Redesigning your shower enclosure can be a fun experience, but it often hinges on doing the right planning upfront. Here are some things to think about so that you have the best shower redesign experience.
Hire a Glass Installation Team Upfront
The first thing to do is find a glass installation team that you want to work with. They can be a great resource to you in designing the enclosure, figuring out what constraints apply to your design, and picking the right materials to support your needs.
Shop Around for Glass Textures
If you want to design a unique glass enclosure, it pays to shop around for different textures and colors of glass to use. Your glass installation team will probably have some recommendations for glass styles that are safe and durable. However, if you find something else you like, they can help you evaluate whether it's a good fit for your project based on the strength and other qualities of the glass. You could look for glass choices in construction catalogues, at custom glass shops, and online.
Have the Area Measured
You'll probably want to have the glass shower measured before you make any purchase decisions. Getting exact measurements for your glass will help you answer the question of cost much more accurately. It can help narrow down your glass choices in some cases, if the costs are higher than expected.
Factor in Additional Costs
There are also many additional costs that you must factor in before you make any final choices for your glass shower enclosure. For instance, you might need to install a different shower head if you are changing the size and shape of your shower; the water might be too powerful and shoot out of the enclosure. Your glass team may have an idea of whether this problem would occur, and you can get some idea by running the water at full blast and seeing if it goes past the lines you've marked off for your new shower enclosure.
Another added expense is the cost of fortifying your walls. If you want to have the glass attached to your walls for support, you'll need to see if the walls are hardy enough to support the glass. If it's heavier than your original shower design, then you might need to add additional drywall or other building materials. Taking all things into consideration upfront will ensure that there are no surprises once the designs have been sent out.