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Welcome to CT Shower & Bath’s new website! Special thanks to Andrew J. Siegel, President, Stegel Systems Consulting (http://www.stegelconsulting.com) for his vision, creativity and diligence that made this website a reality.

As our slogan suggests, we want to help you build the perfect bath; that sanctuary that can kick start your day or help bring a relaxing end to it. With the pressure of time, more people than ever are taking showers. Glass enclosures for showers come in many shapes and styles, but frameless designs are very popular for today’s bath remodeling project. Frameless means the swing door or sliding panel has no metal framing around it. The only metal is the hinge or hanger that holds it in place and a pull to open and close it. The glass has to be thick enough to be structurally sound; 3/8″ is typically strong enough, but 1/2″ will be used in certain designs were the glass panel needs more rigidity. The frameless category affords many glass options of textures, patterns and tints. Clear glass is the most popular for three reasons: it disappears so you can show off that great surround, keeps the bathroom open and airy in and out of the shower, and it’s the least expensive choice. The hardware has many finishes to choose from with the most popular being chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze and polished brass. There is a wide variety of pulls that can complement the style of the shower controls or faucets. A 6″ center-to-center double “C” pull is very popular; it’s clean simple lines blends well with many designs and it’s not expensive. With multiple glass designs, the fixed panels can be secured by channel, clips or clamps. Channels run parallel with the perimeter of the walls and base where the panels are secured. Clamps are “squares” of metal that mechanically fasten the glass to the walls and shower base. The clamps are placed every so many inches on the perimeter of the fixed panel. Clips are small segments of channel placed similarly to the location of clamps. Lastly, seals are applied to 3 sides of the door, serving to keep the water inside. Seals can be eliminated, but the gap tolerances have to be tightened. The cost of frameless enclosures is around $65/ sq ft installed. Frameless is the most expensive option when considering glass enclosures, but the look is awesome!

Posted by Steven Vendetta on November 4, 2010