More aesthetic than ever, the shower screen is known as an indispensable tool to prevent water splashes in bathrooms.
Although the shower screen is more expensive than a shower curtain, which offers unattractive solutions, it is still more practical and aesthetic at the same time. Wet, the shower curtain gives a sensation that leaves much to be desired: it sticks to the body. This way, there is no need to stay in the shower for a long time.
Because it retains heat and stays in place, the shower screen is designed to extend your time in the bathroom in a moment of pure relaxation.
Usually made of safety glass, this device is available in standard or custom-made, removable or sliding. If you have chosen the model that suits you, we detail step by step the simple steps of DIY to install your shower enclosure without going through a professional.
Materials and consumables dedicated to the installation of a shower enclosure:
- A silicone gun and a cartridge of silicone glue A silicone sealant roller
- Plugs and screws
- A tape measure and a pencil
- A flat file
- A bubble level
- A hammer
- An electric screwdriver or screwdriver kit
- A percussion drill
- A drill for metals and materials
- Install a shower screen yourself in 6 steps
The installation of a shower enclosure does not require any special skills. Simple and fast (1h30 on average), its principle is based on taking measurements, installing a silicone seal, and installing the shower screen.
1- Preparing and taking inventory
The first step is to unpack the shower enclosure. Then, we make an inventory of the different fixing materials. Check the tools such as the rail, profile, fixing joint, and the stabilizing bar. The checks should be carried out according to the instructions. You must also make sure that the dimensions correspond to your request. Make sure that your working area is perfectly protected, especially the tiling of your bathroom as well as the shower tray, without forgetting the taps.
2- Place the first profile on the wall
In practice, one of the prerequisites is to install the profile that will be fixed to the wall. To do this, you must repair the drill holes previously drilled in the profile. Place the profile where it is to be fixed and check its verticality. With the profile perfectly positioned, use a felt pen to mark the fixing points.
Using a drill with a tile drill of the correct diameter, drill the wall. However, the tile must be drilled carefully. Ideally, drill in a joint with a diamond drill bit. Once the wall is drilled, fix the profile on its location.
Use silicone to fill the holes, then put one of the silicone on the wall from top to bottom, where the profile is. This will make it easy to insert the dowels into the fixing points. Then, while positioning the profile, check the horizontality of the profile and if possible make adjustments, and finally screw the device into the wall.
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3 – Install the glass wall
To do this, insert the wall stud into the profile. Start with the first lower corner. Carefully straighten the wall, taking into account its weight, then put it completely in place and tap on the outside with a rubber mallet.
4 – Installing the shower screen
The jamb and the profile are placed together by means of screws spaced at the same intervals along the entire length. Some models are supplied with pre-drilled holes and others with threads. If you wish to make holes, use a metal drill to drill into the profile. You have to pay attention to a 15 mm interval between the wall and the holes. Once the profile is screwed onto the upright, place the plug on top of the profile to seal it.
5 – Fixing a fixed wall
If you have also chosen a fixed wall, you must maintain its fixation with a high rod and a shoe. To install the rod, you must place it on the outside edge of the glass wall without fixing it. Make sure that it is vertical before marking the marks with a felt pen or pencil. Afterward, remove the rod, drill a hole in the fixing point, and insert the pin. Insert the rod into the screwed rod base in advance.
Hook and screw the rod on the wall. Don’t forget to fix the shoe. To do this, apply a silicone bead at the bottom of the shoe to hold the wall. Then install the shoe on the glass. After sliding it at the bottom of the glass, the shoe is installed on the glass.
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6 – Apply the silicone seal
This last step is essential to bring a good finish to your assembly. Making a silicone gasket along the wall will ensure its water tightness. On the exterior profiles, apply a silicone gasket. However, if you have opted for a movable wall, apply a gasket on the jamb only.
Finally, to limit mold, you must also seal on the outside, always with silicone which has the merit of not degrading when it is in direct contact with water. For more esthetics, please smooth the joints with your finger.
That’s it, you know everything about the steps to install a shower enclosure.
Translated and adapted by Noobuzz staff.