When does a Frameless Shower Enclosure Header make Sense?
There is much to consider when designing a heavy glass frameless shower enclosure, and paramount for most contractors and designers is the aesthetic look of the shower enclosure. Often, they are primarily focused on trying to match the finish of existing bathroom fixtures or a certain bathroom design style. In this pursuit, functionality and structural integrity are important to keep in mind.
In most cases, with the exception of bypass sliders or barn door-style gliders, shower doors, and panels are secured to a wall or the ceiling with channel and/or clamps which provide adequate support and stability and do not require additional support for the glass. Even when a door is designed to be affixed to another glass panel, many times as long as the door and panel sizes are kept in check and adequate fasteners are used, then no header or support bar would be required for proper functionality or stability.
However, when the design calls for doors to be mounted to multiple angled panels or to a wall with a pocket door, adding a header may be the best option for proper functionality and safety. Designed to offer a sleek minimalist look, our MY Shower Door header allows for a much broader application style and variety of layouts, providing more options for door positioning and panel sizing with practicality being the main guiding principle.
When our header is used in conjunction with our matching low-visibility channel, the header enables the span of larger openings, accommodates different glass path angles, and provides greater stability to an enclosure, all while retaining a minimalist look without the need for multiple fasteners. This type of versatility is unmatched by standard industry hardware and fasteners.
In short, a header makes sense when applications and designs require doors to be located between multiple larger panels that will bear the weight of the door when it operates when angles will not accommodate specific hardware, or when structural concerns are at play.
Headers provide versatility and nearly limitless glass path options when designing a shower enclosure that will ensure a minimalist look that most contractors and designers are aiming for.