In this article, you can find some helpful tips to install shower inserts at home without professional help. Even though these inserts are available in different sizes and styles, they have common features so you can use general installation tips.
Tips to install shower inserts
First, you need to make sure that the wall surface is resistant to moisture. Most times when homeowners are installing these inserts in places which were not used as bathroom in the past, they have to use latex primer to coat the wall beforehand. However, if you are renovating your current bathroom there is no need to worry about this.
Next, you can measure the length, width and height of the shower area as well as the distance over the shower insert that is designated for the shower head. In case you are using the existing plumbing system, you have to ensure that you are using the appropriate insert.
Now, you are ready to select the insert. You can find inserts in materials such as acrylic, fiberglass and plastic. There is an advantage of using plastic and acrylic because they are inexpensive and easier to maintain. The benefit of using fiberglass insert is that you will get a fixture that will last much longer. If you are one those individuals who like to see splashes of color in your bathroom, you will be pleased to know that you can a wide range of colors regardless of the material that you choose.
When you are ready to install your shower inserts, you can mark the desired spot with a pencil. After that, you can drill the holes and ensure that the fixture goes well beyond the shower insert when it’s in place.
After that, you can test the fixture to see if all the elements are in the right place. In case it’s not working in the way that you want, it will be easy for you to make the necessary adjustments. Always remember to measure two times and cut one time.
Once you are finish with that process, you can apply some silicone caulk on the bottom of the left panel in order to hold it in place. To ensure that the panel is secure, you can tug it gently after applying the caulking. You can repeat the process until all the panels are in place, but don’t forget to add some silicone in between all the seams and then leave it to dry properly. After that, you can trim all the edges so that it can cure based on the recommendations on the package.
Finally, it is said that shower inserts can be kept clean if you use a mixture of lemon juice or vinegar, water and piece of cloth to wipe the surface.