Making sure that your shower installation goes smoothly is our first priority. And since the shower glass is the last piece of your bathroom to get installed, it is important that you are set up for success. We want to help you keep the issues at bay and the costs down. We suggest that you review these with your contractor so that together, you can be sure your shower installation goes off without a hitch. At this time, however, there are no convincing theories explaining the reason why shower doors spontaneously explode, which means that the cause of this phenomenon remains a mystery.
However, this will add cost to your shower, so making sure that the walls are constructed properly will save you time and money. If your shower includes a knee wall, it is better to include in-line panel in your design.
That way, you can modify the fixed panel to accommodate the knee wall instead of trying to modify the door. In other words, the swinging shower door cannot be Dusjdor to accommodate the knee wall. So, in your shower design, you need to make sure there are no obstacles, such as a toilet or vanity, that will prevent your shower from opening outward.
Walls which meet a door or glass panel need to be completely vertical, or “Plumb”, in order to prevent gaps, uneven joints, and hinge “Bind”. This means the wall can’t lean in any direction, or be “Bowed” or “Bellied”. While this is an uncommon occurrence, it is important to take precautions if your doors ever become loose, unhinged or cracked. Walls which meet a door or glass panel need to be exactly vertical, or “Plumb”, in order to prevent gaps, uneven joints, and hinge “Bind”.
When planning your shower design, keep in mind that building code requirement irc p 2708.1 states that all hinged shower doors must open outwards. Hinged shower doors that swing inwards only are not permitted by code.
Shower doors are made of tempered glass, which means that when it breaks, it is into rounded pieces, not shards, so the risk of cutting yourself is reduced. The doors may break due to small cracks where they meet the frame or clips, improper transport or installation, or prolonged use. These reports are also rare, however, and the risks are minimal. This is unusual, however, and most reputable companies take extra pains to prevent this.