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Frameless glass enclosure installation

naiveteNovember 10, 2012
What is the best bottom installation for a frameless glass shower enclosure? Is it better to install between tile flooring or on top of tile flooring?
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
On TOP! There should be various layers and waterproofing plus the grout (properly sealed) that help to manage water around any shower. You do not want to interrupt those layers by inserting the glass down into a joint. You would just be asking for trouble.
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Hi naivete,

I agree with Deborah, and the shower will require less maintenance with the glass on top of the tile. The other issue is that you would be able to see through the glass and into the mortar below (Not a pretty sight)

Once the shower is tiled, the glass can be secured using the appropriate clips, or a low profile track, and would be siliconed once in place. There are a few instances where we've routed a shallow groove into solid slab stone (on a curb or curbless shower) where the glass sits in the groove to avoid the need for clips, but that scenario is quite different from setting the tile around the glass.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 6:58AM
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