Shower Glass Fixings Explained

A common question we get regarding shower glass is what fixtures do you need to install to the wall and floor.

So we have created an article that shows all the latest shower glass fixtures for you to know.

We will explain each fixture in more detail but the main ones are:

  • U-channels – fixed to wall and floors to the glass
  • Hinges – fixed to wall to the glass, has swing movement, hinges are used for a door
  • Wall hinge profile – fixed to wall to the glass, has swing movement, hinges are used for a door
  • Clamps – No swing movement, fixed panel
  • Glass to glass hinges – fixed to both pieces of glass
  • Support bar – fixed to the wall/ceiling and glass

Glass showers come in thicknesses of 8mm, 10mm and 12mm. We stock u-channels, hinges and support bars for these thicknesses. They come in a range of finishes such as black, chrome, brushed nickel and more. Here are the main finishes:

We also provide handles & knobs, towel rails, shower silicone seal and shower seals.

U-Channels

Wall and floor u-channels are connected and fixed to the wall and floor. These are perfect for a standalone shower screen. The u-channels are fixed so they don’t swing like a door. U-channels can be used for just walls if needed.

Example of shower screen with u-channel

Fixing a u-channel

The example above is for walk-in showers. The u-channel on the floor and wall is a popular way. Wall and floor u-channel is drilled into the tile. When drilling the channel into tile they tend to screw fix into the tile grout lines to avoid damage to the tiles when drilling. However you can get specialist drill bits to drill into the tile. Do not screw the u channel onto the shower tray. Doing this will pierce the membrane and could potentially lead to leaks and a whole other world of problems.

If the glass is to be fixed on top of the shower tray then a simple clear silicone bead should be added to the bottom edge for stability. Like below:

Shower screen with u-channel on wall only

If the glass is to be fixed outside the shower tray then I would expect a U Channel to be used for a stronger fix. Another way is to have the channel fixed to just the walls. You can then silicone the glass on the floor. This can be also achieved if it was a fixed shower screen over a bath.

U-channel fixed to wall

The image below shows how a u-channel is fitted. The U Channels are not pre-drilled. The walls of the aluminium are only 1-2 mm so designed to basically screw through its base where required. The silicone layer will then work as a sealant around the screw.

Any waterproof silicone would be fine with clear glass. Acid free silicone would need to be used with coated products like painted.

The u-channels can be used to create a full frame around the shower screen. You need to cut to length normally with mitre corners and stick to the edge of the glass with silicone.

U-Channel Sizes

We provide u-channels for a range of glass thicknesses. So whatever thickness size, we can supply for you. We also supply a range of u-channel finishes from black to brushed nickel.

Used for 8mm Glass Thickness
Used for 8.8mm to 10mm Glass Thickness
Used for 10.8mm to 12mm Glass Thickness

Hinges

Another main fixture are hinges. They will have swing movement to open and close the shower door.

As a general rule you should allow for a 10mm gap at the bottom of any swinging door, this allows for opening/close to a full 180 degrees accounting for any floor level discrepancies. If your decide that a seal at the bottom of the door would be required to stop water escaping then the 10mm gap is the optimum opening for a standard shower seal.

Standard hinges are push close. They lock in position at 90 degree both ways and at closed position.

We recommend offset hinges (hinge is at the front of the fixing plate). See below for an example of offset.

There are standard hinges available but the hinge is in the middle of the fixing plate. We recommend offset for hinges.

Example of hinges on a shower door
Wall to glass offset hinges that can be fitted to 8mm to 12mm Glass

WALL TO GLASS HINGES – Will leave a 5mm gap, this can be filled with a bulb seal.

GLASS TO GLASS HINGES – Will leave a 3mm gap, this is to small to fill with a seal but also requires the slight opening to be able to freely twist and open the full 180 degree movement.

The hinge wall plate is around 3mm thickness.

The distance from wall to glass is around 5mm. 

The hinges are extremely difficult to move without being fixed to the glass as they lock into a 90 degree (closed) and 180 degree (open) position.

Once they are fitted and clamped to the glass they will hinge/swing as expected. They require the weight and strength of the glass to move freely. Any questions about fitting please let us know.

All the hinges we supply come with the screws. Screw heads are 10mm wide.

Here are more technical details regarding hinges – Download Here

We can also provide a hinge bath shower screen below.

The hinge would lock in a closed and 90 degree position. Does not swing/close on its own, it’s a push to close hinge. The bottom edge seal will act as a grip on the bath surface but also stop water going through the bottom edge of the glass pushing it back into the bath.

Hinges on bath screen

Would also consider a wall hinge profile. A channel that can swing 180 degrees.

We cut the glass so the hinges are fixed. The below image shows the cutout required:

Clamps

Clamps with no movement are available too.

They require a hole in the glass to fix onto.

Used in walk-in shower screens.

We don’t actually use them ourselves, we prefer to use U-Channel. The reason you don’t see them used very often is because you then have to apply a silicone bead to stop water passing under the edge of the glass. It’s the silicone bead that then looks unsightly.

Glass to Glass Hinges

Our next fixture is glass to glass hinges. As the name suggests, these hinges fix to both panels of glass. They are used in shower enclosures that require more than one piece of glass. One side is a fixed hinge, whilst the other is a swing hinge so the door swings open. Here is an example:

Example using glass to glass hinges
Glass to glass hinges that can be fitted to 8mm to 12mm Glass

Shower stabiliser bars

Shower stabiliser bars or shower reinforcement bars are used in large pieces of shower glass. They are used for extra support. Recommended when dealing with glass widths over 1000mm.

Example of using a support bar
Example of support bar

Examples of Shower Fixtures in Action

Here are few images that show the types of shower options available. The below are most common, however, we can do a wide range of shower glass shapes and sizes. Get in touch about your shower glass and fixture requirements today.

Shower screen with u-channels
Shower door with swing hinges
Bath screen with fixed brackets or swing hinges
Bath screen with fixed hinges and then swing hinges

Fixed brackets could also be swap for u-channel.

Shower screen with u-channels, then glass to glass swing hinges. Also features support bar

To connect two pieces of glass on the corner (like below) , you simply have a clear silicon bead on the joint to make it water tight.

A question we get alot is customer wanting an u-channel under the door. This can be done, however this will inevitably fill with water and eventually overflow over time, this water collection will also become stagnant and difficult to keep clean/maintain. We provide a range of rubber seals for any type of shower screen job.

Usually the shower makeup for something like this would be a swipe seal to the bottom of the door (NO CHANNEL) a seal will block water escaping but also pushes the water back into the tray when open/closing the door.

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