Archive for March, 2015

RE: Very Helpful!

Amazing blog, Chis!

I’m replacing a very small shower insert in my basement (32×32) to a larger custom tiled shower. The new shower will have glass on 2 sides.  It will probably end up being 44×36.

I’m leaning towards a framed shower because I don’t want leaking. I’m very concerned about mold because of the high humidity in the basement during the summer months.

Is silicon used with the channeled method in mounting the glass? Silicone seems to be a mold catcher. Also, seems like the little weep holes might collect mold as well.

I’m probably going to go with the “rain” glass and the Clearshield. I like the look of clear glass, but know that the kids and the husband will never squeegee the shower. We have hard water.

I’m trying to find an option that will be the least amount of maintenance while still getting a much larger shower.

Thank you so much in advance.

Lynn Steele

Hi Lynn,

I’m, glad that you like my blog! Thanks for taking time to write in.

If you want to prevent water from getting out of your shower you are smart to choose a framed shower enclosure. There is really no way to avoid using some sort of caulk to seal the enclosure, especially if you want to prevent leaking. The fact is, silicone is the best type of sealant for this purpose. The good news is that silicone is also available in a mildew resistant formula. This will help with limiting the mold growth. As far as weep holes go, there is no way to really avoid them, and they shouldn’t promote mold growth, necessarily.  Anyway, you should be able to find mildew resistant silicone at your local home improvement store.

“Rain” glass is also a good choice. It is probably the most popular type of obscured glass on the market today, and does a good job at hiding water spots. The additional protective coating should help you achieve your goal of making the shower easier to maintain as well.  It sounds like you have thought this through… I think you are on the right track! Let me know how things work out.


Chris Phillips

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Curb-less Showers and Enclosures


Great blog.  I am a homeowner with zero knowledge of showers.  We are custom building our house and my architect wants to put in a curbless shower in our master bath. Glass, frameless with a hinged door (to swing in and out). The shower is not huge. My friend tells me curbless showers can cause a lot of problems.  Something about the linear drains being impossible to even clear the hair out of and flooding.  I’m concerned that a curbless shower won’t allow us to use a bathmat in front of the door because there won’t be enough height. Yes, I am one of those people who gets bothered by the puddle of water that drips off the shower door when you open it.

Would you put a curbless shower into your new master bath or do you think the potential problems are not worth it?  My architect tells me that “no one” who builds a new house would put in a shower with a curb.

Thanks for your advice!


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Hi Elisa,

Thanks for your question. There is no doubt that curb-less shower enclosures are the latest thing in the business. I work on these types of showers frequently, and they do have their issues… Like the ones you point out in your email. Architects, designers, and other professionals (people who don’t actually do the work) will often recommend things based on “what’s hot” rather than what is practical. I think your architect is overstating it when he says that no one uses curbs anymore. That’s just not true.

There are some great benefits to having a shower with no curb. We are all getting older, and curb-less showers are obviously easier to get in and out of for those with limited mobility. If that is the idea behind making your shower curb-less, it is a good one! You may also want to consider making the door opening as wide as possible for the same reason. As with most things, there are pros and cons to having a curb-less shower. My advice is that you do it the way YOU want it, and don’t allow yourself to be pressured into doing it some other way.

Best wishes!

Chris Phillips – Owner

Showcase Shower Door – CCL #957120
1970 17th Avenue #C – Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: (831) 464-3899 – FAX: (831) 477-0760