How to Choose a Free-Standing Shower Enclosure

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How to Choose a Free-Standing Shower Enclosure
A free-standing shower enclosure can make a small bathroom feel roomy. (Buena Vista Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A free-standing shower enclosure can add style to your bathroom. It can take up a fraction of the space of a traditional bathtub, and you can choose from many styles, colours and shapes, including rectangular, square, rounded or angled. You're sure to find an enclosure that matches your needs, as well as the design and decor of your bathroom. Before you choose a free-standing shower enclosure for your home, there are several things you need to consider.

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    Measure the space where you will install the free-standing shower enclosure carefully. This will help you choose the right height, depth, width and shape.

  2. 2

    Find out if the company that sells the shower enclosure you're considering has done anti-corrosion salt tests. This will ensure that the finish doesn't peel off, chip or fade. The company should also have placed magnetic strips or some other water-leakage protection on the shower enclosure.

  3. 3

    Look for free-standing shower enclosures that come with all the parts needed to install it, including a faucet, drain, riser, enclosure ring, supply lines, support and, of course, a shower head. If these parts come with the enclosure, there's a much better chance that they will all fit and work well together.

  4. 4

    Pay attention to the glass in the free-standing shower enclosure. The glass is a major part of the look and feel of the enclosure. It should be at least five to six millimetres thick for safety reasons. A protective framing also provides stability and safety.

  5. 5

    Check out many different tile samples before choosing. You will need to tile the area inside the shower enclosure to protect it from moisture. Choose tiles that match the enclosure you select, as well as your bathroom's existing decor.

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