Important Tips To Keep In Mind Before Starting Your Bathroom Remodel!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING SHOWER ENCLOSURES
How long will it be before my shower is installed?
Once your tile work is completed, give us a call and we will be out to your home typically within 24 hours of your request, to take our final measurements and collect a deposit. At this time you will also sign off on your showers specific details, (Layout, Hardware, Hardware Finish, Glass Thickness, Protective Glass Coatings, etc.) With this signature and your deposit, we can now begin fabricating your Beautiful custom shower enclosure. Get Excited!! You are approximately 14 business days away from installation!!!
How long will the installation take?
Expect your installation to take about 1.5 hours per panel of glass that’s involved with your unit. If you just have a single door with no extra panels your installation should last roughly about and hour and a half. A standard two panel enclosure should take roughly about three hours, etc, etc, etc. At Just Glass we pride ourselves on our ability to shape our enclosures to fit your walls like a glove, since no wall is perfectly straight, level or plumb we measure and cut all of our glass out of square to match your walls exactly, we focus all the way down to the 1/16th of an inch, to guarantee a PERFECT fit every time, with seamless reveals. For this reason, every installation we do is different from the last, so we stress that these time frames are merely and approximation and can vary per job. We like to schedule all shower appointments to begin between 9-9:30am on the date of your choice. The earlier the better, the main reason being, is that after installation is complete you will need to wait a full 24 hours before opening your door and turning on the water, doing this will garuntee your silicone has dried properly giving you the best seal possible.
Will my shower leak?
Good question! Properly designed and installed showers under normal shower conditions will have minimal water seepage. For added protection, we also add clear vinyl seals at the bottom and either side of the door to help keep the water inside the unit. Last but not least, a clear bead of silicone will be ran in specific areas to serve as your last layer of defense, allowing your enclosure to fend off water from getting into the most elusive escape routes. However! Under direct pressure from the shower, water will penetrate the seals. Again we refer back to the design phase. Water sprayed directly at a hinge will seep through as well. Handheld sprays should not be directed in these areas when showering or cleaning, as you will get the same results. Keep in mind your shower is not a fish tank. Also when exiting your shower and the door is open water can run down onto the floor, this is not a leak, if this is a problem, we advise you to keep a squeegee inside the shower to eliminate that water before opening the door.
Will my shower need a header?
There are times when some panels are just too big and will need additional top support to limit the movement of the panel and make it safe for the occupants. The better question is, can I deal with the noise and vibration and shudder of the door closing onto an unsupported panel. The bigger you get, the further the panel is from the wall and the more insecure it becomes. In no event would we ever install an unsafe product, but when some of these big panels fall right inside the safe limits as the industry adheres to, there will be movement in the panel. Once the unit is installed we cannot give the unit any more support without remaking the door or panel at additional cost to you. We suggest you stop by our showroom to open and close a few doors to get a realistic idea of what to expect. Also at that time you can speak to our experienced professional staff to go over further ideas and explore all of your options!
How do I clean my door?
There are many different cleaning agents out there. Read the labels and make sure there are no abrasives in them. Better yet on our website read about the many glass protectants available, to help keep your doors from spotting and staining. These products work like rain x does on your windshield, except they all come with 10 year or more manufacturer warranties. There are no weekly or monthly applications needed just clean per manufacturer instructions. In my estimation they are particularly good investments especially for the individual who does the cleaning of the shower. In one case we installed a three panel shower and within three weeks the customer called to complain that the glass protectant wasn’t working. We notified the manufacturer and they went to the site to check. Sure enough the protectant was on only two of the three panels. They sent us a new panel and we went back and remove the old and replaced it with the new one. We haven’t heard from then since.
Are you insured, how long have you been in business?
Yes we carry general liability insurance and worker’s compensation to protect you and our employees. We have been in business for 33 years.
Do you have a showroom?
Yes, along with 15 shower doors on display. Our showroom also has beautiful mirror and other glass related displays. Stop in or you can make an appointment with our sales dept.
Glass Shower Maintenance Tips
Adding a glass shower or shower doors to your bathroom is a wonderful way to add style and beauty to the room, but when the glass is dirty or covered in soap scum, even the most elegant shower can be an eyesore. While there are a number of products that are great for cleaning glass, tiles, and the metal accessories found in most showers, we thought it would be nice to help our customers keep their showers clean by offering some tips and tricks that we’ve picked up on shower maintenance over the years.
Using Common Household Products
- Cleaning Your Shower With Vinegar:
Did you know that while some cleaning products can kill bacteria and remove soap scum from your shower, not all of them will get rid of mold? Cleaning with distilled white vinegar is a great way to ensure your shower is left mold free. Using a rag, just wipe down the shower glass, door, and hardware with undiluted white vinegar to eradicate mold and mildew.
- Cleaning Shower Glass With Vinegar:
White vinegar also works wonders removing scum from the glass walls and shower doors. If the glass is dry, wet it using regular water and then take a small squeegee and clear the water from the glass. After that, use a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar and cover the area you wish to clean. Now just spray it clean with regular water to remove hard water deposits and minimize their chance to stain the glass.
- Removing Tough Stains With Baking Soda:
Use baking soda with a little tap water to make a “runny paste” and apply it on a cleaning cloth or sponge. Use this concoction along with some elbow grease to remove tough hard water stains and other grime including mildew buildups on faucets and on tile.
In addition to products you can usually find lying around the home, there are also some interesting commercial products available that work well… even if they weren’t intended to clean a shower:
-Using “Other” Products
- Pre-Cleaning With Bounce Fabric Softener:
Believe it or not, Bounce Brand, and other fabric softener can also remove soft soap scum build-up and even loosen other stains and build up that would otherwise be hard to remove. Take a sheet of fabric softener to the dry glass and scrub. This will loosen tough buildup and remove the lighter stains. Then take some tap water and your trusty squeegee or even the vinegar solution explained above.