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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a shower enclosure company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified shower enclosure contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated shower enclosure company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Marin County – Shower Enclosures CATEGORY

Johnny Pope is manager of Old Town Glass, a Diamond Certified company since 2006. He can be reached at (415) 897-0088 or by email.

Johnny Pope

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Johnny Pope: Top Glass

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

NOVATO — Despite being the son of a glass industry professional, Johnny Pope had no intention of following in his father’s footsteps, opting instead to work in the financial sector. Following a minor career setback, however, what was supposed to be a temporary fill-in at his father’s business resulted in a permanent change of direction. “I was working for Charles Schwab’s international division in London, when the company decided to divest its international business units, leaving me with the choice to continue working for them domestically or go in another direction,” he recounts. “While deliberating on my next move, I offered to look after my parents’ business for a couple of weeks while they went on vacation. Eleven years later, I’m still here!”

While his former career in international finance may seem about as far removed as can be from his current vocation, Johnny says his past experience nonetheless continues to come into play. “We recently started an account with an international supplier, so it feels like things have come full circle,” he says. “Thanks to my professional background, it’s been a pretty smooth transition. If I didn’t have that experience, I think I’d feel a lot more intimidated.”

A lifetime resident of the North Bay, Johnny says the Bay Area’s cutting-edge character makes it a challenging and exciting place to be a glass professional. “We’re in a unique environment where everybody wants to push the envelope in terms of design, materials and sizes. Every job is different and every client has a challenging issue they want us to solve.”

Outside of work, Johnny spends the bulk of his free time with his wife, Sierra, and their two daughters, Julia and Mia. As if a full-time career and family weren’t enough, he also volunteers his time with Marin County Search and Rescue. “As Support Director for the Search and Rescue team, I’m in charge of all of our training and equipment,” he says. “Between that, my regular job and my family, all of my time is pretty much accounted for.”

In his life and career, Johnny espouses the importance of keeping priorities in order. “At Charles Schwab, we were taught that by putting the best interests of our clients first, the business would grow organically,” he explains. “That’s something I continue to apply in my current career. I make customer satisfaction my foremost priority.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Francisco Giants.

Q: What’s your favorite style of music?
A: Country.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Fruit juice smoothies.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: Night owl.

Q: Pancakes or waffles?
A: Waffles.

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Differentiating Glass Types

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NOVATO — While it may seem straightforward from an outsider’s perspective, the glass industry is actually extremely complex and involves several different product styles and applications. Here are a few of the major classifications into which most glass installations fall:… Read more

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Tom Nolan is a veteran of the shower enclosure industry and president/CEO of California Shower Door Corporation, a Diamond Certified company since 2005. He can be reached at (415) 763-5983 or by email.

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Tom Nolan: Only in America

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO — When Tom Nolan started working at California Shower Door Corporation as a teenager, the last thing he expected was to one day be its president and CEO. “It’s one of those ‘only in America’ stories, where the kid who starts out sweeping the floors winds up owning the company,” he says. “It began as a summer job during high school, and I continued part-time through college while I earned my master’s degree in psychology. After graduating, my intention was to become a teacher, but unfortunately there weren’t any full-time teaching jobs available. Thankfully, the company owner offered me an opportunity to run the business until I found a teaching position. Twenty-five years later, I’m still here.”

When asked his favorite part about his job, Tom gives a twofold response. “First, I enjoy interacting with our team members, who are wonderful employees and even better human beings. Second, I like being a problem-solver for our clients. From the beginning of California Shower Door’s history in 1935 to now, we’ve been innovators in every aspect of what we do, pushing the possibilities for installation and design, so that’s something I take a lot of pride in.”

A native resident of San Francisco (where he lives with his wife, Monica, and their children, Patrick and Malena), Tom express his appreciation for the diverse character of the City by the Bay. “There’s no place like San Francisco, especially in terms of sheer diversity—there’s something for just about everyone. I’m very proud to call myself a native San Franciscan.”

Outside of work, Tom spends his free time on a number of active pastimes. “My two main hobbies are playing guitar and reading,” he says. “I started playing guitar when I was a teenager, and it’s something I still enjoy today. I also love going to the beach and traveling with my family.”

In his life and career, Tom espouses the virtues of the Golden Rule. “I just try to treat others the way I would like to be treated,” he affirms. “In regard to our business, this means treating both our clients and employees with respect and consideration. It’s a pretty simple philosophy, but it’s effective.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Tom says he would do more of the things he currently enjoys, especially traveling. “At this point in my life, I don’t have the chance to travel much, other than vacations to Hawaii, so I’d take the opportunity to visit Europe and other parts of the world.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Music. I went through a talk radio phase, but as I’ve gotten older and hopefully a bit wiser, I’ve grown tired of all the banter.

Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: Playing the guitar. I played in a band from age 14 until I was about 21.

Q: Who’s your all-time favorite guitar player?
A: Jimi Hendrix.

Q: If you could immediately master any musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: Clarinet, because I love traditional New Orleans jazz.

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Protecting Your Shower Doors

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SAN FRANCISCO — One of the most common complaints regarding shower doors is the difficulty involved in keeping them clean. Most people don’t realize there’s a reason this is so difficult: Glass is porous, just like our skin. When the pores… Read more

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Know What You Want
Exploring Your Options Before Selecting a Shower Enclosure Installer in Marin County

Many factors should be considered before selecting a shower enclosure company in Marin County that will meet your needs the most successfully. Write down everything that you’re searching for before you begin your research.

Consider the following questions before making your final selection of a shower enclosure company.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Marin County shower enclosure company to have? (These may include good communication skills, honesty, reliability, cleanliness, etc.)
  • What type of shower enclosure am I most interested in for my shower project and does it match the style of my home?
  • What is my budget for the shower enclosure?
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What To Ask In Person
When Speaking in Person With Marin Shower Enclosure Installers

The next step is to interview shower enclosure companies in Marin County, including the larger cities of Corte Madera, Tiburon, Sausalito, Fairfax, Ross and Belvedere.

As you interview representatives from local shower enclosure companies, you may want to ask the following questions:

  • How many shower enclosures has your company completed in Marin County?
  • Can you give me a list of references that I may contact?
  • How long should it take for your shower enclosure contractor to complete the installation of my shower enclosure?
  • Does your shower enclosure company carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance for your shower enclosure crew?
  • What types of warranties and guarantees are available on your shower enclosures? What is covered with any offered warranties?
  • How does your shower enclosure company price new shower enclosure installation?
  • Does your shower enclosure company have a current business license to sell shower enclosures?
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  • What To Ask References
    Interviewing Previous Customers of Shower Enclosure Company in Marin County

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified shower enclosure company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a shower enclosure company in Marin County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified shower enclosure company within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your shower enclosure company.

    Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the shower enclosure company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. Instead, the shower enclosure companies you contact are likely to give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    • Were you satisfied with the service from the shower enclosure company?
    • Were there any unexpected costs for your shower enclosure? If so, what?
    • Did the shower enclosure company keep you up to date on the status of your project?
    • Did you have to pay extra for their travel expenses to your home?
    • Did you feel like the shower enclosure company charged a fair price for the quality of the work?
    • Did the shower enclosure representative seem receptive to your input?
    • Did the shower enclosure company provide answers to your questions to your satisfaction?
    • If you need a new shower enclosure in the future, will you consider going back to this shower enclosure company again?
    • What type of shower enclosure did you purchase from this shower enclosure company?
    • Would you recommend this shower enclosure company to your family and friends?
    • Did the shower enclosure company finish the job on time? Did they clean up after completing the job? Did they show up on time?
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  • Review Your Options
    Making a Choice on the Best Shower Enclosure Company in Marin County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Before signing a contract with a shower enclosure company in Marin County for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

    • What is my time frame for this shower enclosure project: when do I need to have it accomplished?
    • Which shower enclosure companies in Marin County offer the better warranty for the price?
    • Which shower enclosure company has payment options that work the best with my financial situation?
    • Is my shower enclosure company of choice well-established in the community with a good reputation?
    • Does my shower enclosure company of choice have good references that I have checked?
    • Is my shower enclosure company of choice charging a reasonable price for quality shower enclosures and service?
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  • How To Work With
    Assessing a Shower Enclosure Company in Marin County Before Signing the Contract

    After you have found a Marin County shower enclosure company that you can trust, you will have peace of mind as you get ready for your shower enclosure project. Once you’ve hired a shower enclosure company in Marin County, you will have an initial meeting between you and the company’s representative to discuss your requirements and the shower enclosure company’s qualifications.

    At this point, you may expect an estimate for services and a meeting to discuss the budget and design of the shower enclosure project, as well as any restrictions and permissions that will be needed. Use the notes that you have taken so you can accurately describe any concerns that you have. Be very detailed and don’t be in a rush. It is as important for you to hear their suggestions and observations as it is for them to hear you. If you don’t understand something, ask for an explanation.

    It is important for you to completely comprehend the shower enclosure project and what it entails. The shower enclosure company will provide you with an estimate based on the specifications. They will also offer choices. Once the final contract has been drawn, the next step will be applying for permits if they are needed. Last of all, the shower enclosure project and financing process will begin.

    Be sure to get all estimates in writing before any work begins. The estimate should include an itemized list of the cost of supplies and the labor. Don’t ever sign a blank estimate.

    Committing to a Shower Enclosure Company with a Contract
    When you feel satisfied with the information you have received from your Marin County shower enclosure company, you are ready to sign the contract. Be sure that they have a phone number where you can be reached at all times.

    Once the contract is drawn up, it should be signed by both parties: you and the shower enclosure company’s representative. If any sub-contractors will be involved, they should sign the contract as well.

    • The contract should protect the interests of both you and the shower enclosure company. Expect the shower enclosure company to stay within the estimate. However, if the actual cost exceeds the original amount of the estimate, they must get your approval before moving ahead.
    • You contract should include the following:
    • A clear, concise, and complete description of the project, including start and completion dates. It should also include who will be responsible for each aspect of the project.
    • Warranties should be written and the length of time as well as limitations should be covered. Warranties should cover materials and workmanship, and names and addresses of the warrantor. This may include the contractor, manufacturer, and distributor.
    • How “change orders” will be handled. Any changes or additions to the project should be written up in the contract so that the conditions for change are pre-determined. Furthermore, the contract should list how and when payment will be made for adjustments.
    • Any oral promises made.
    • The estimate or quote of the project.
    • A payment schedule as well as the terms for the contractor, subcontractor(s) and suppliers.
    • Who will be responsible for obtaining necessary permits (this is usually the contractor).
    • Detailed materials list: product, size, color, type, model, and brand name. Any additional or alternate materials that may be used if necessary should also be listed.
    • Company’s name, physical address, mailing address and phone.

    Ways to Make the Work Easier for Your Marin County Shower Enclosure Project
    Professional shower enclosure companies are able to handle the very small to very large aspects of their work. However, there are some things that you can do to prepare for them and to make their progress in your shower enclosure work go more smoothly. Doing these things may even cut down on their labor costs and can keep your home and belongings from being damaged.

    Provide parking space and room for their work vehicles to maneuver. Shower enclosure companies may have large vehicles that require more space than average. Contact your shower enclosure company before they begin building and ask them how many parking spaces they need and how much room they need for oversized vehicles. It is also helpful to walk through the area with your shower enclosure company’s representative so any hazards or clearance issues can be pointed out before the actual work begins.

    Keep your pets and children away from the area. Your shower enclosure company will be focused on your project and should not have to watch out for your pets or children at any time. This not only prevents accidents and injury but also any expense that comes from accidents that may happen because of children and pets being in the way.

    Remove any furniture or movable items from the area. Before they begin work on your shower enclosure job, remove all of the objects that may be in the way.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Tips to Be a Good Customer for Your Shower Enclosure Company

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Marin County shower enclosure company.

    • Be clear and upfront with the shower enclosure company. Let them know what you want from your shower enclosure project, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Pay for the shower enclosure installation promptly.
    • Before you hire a shower enclosure company in Marin County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the shower enclosure company’s representative your understanding of the agreement. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your shower enclosure company if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re installing your shower enclosure. The work will move along more smoothly if your shower enclosure company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the shower enclosure company on schedule.

    Why do you want to be a good customer? Companies appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Verify the Invoice with the Marin County Shower Enclosure Company’s Work

When the shower enclosure is safely installed and the work is completed, your shower enclosure contractor is required to give you a written invoice.

This must include:

  • The name and physical address of the shower enclosure company
  • A list of all work performed, including the warranty
  • An itemized list of all merchandise purchased or included
  • The total shower enclosure cost, including the amount charged for labor, if any
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Written Warranties
It is Important to Get All Guarantees In Writing

Most good shower enclosure companies will offer some type of warranty on the shower enclosure work. Before the shower enclosure contractor leaves, confirm any warranties offered by the shower enclosure company in Marin County, including the larger cities of Corte Madera, Tiburon, Sausalito, Fairfax, Ross and Belvedere.

All details of the warranty should be provided to you in writing. The written warranty document must detail the following:

  • The Marin shower enclosure company’s name and physical address
  • What the warranty covers. This should include whether the shower enclosure company will replace or repair faulty shower enclosures or give you a refund. Any exclusions must be explicitly stated.
  • Your responsibility in the case of a shower enclosure problem and what you need to do in order to redeem the warranty.
  • How long the warranty is valid, and whether it expires on a specific day or if it is prorated.
  • If the tile warranty coverage is transferrable to the new owner in the event that you sell the home or building in which the shower enclosure has been installed.
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Top 10 Requests
Most Popular Marin County Shower Enclosure Installations

The top requests for shower enclosure companies in Marin County are listed below.

Doorless Shower Enclosures
Doorless shower enclosures are showers without doors. These are showers that you “walk in” but  the showers are partially enclosed.

Frameless Shower Enclosures
Frameless shower enclosures are usually glass enclosures that are not blocked by any frame.

Tiled Shower Enclosures
Tiled shower enclosures are tiled around. This is usually the most common and economical choice for showers.

Glass Block Shower Enclosures
Glass block shower enclosures are contemporary and clean looking shower enclosures. They provide the look of glass but increase privacy by obscuring the interior of the shower.

Steam Shower Enclosures
Steam shower enclosures are showers that are built to accumulate steam and heat.

Round Shower Enclosures
Round shower enclosures are shower enclosures that are round adding an architectural element to the shower.

Glass Shower Enclosures
Glass shower enclosures are shower enclosures that are made of glass.

Ceramic Tile Shower Enclosures
Ceramic tile shower enclosures are shower enclosures that have ceramic tile. Ceramic tile gives you many choices for decorative accents and designs.

Neo-Angle Shower Enclosures
Neo-angle shower enclosures are diamond shaped (neo angled) and have 3 glass sides and 2 walls. These are used for save space by using the corner for a shower.

Corner Shower Enclosures
Corner shower enclosures are shower enclosures put in the corner of a room. These are usually used to save space.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Shower Enclosure Companies

annealed glass
Annealed glass is very brittle and can be used for windows and other objects; however, it is not used for shower enclosures for safety measures.

buttress
Buttresses separate bathtubs and showers. Oftentimes, shower seats are installed between on buttress walls.

clear glass
Clear glass is glass that is transparent or see-through. Clear glass is sometimes used for shower doors.

annealed glass
Annealed glass is very brittle and can be used for windows and other objects; however, it is not used for shower enclosures for safety measures.

buttress
Buttresses separate bathtubs and showers. Oftentimes, shower seats are installed between on buttress walls.

clear glass
Clear glass is glass that is transparent or see-through. Clear glass is sometimes used for shower doors.
flat polish
Flat polish is glass that has a large flat glass surface that has been ground to a flat polish. This is sometimes used on glass shower door enclosures.

glass clips
Glass clips are used in shower enclosures to secure the panels to the base of the shower. Shower glass clips come in a variety of colors, metals, sizes and shapes.

Also known as: shower glass clips

hinge plate
Hinge plates area plate made of metal that are attached to the hinges of shower doors.

Also known as: hinge plates, hinge door

inline panel
Inline panel is glass that is tempered and runs straight  or in a line with the shower door.

Also known as: inline shower panels

laminated glass
Laminated glass is made by putting layers of glass together to make the glass stronger. Laminated glass is a popular choice for shower doors because of its strength and safety properties.

mildew resistant silicone
Mildew resistant silicone is added to keep mold from growing in shower enclosures.

mitered corners
Mitered corners are corners that have been mitered to a 45 degree cut on a return panel. These are popular design featuers in some shower enclosures.

Also known as: mitered corner

neo angle shower
Neo angle shower has two or more hower glass panels with a door. Two of the panels must have a 135 degree angle. Most of the time there are three shower glass panels included in a neo-angle shower.

obscure glass
Obscure glass is glass that is semi-transparent and lets some light through.

patterned glass
Patterned glass is glass that has shapes molded in it for decorative purposes.

pivot door
Pivot doors are shower doors that rotate or pivot rather than swing.

pony wall
Pony wall is a shorter wall that most of the time is around 36 inches high and can also be used to separate tubs from showers.

reflective glass
Reflective glass is glass that reflects back some of the light that hits it.

return panel
Return panel is on the backside of a shower and can be used to separate the tub from the shower. It is tempered.

right angle shower
Right angle shower is an enclosure that has a door with an inline and return panel.

Also known as: right angle showers

shower dam
Shower dam holds the water in the shower stall and keeps it from running out.
shower header Shower headers are installed on top of shower panels and are usually made of metal.

Also known as: shower headers

silk-screened glass
Silk-screened glass is glass that has been silk-screened with decorative images to make it appear that it has been etched or textured.

sliding panels
Sliding panels are panels that move in a bypass door.

Also known as: sliding shower panels

steam bath
Steam baths are shower enclosures that have specialized plumbing systems that create steam.

tempered bug
Tempered bugs are stamps on glass that show it has been tempered. The stamp is etched or may be sand blasted on. Tempered glass is an important feature in shower enclosures.

tempered glass
Tempered glass is about 5 times stronger than annealed glass. It is used for safety in shower doors.

textured glass
Textured glass is glass that is texturized on the surface to create a translucent look.

tinted glass
Tinted glass is glass that has a tint of color in it.

u channel
U channel is a channel that is used in the installation of shower enclosures and is in the shape of a U.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Questions Commonly Asked of Shower Enclosure Installers

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified shower enclosure company?

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified shower enclosure company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a shower enclosure company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only shower enclosure companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified shower enclosure company.

Q: Are frameless enclosures better than framed?
A: Many do find frameless enclosures more attractive than framed. Also, a frameless enclosure can raise the value of your home. For beautifully tiled shower walls, you may want to choose a frameless enclosure as it will show off the beautiful tile or marble.
Q: What can I do about hard water stains on my shower glass?
A: Ask your shower enclosure company what they recommend for cleaning your glass shower enclosure. Shower enclosure companies carry shower cleaner and protectors that will repel water and help keep the glass shower enclosure clean and stain free.

Q: How do they make shower enclosures look like painted glass?
A: The painted glass you are seeing is actually silkscreened and melted onto the shower enclosure. It is made of crushed glass and a dye. Because it is melted onto the glass it doesn’t chip off.

Q: Does clear glass need to be cleaned more often than obscure glass?
A: Clear glass may show dirt faster but it doesn’t get dirty faster than other glass. By consistently wiping down your shower every time you use it, you will keep it looking new for years. Ask your shower enclosure company what they recommend for cleaning as there are some special glass cleaners which will help your shower enclosure stay beautiful.

Q: Should I use tempered glass for my shower enclosure?
A: The only way to have a safe glass shower is to use tempered glass. Tempered glass is much stronger than regular glass. It is heated and then cooled so that if it breaks it breaks into very small pieces. This reduces the chance of hurting anyone or causing extreme damage.

Q: Is it normal for the glass in glass shower enclosures to have imperfections?
A: Yes, imperfections can happen in the tempering process. As the glass is heated and cooled, it may get dust or other material on it which may leave a print.

Q: Can frameless shower enclosures leak?
A: If your frameless shower enclosure is installed by a professional shower enclosure company, it should not leak. Good frameless shower enclosures are reliable and operate without leaks even if they are put under rigorous use.

Q: Are there advantages to getting a frameless shower enclosure versus a framed?
A: There are several advantages to a frameless shower enclosure. A frameless door can open either in or out – a framed door will only open outward. Because you are eliminating metal, the shower will feel more open and you will also avoid rust developing on metal. A frameless door actually will last longer also.

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