. That tired old suite has got to go, and as for those tiles! But before you jump in both feet first take a little time to think the project through. Rarely is a bathroom renovation as straightforward as plonking a new suite in place. It takes careful consideration to get things right, especially when it comes to shower enclosures.

1. Assess Your Bathrooms Size

This has to be your starting point. There are lots of different forms of shower enclosures on the market, each with its pros and cons. To make sure you get the right fit take the time to measure up your bathroom and look at the current layout. If you’re dealing with a small en-suite the overall dimensions may dictate that you have to go with a space saving option such as a quadrant shower enclosure, or it may be that by rejigging the position of your toilet, sink and bath (if you have one) means you can go for a different style of enclosure.

2. Your bathrooms Usage

Bathrooms are definitely an important room in any house, but how you use the bathroom may well inform your choices. Do you hop in the shower for a quick 5 minute rinse, brush your teeth and then get out? Or are you the sort who lights a few candles, gets out the essential oils and spends half an hour in steamy luxury? Also, is this your main or only bathroom or an additional bathroom, en-suite or small cloakroom conversion? All of this will impact your decisions and which shower enclosures will suit.

3. Plan It Out

Once you've assessed your space and needs, and whittled down your options from the huge range of shower enclosures available, plan out your bathroom layout. Draw up a floor plan and don’t miss out anything that could restrict the space: radiators, windows, doors (especially if they open into the bathroom). Then see where the best position for each element is. If you’re going to move the toilet, shower enclosure and sink consider what impact this will have on not only your experience in the bathroom but also additional work for relocating plumbing and so on. It’s definitely worth speaking with an experienced plumber at this stage to make sure you get it right. These simple tips will ensure that you choose a shower enclosure that gives you the perfect fit for your bathroom, regardless of its size. If you would like to more about our range of shower enclosures please click here.

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shower screen vs shower curtain

When remodeling or simply freshening up your bathroom costs can quickly add up. So, why do we recommend the use of a bath screen opposed to a shower curtain? Read our full article on shower screens vs shower curtains. Did you know that the most valued room in your house is the bathroom? A well-fitted bathroom can add thousands on to the value of your home, choosing the wrong colour toilet suite can devalue your bathroom just as much. Getting your bathroom right has never been so crucial! not only for the value of your home but also for your own sense of well-being.showerscreens_curtains Shower Screens v Shower Curtains[/caption] These 5 tips have been compiled to ensure that you do not get your remodel wrong. We hope that our years of experience will help in your decision making when completing your bathroom.

1. Think about the lifetime of your product

Shower doors and screens are designed to last, thinking about the longevity of the product you choose is critical. Buying a product that lasts is a must; shower screens are tested and approved and come with manufacturer's guarantees, starting from 10 years to a lifetime time guarantee. Check the guarantee of the product you choose so you know you will not be replacing your shower screen every 6 months unlike your shower curtain; where replacing it every month seems like the norm.

2. Is a shower screen the expensive option?

When searching for a quality shower curtain online you can see from any basic search prices fluctuate from a couple of pounds to over a hundred pounds. Let’s not forget that the prices of  bath screens range from £60 to over £100 pounds on average, shower screens are not the expensive option in comparison to a quality shower curtain, do your research and lets forget this old aged myth that shower curtains are cheap and cheerful. The cost of replacing a shower curtain every time is important to factor in when coming to your final decision, if you think it costs £20 on average for a really cheap curtain and you have to replace it every couple of months then the price soon starts to add up.  Think about the quality of your item and it's life span, you will realize that any bath screen on a basic search will rival the price on any decent quality shower screen.

3. Who really likes the feeling of shower curtain being stuck to them?

Let’s be honest, does a shower curtain offer a practical solution to showering like a shower door or bath screen can? The honest answer if we ask ourselves this is, no. No-one really likes the feeling of a sticky / clingy shower curtain stuck to them when they are trying to clean. We have all been there and we have all got annoyed and irritated by floppy shower curtain. Is it really worth the hassle? Showering should be a relaxing and refreshing experience to get us a clean, we should feel ready to get going whether it is in the morning or night.

4. Keeping your shower clean?

So you have a shower curtain and you start to get mold on it and the material is starting to crack, when you start to think about the overall appearance of your bathroom you must think what would a stranger think? Does your dingy curtain make your room look fresh? In addition, we all know the harmful effects of mold to people with breathing difficulties such as asthmatics. Shower screens are easy to maintain and you can now buy shower screens treated with easy clean to reduce the build-up of any water markings / stains on your glass. If your shower door or screen does not offer easy clean this is not a problem a quick wash with a cloth and the glass should look as good as the day you purchased it.dirty_curtain How clean is your shower curtain?

5. Choose your style

Shower screens come in a variety of styles and sizes so you can get the perfect fit for your space. Whether you need a folding screen on top of your bath to be folded away when not in use, or a static shower screen you will be able to find it at shower enclosures direct. Ok so maybe the draw back with a bath screen is that you can't have a spotty pattern on it, or your favorite musical artist, but what shower screens offer is a fantastic up to date modern look for your bathroom. Shower screens are featured heavily in many designer interiors so when you are re-modelling your bathroom you can get the designer look without the price tag, we at shower enclosures direct offer true value for money on our complete range of shower screens.

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Step By step Instructions for Aqua Spa Deluxe Sliding shower door installation.
Please note this shower door is universal, meaning this sliding door can be fitted to open left or right, simply assemble as it is per the instructions and then turn the sliding shower door to the correct hand required for your bathroom. AquaSpa Deluxe Sliding Shower Door The Aqua Spa sliding shower door is easy to assemble and is designed to last with its generous lifetime guarantee from shower enclosures direct.

 Why choose a Sliding Door?

Sliding shower doors are the perfect option when renovating an en-suite, or when you want the additional benefits of a separate shower enclosure in your small family bathroom and do not want to compromise on a bath v shower. Sliding shower doors do exactly as the name suggests, the opening door slides onto the fixed panel creating a generous entry space and ease of access to all users. Sliding shower doors do not project into the room and therefore offer a excellent solution when space is a premium.

Tools required to Assemble a Sliding Shower Door

  •         Pencil
  •         Flat Screwdriver
  •         Cross Screwdriver
  •         Drill Bits
  •         Drill Machine
  •         Rubber Hammer
  •         Level Ruler
  •         Tape Measure

Tools Required for Sliding Shower Door Assembly

Tools Required for Sliding Shower Door Assembly  

1. Ensure the shower tray fitted is already level with a level ruler across all areas.

2. Fit the static glass panel with side profile attached onto the bottom rail (slotting into the bracket until the door stopper), you can fix the bottom bracket to the static panel once you are happy with the positioning. Use 2 x cross-head screws drilled in from the side rail into the bottom bracket to allow for a correct fit.

3. Fit the top bracket using the same method as step 2.

4. Fit the side rail to the exposed side of the frame using your machine drill to screw into the top and bottom brackets to complete the basic frame for the shower door.

5. We now recommend applying the wall profiles to the frame to help measure up the space for a perfect fit.

6. You will require your frame to fit 15mm into the shower tray to ensure it is correctly positioned and allows for space when sealing the enclosure at the later stages. Your wall will also need to be 90 degrees for the best fit for this enclosure.

7. Plot the exact positioning of drill holes required to match the wall profiles positioning against the walls your shower will be fitting into.

8. Using your drill machine drill into the location of holes mapped out in point 7  then using the rubber hammer insert the wall plugs provided into the hole.

9. Install your shower door frame by using the screws provided to drill and fit the wall profiles into position against the wall.

10. Assemble your frame lastly by now using the screws and cover caps provided for the wall profile to be screwed to the side profiles. Using the cover caps supplied to hide the screws (fittings) for a perfect finish.

11. Attach both full length seals to the sliding glass door panel and to the fixed panel making sure the seal blades are fitted parallel of each other making a water tight seal.

12. Assemble both top and bottom rollers correctly to the glass sliding door and a fix the chrome bar handle at this same point.

13. Now to position the sliding shower door into the frame. You will need to position the top roller wheels direct into the top bracket.

14. The sliding shower door will be suspended from the top rollers and you will now be required to push onto the bottom quick release rollers to fit the rollers into the bottom rail.

15. To get an accurate level height adjustment for your shower door you can use your cross-head screwdriver to position the top screws in the roller.

16. Now for the finishing touches add your top cover caps  to the top of the wall and side profiles

17. Silicone only on the exterior of the shower enclosure.

Fit your sliding shower door correctly:

If you have only silicon-ed the exterior of the shower door the water will not pool up or collect in the frame but will be able to flow away freely. As experts in our field we advise that you should never silicone the interior of your sliding shower door. When siliconing the interior of a any shower door you will prevent the water from flowing freely, the water will find its way through gaps in the frame and if you have only silicon-ed the exterior of your frame the water will fun back in the tray and drain away as it should. In our years of experience in this field we have seen customers who have fitted their shower doors incorrectly, using silicone on the interior, causing the water to build up and force itself through gaps creating leaks and frustration. By following our simple set of step by step instructions this should prevent any future headaches and help create a modern shower room.

A picture from a failed installation - silconed internally causing leak

A picture from a failed  sliding door installation - silconed internally causing a leak.[/caption] For a visual step by step set of instructions please view the manufactures instruction here.

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