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GLOSSARY OF TERMS FOR SHOWER DOORS

 

A

 
Anodized Aluminum: Electrochemical process that converts the aluminum metal surface into a porous aluminum oxide, creating a more durable and element-resistant finish. Popular for shower extrusions because of its durability, color stability, ease of maintenance,and cost.
Anti Jump: Track that keeps panels firmly on track for smooth and effortless sliding

B  
Base: An extruded profile, made of acrylic or hard surface installed on the floor to prevent water from leaking out from shower enclosure (syn. pan, tray, receiver)
Bowfront Base: Base with an outward-curving front

C  
Clear Glass: Transparent glass
Configuration: Refers to the shape and position of the shower
Corner Shower: A shower designed to fit in the corner of a room as a space-saving solution.
CRP: Door closing against the return panel
Curved Glass: Glass specifically formed into a circular floor plan.
Custom Enclosure: An enclosure that requires specially cut glass and framework.
CW: Door closing against the wall

D  
Deflector: A panel affixed to the bottom rail of a pivot or hinge shower door deflecting water away from the bottom of the unit.
Door Type: Refers to the way the door opens. It either slides or pivots on a hinge system
Double Threshold: A corner shower base where threshold is used as an entrance and the other has a glass wall.
Drain Location: The position of a drain in relation to the bottom of the basin designated by Left, Right or Center. Always select a drain position that is consistent with the pipes that lead to the drain.

F  
Freestanding Bath: A bath that is installed away from the wall, even in the middle of the room. These baths are supported by feet or a decorative base
Finish: The plating over solid brass or anodized aluminum (i.e., chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, etc.)
Finished Wall: Wall either covered with acrylic covering or ceramic and ready to receive shower door.
Framed: Shower enclosure system with all glass mounted in a metal frame.
Frameless: Refers to any shower enclosure that doesn’t have metal adhered to the edge of the glass. Frameless does not mean no metal. Frameless units can be virtually metal-free, except for a header atop or clips on any stationary panels, hinges, and handle.
Fixed panel: Glass panel of an enclosure that does not move.

G  
Glass shelf: 3/8”quarter round corner shelf providing support where 2 glass panels meet. Can replace the support bar on some models. Glass shelf can also simply provide a simple effective place for soaps and shampoos.
Glass-to-Glass Clip: A clip stabilizing stationary panels adjacent to one another.

H  
Handle: A part of a shower door to be grasped or held by the hand and usually made of brass with a chrome or brushed nickel finish
Hardware: Any metal shower components (i.e., hinges, headers, handles, clips, etc.)
Header Door: Metal support at the top of a shower used to support the door and any additional panels. It bears the weight of the door
Header: An extruded profile installed on top of the glasses of a shower enclosure to make the frame stronger.
Hinge Door: A shower door that has a jointed metal hinge on the side of the door.
Hinges: Solid brass or aluminum mechanisms that support the weight of a door and allow it to swing inward and/or outward

I  
In-Line Panels: Fixed panels that are aligned in the same direction as the shower door
In-line shower: A shower designed to fit into a recess with either two or three sides finished by walls. In-line showers are often used to replace 60-in bathtubs.
Intelligent Hinge: Soft closing hinge with adjustable closing speed. It can be installed glass to glass or wall mounted and available only with the Titan line.

K  
Kneewall: A short wall within a shower enclosure on which a panel sits.
KT: Kinetik series, twin roller system
KS: Kinetik series, single roller system
KR: Kinetik series, reverse roller system

M  
Magnetic seal: A magnet used to lock metal parts of door hedges together and as a security measure to ensure a watertight shower enclosure
Microtek Glass Protector: An after-market sealant applied to glass, to act as a buffer from the elements. It reduces the time and energy spent cleaning, while protecting the materials from wear and tear.

N  
Neo Angle Shower: Shower enclosure with two panels that are in a 135-degree angle.

O  
Opening: Open space between two finished walls when facing the alcove
Out of Level: Refers to the horizontal plane and applies to the curb, threshold, sill, floor, ceiling or tub deck
Out of Plumb: Refers to the vertical plane and applies to walls, step-ups or buttresses
Outside Dimension: The outer edge of an enclosure.

P  
Pivot Door: A shower door that rotates on two metal pivots on the top and bottom of the door. Pivot doors are the preferred choice for narrow openings.

R  
Return panel: A horizontal surface located ninety degrees from the curb of the shower
Reversible door: A glass door that can be installed for either a left or right configuration for faster installation
Roman Base: Rectangular base with half-curved front section

S  
Semi-frameless: Semi frameless shower enclosures typically use 1/4” tempered glass with a header atop the unit, and any stationary glass is fully framed. The door itself, however, does not have framing around it, hence the term “semi-frameless.”
Shower Length: The side-to-side measurement of a shower base when facing the front of the base
Shower Width: The front-to-back measurement of a shower base when facing the front of the base
Sliding Door: The moving panel in a bypass door
Sweep: Vinyl piece attached to the bottom of a shower door with fins that drag against the curb to prevent leaking.

T  
Threshold: The number of sides that can be used as entry to the shower base
Tempered Glass: Heat strengthened for safety, tempered glass is approximately four times as strong as standard glass. In the event of breakage tempered glass fractures into small particles which do not form sharp edges thus reducing the chance of personal injury.
Three-sided shower: In-line rectangular shower with glass front panel and a panel on each side
Tiling Flange: Extending rim or edge at one end of an acrylic base that provides support or a better finished look.
Towel bar: A horizontal bar affixed to a glass panel for holding towels
Tub door: Glass panel sitting on the tub deck with a fixed panel and a half door that slides or swings out.
Two-sided shower: In-line rectangular shower with front and side panels made of glass and one side finished by a wall

U  
U-channel: Aluminum piece used where glass meets base or tile allowing for adjustability and stability of stationary panels and providing clean glass-to-metal and glass-to-wall silicone joints.

W  
Wall Jamb: An extruded profile that is used on the vertical surfaces of shower enclosures.
Wall-mount Clip: A clip that stabilizes a stationary panel by attaching it to the wall, eliminating the need for u-channel
Wall-mount Hinges: Solid brass hinges screwed into the wall. They require 2x4 backing to have enough strength to anchor the full weight of the door
   


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