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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I begin?

Before we can begin work, the extent of the project must be established together with material needed for the type of shower enclosure desired. This of course requires input from you, the customer, as well as determining the preparation stage of the bathroom itself. If necessary, bath tiles, walls, shower floors will need to be prepared for the glass enclosure.

Making a frameless shower enclosure the centerpiece of your bathroom design requires proper planning. By reviewing your designs in the early stages of development, we can provide detail design tips, ideas, and alternate layouts that solve many common installation problems before they occur, always focusing on safety, integrity and aesthetics.

After you make a selection and place an order for your bath enclosure, according to your instructions, we schedule and arrange an appointment date to begin the process.


What is the difference between a framed shower door and frameless shower door?

A framed shower door has thinner glass relying on metal to strengthen the enclosure. A frameless shower enclosure is made up of 3/8” or 1/2” glass. This glass has greater strength and does not require a heavy metal framing around it.


What are the advantages of a frameless shower door?

A frameless shower enclosure is aesthetically superior to other shower solutions, increasing the value of your home. A frameless shower door lasts much longer than a framed shower door, and eliminates metal framing.


How soon can you install my door?

Doors can be installed as quickly as 1 week from receiving your order and measuring. In some cases, it may take longer due to custom finishes or configurations.


How much time does the shower door installation itself actually take?

Most shower doors take one to two hours to install.


I don’t want clear glass because I heard it gets dirty faster?

Clear glass does not get dirty any faster than obscure glass. A quick wipe with a rubber squeegee (which we provide with your purchase) after each use will keep your glass looking like new for years to come. For those who want to maintain the cleanest glass possible, we offer a glass protection application. Ask your salesperson to explain more about this product.


How wide should my door be?

A 26” door is our standard size for most enclosures. Larger openings may require a wider door or a combination of a door and side panel. Each situation is unique so talk to a sales person who will provide you with the best solution to accommodate your specific needs.


How do I clean my shower enclosure?

To keep your glass free of potentially damaging water spots, we recommend using a squeegee (which we provide when you purchase one of our units) after each use. Using a squeegee on a daily basis is the simplest and fastest way to avoid water spot and mineral deposit build up on your new shower enclosure. A NON-Ammonia glass cleaner is the only glass cleaner that is safe to use on any metal parts because, over time, ammonia can damage those metal parts.


I don’t want to see any metal. Can I get completely frameless?

There are many ways to minimize the amounts of metal visible depending on the specific application. We will work with you to design an enclosure that satisfies your aesthetics while keeping safety, integrity, longevity and of course elegance in mind.


How tall should my shower enclosure be?

Framed and Semi-Frameless styles are typically 70 ¼” tall, but can be taller. A typical frameless glass enclosure height can range from 72” to 78” but can be as high as 96”. All heights over 96” require special engineering considerations that may require thicker glass to support the increased weight of the glass itself. Standard heights typically cost less than custom height enclosures. Your salesperson will review and make recommendations when necessary.


Can I get replacement parts for my towel bar?

Yes. You can purchase them in our showroom at 4337 Astoria Street in Sacramento or you can phone (916) 641-6718 to order the parts and we will ship them to you. For specific parts identification and assembly instructions see our Altas Towel Bar Diagram.


Email Your Designs For Review

For a free no-obligation review, simply email your design to Atlas Shower Door and attach a PDF file of your design. You can also fax your designs to 916-641-6761 or call us at 916-641-6718.

What People Are Saying...

I was very impressed with the professionalism of both the office staff and the installers who brought out my shower door. Everyone I dealt with was very courteous and pleasant. Thank you very much. ‐ Phyllis G.