- How do I fit a shower tray?
Installing a shower tray can be a completed job, and the installation needs to be completely full-proof in order to avoid any water damage, As such, we always advise that you acquire professional help for an installation if you are in any way unsure. Below will outline what the installation process will look like.
A shower tray is an essential part of your shower enclosure, it allows the water to drain away safely to avoid leaks and overflowing, so it’s essential that it’s installed correctly. With decent DIY experience, it is rather self-manageable, but ensure you check the instruction manual before beginning and consult with a professional if you are unsure.
Firstly, check what type of shower tray you’re installing. If you’re installing a height-adjustable tray, start by placing the tray loosely where you will want it eventually to be installed to ensure it fits correctly. Then screw the legs into position and adjust the height to the correct level. Also check if the shower tray waste lines up correctly. Once you’re happing with the fittings, you next must establish the best possible route for the waste pipe (if it’s not already in place). Attach the waste to your tray then connect this to the trap. Next, use a spirit level to ensure the tray is completely level and double check all the angles to be entirely certain. With the tray level, move onto attaching the underside of the waste to the waste outlet pipe. Ensure it’s as secure as possible and without any gaps or loose pipework anywhere. For a tidy look, attach your shower tray side panels to the tray to create a sleek look and pay attention to the manual to do so. Lastly, take a good quality silicone sealant and carefully seal around the edges of the tray to ensure it will be kept solid and sturdy.
If you’re installing a low profile shower tray, the installation will be slightly different and a bit more complicated. Before beginning, ensure that the surface that you’ll be installing the tray on top of is capable of supporting it. It needs to be completely solid and with no level of flexibility. Mark out where the tray will go and replace any floorboards in this area with marine plywood. Next, using preferably a jigsaw for preciseness, cut an access hatch in the floorboards next to the tray in order to reach the waste. A hole will also need to be cut for the waste so take some accurate measurements so that it will perfectly fit without any issues. Now to assembling the tray itself. Using a mixture of five parts sand and one part cement, mix up some mortar and apply a relatively thin layer to the surface beneath the tray. Press the tray into the mortar very gently and then use a spirit level to ensure everything is installed correctly and level. If you’re happy with the result, allow the mortar to dry for at least 24 hours. Lastly, use the hatch you made earlier to connect the waste trap and outlet pipe together. Then apply silicone sealant around the edges to finish things off and you’re good to go (after the 24 hour wait period, of course).
- How to fit a shower enclosure?
First and foremost, installing a shower enclosure is a difficult and complicated job. Although you may wish to cut back on costs, acquiring the help of a professional will ensure it is installed completely correctly and will avoid having to cover the costs of any damages down the line. The following will summarise what an installation will look like.
To begin, start with the channels that will fix your panels to the wall and ensure the spirit measure to ensure that they’re vertical, then place the channels at the corner edges of your tray. Next drill pilot holes into the wall and insert rawl plugs and screw the channels up the wall. Now, make yourself aware of which side your door will be on, then take the side panel which will remain permanently in place and slot it into the appropriate channel. Next might be a good time to call in a helper and then fit the door panel into the other channel. With both panels now positioned on the outside edges of the shower tray, fix them together at the corner, ensuring you consult the instruction manual provided. Now use your screwdriver to screw the panels into position using the fixings supplied. Lastly, provide the finishing touches of fitting the handle to the door and then seal around the outer edges of the enclosure with a silicone sealant and a sealant gun to make sure everything is secure, but don’t seal inside the edges.
- How do I fit a shower door?
Fitting a shower door can be a complicated task, and it also includes some heavy lifting. As such, we always recommend that you seek professional help for an installation job if you are in anyway unsure.
For a bit more information on how to fit a shower door specifically read on, but ensure you consult a professional if you are unsure whether or not you will manage this rather complicated installation. Glass shower doors are easy to clean, have a shining sleek transparency which will make your space appear bigger and if properly installed, will ensure water isn’t leaked over onto your floor. Before starting, ensure you measure out the space where the door will go and take note of the measurements. Ensure that your door is of the correct size and then it’s time to get assembling.
Begin by trimming the base track with a hack saw then sanding down the end. Next, join the pivot bracket to the lower ledge. Screw into place and use silicone sealant to seal the inside edge. Now attach the base track with silicone sealant along the lower edge, ensuring you place the track with the higher edge on the outside of the shower. Join your pivot wall channel to the lower track and use your spirit level to make sure everything is straight, then mark where the channel’s wall holes fall. Next, join the upper pivot bracket to the wall jamb and then screw the wall jamb onto your bathroom wall. Now attach the door and the pivot clamps together, then fit the shower door to the pivot bracket. Lastly, fit the magnetic jamb to the opposite wall jamb and make sure the door is completely straight and level.
- How to fit a wet room screen?
Wet room screens have become a popular bathroom feature thanks to their impressive and sleek visuals, along with containing shower spray and splashing. If you’re installing a wet screen with a surface channel, firstly measure the width of the glass panel and use a hacksaw to cut the floor channel according to size. Place the wall and floor channels into position and mark where you’ll be drilling holes with a pencil. Next, place the channels aside and drill a hole at the positions you just marked, then insert a red raw plug into each hole. Repeat if necessary. Lastly, secure the surface floor channel into place with fixing screws.
If you are fitting a shower screen with a recessed channel, begin by measuring the width of the glass panel and then use a hacksaw to cut the floor channel to the correct size. Keep a gap of around 14mm whilst tiling so the recessed channel can sit within. Make sure the underside of the channel is supported correctly and then run a bead of silicone sealant inside the gap between the tiles. Then securely fit the channel into place. Then consult the instruction manual for the appropriate time to allow the silicone sealant to cure. Once cured, you can install the glass.
This can be a complicated and heavy job, and so we always advise that you acquire the help of a professional unless you are entirely sure that you can do it yourself.
- What shower enclosure should I go for if I have a smaller bathroom?
Don’t let a bathroom on the more compact side stop you from kitting out your bathroom with a shower enclosure. Quadrant Shower Enclosures are a great option for smaller bathrooms. Due to their size and shape, they can fit snuggly into the corner in order to maximise on space. We stock a range of Quadrant Shower Enclosures and in different sizes, so you’ll be sure to get one perfect for your space. Corner Entry Showers are also an ideal choice for smaller bathrooms, with their shape meaning they can fit into small nooks and corners in order to optimise on the rest of your bathroom’s space.
Sliding Shower Doors are another great option as their doors don’t open outwards, thus also saving on space. Similarly, Bi-Fold Shower Doors feature a door that closes into itself, so you don’t have to worry about a bulky shower door taking up room. If you have a bit more space, a Wet Room is sure to add a touch of luxury and bundles of style to your space.