Frequently Asked Questions
1  What size of tub do I need?
Our shower screens are designed to work with tubs are five feet long or longer. With a five foot tub this leaves a gap at the open end of around 25/28.5" if the 33.5/30" model respectively is selected.
2  Can I replace sliding shower doors with a shower screen?
Yes, it is certainly possible to replace an old glass sliding tub enclosure with one of our shower screens. The holes where the old slider door assembly was attached to the wall will probably need to be patched but otherwise it should be no different than installing a shower screen to replace a curtain.
3  Do you offer a trade discount?
We do offer a 10% discount to trade professionals (e.g. contractors, interior designers). We kindly ask you to provide some evidence of your credentials, e.g. a copy of your business license, website or similar. Please feel free to email this to email@example.com and we will get you set up.
4  Do you offer custom sizes?
Currently we do not offer custom sizes, however there are very few situations where a custom size is necessary.
5  I have removed my tub and wish to use a shower screen for a walk-in shower? Would it work?
It is quite common for customers to install our shower screens for use with this type of walk-in set up, usually with the 70" high by 33.5" wide models. We recommend that you check that 33.5" will be sufficient coverage for the spray pattern in your shower (by using a shower curtain for example).
6  I have a one-piece tub surround. Will your shower screens work with this?
It is often possible to install our shower screens with one piece surrounds as long as the surrounds are strong enough to support them. We would normally recommend the semi-frameless model for this application because the weight is supported from beneath (not by the wall of the surround).
7  Where can I purchase replacement seals?
We normally have plenty of replacement seals in stock. You can order one by clicking here.
8  Your FAQs answered lots of my questions. I have another: Do you have the names of one or two pros in San Francisco who have experience installing your screens? I am not "handy" Your product appears to be just what I am looking for. I am thinking of 70 inches high and still deciding between 30 and 33 inches. I would pick semi-frameless because it seems sturdier. I like that you use the thicker glass.
Thanks for your inquiry Mary, I'm glad we covered most of what you wanted to know in the FAQs. We do have the names of installers in San Francisco; can you please send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Installers in San Francisco' as the subject and we'll respond. Regarding the choice of width, there are a few considerations, I recommend calling 800.275.3824 to discuss the pros and cons of each.
9  Do I need someone to come out and measure up?
Because there is a gap at the open end of a shower screen, it is not necessary to take accurate measurements. As long as you have sufficient space (height and width) and the walls and tub are plumb and level the the shower screen should fit.
10  How do I order a replacement seal?
To order a replacement seal, click here.
11  Hello, Do you have companies in the U.S? Thank you
Hello, thanks for your inquiry. We are based in the US (Chicago) and ship nationwide. Please feel free to contact us again if you have any other questions; 312.239.8937 or email@example.com. Thank you.
12  Can I buy the hardware from you guys? Hinges, etc.. - Shelley
Thanks for your question Shelley. We don't normally sell the hardware separately but if you'd like to contatct me (firstname.lastname@example.org / 312 239 8937) I may be able to help depending on what we have available.
13  Is your 30" semi-frameless screen exactly 30" wide or is wider - 30" of glass plus the width of the hinge and mounting bracket?
Dear Blair, thanks for your question. The 30" dimension is the overall width, including the gap (which is a little over 0.3") between the glass and the wall. Feel free to contact us again if you would like to discuss further
14  Have an old tub with rounded tops down the length, but flat tops head and foot. Can your screens work?
Hi Janet, thanks for your question. Yes, our shower screens can work for tubs with rounded tops along the length. It is important to make sure that the shower screen is positioned so that the water runs off the glass and back into the tub, i.e. just inside the higest part of the tub. I recommend that you call us on 800.275.3824 to check that your tub would be suitable.
15  I read there was a 24" w version on some models, but see nothing further about which that is?
Thanks for your inquiry Carol. Yes, we have one frameless model, 60" high by 24" wide with a round glass top corner and the ClearShield hydrophobic glass coating (both faces). It is avaialble in any of the hinge finishes shown for $449 + $70 shipping. Please feel free to contact us again (email@example.com or 800.275.3824) if you have any other questions or would like to place an order.
16  My tub is in a corner (not an alcove). Will the water escape at the opposite end of the tub (to where the shower head is)?
We do have customers who use our shower screens over tubs which are in the corner of their bathrooms, rather than in an alcove. Normally the tub is 5 feet long or longer and the water pressure and direction is not sufficient for the water to get past the other end of the tub. One or two customers have installed a second shower screen at the opposite end of the tub however, to ensure that water doesn’t escape here
17  Where can I download the installation guide?
18  I am installing a frameless shower screen. I have solid wood framing behind the tile and backer board where the screen will go. Do I need to use the anchors? Or can I just install the screws into the framing?
Thank you for your question, sorry it took a while to reply. We recommend using the anchors. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312 239 8937).
19  The shower door in our master is 3/8, I'm concerned about using thinner 5/16? It seems 3/8 is more standard for frameless - do you offer this option?
Hi Sarah, thanks for your inquiry. Curently we only offer 5/16" (8mm) glass, (we have been frameless bathtub shower screens in 5/16" glass for many years). We like this thickness for bathtub shower screens because they are not too heavy (3/8" is 25% heavier) but also not flimsy either, unlike 1/4" (6mm) glass which can 'wobble' when bumped/knocked. I hope this helps but please feel free to contact us again if you have any other questions, 800.275.3824 or email@example.com.
20  Do Ark Showers screens let any water out?
This is the question we get most, particularly from those who are unaccustomed to bathtub shower screens. Considering each of the four edges of the bathtub shower screen in turn:
At the open end: The 33.5" models are wide enough to contain the water in most showers. The 30" wide models offer less water protection so it may be necessary to angle the shower head down more if you select one of these. If you have a shower curtain or sliding tub door it is possible to test how a shower screen would work by opening the curtain/door to 30/33.5" and running the shower. We recommend checking this, particularly if you are planning to order the 30" model.
Above: For typical bathtubs (around 14" high, or more), any of our models will be tall enough to keep the water in. The height a shower screen needs to be depends on the height of the shower head and pressure of the water – the higher the pressure, the higher the water will bounce when it hits the person showering. Most ‘off the shelf' sliding tub doors are 56-58" high, compared with our shortest shower screen which is 60" high. The additional height of the 64 and 70" models does not provide any additional functional benefit but customers sometimes select them for aesthetic reasons, e.g. to match the lines of a window or shower head.
At the wall: The hinge for the semi-frameless shower screen is different to that of the frameless shower screen. With the semi-frameless design, the continuous hinge will not allow water to escape as long as the joint between the shower screen and the wall has been sealed (using 100% silicone caulk). With the frameless design, there is a gap of approximately 3/8" between the back of the glass and the wall. We provide wall seals to fill this gap but there are still joints between the seals hinge/bottom seal and the does permit a little water to escape. Additionally there are gaps between the fixed and moving parts of the hinges. Usually these joints/gaps don't cause any problems because the water does not tend to land there but nevertheless it is not perfect.
Below: The bottom seal is formed to guide water running down the glass back into the bathtub and also to prevent water from escaping under the glass. The seal works well as long as the tub surface is flat and level or sloping into the tub, (so that the water will run into the tub and not towards the wall or bathroom floor) and the gap between the bottom of the glass is correct (i.e. 3/8 to 1/2" or 10mm).