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FAQs

Compiled is a list of some commonly asked questions as well as resources for more information about our products.

General

Do you have a showroom?

Our shop has some samples of glass and hardware.  We can also show you some pictures or direct you to online resources.  If there is anything in particular you would like to see, please request that our estimator bring it at the time of measure.  Specialty glass samples will likely need to be ordered.

What is your service area?

Do you have installers in other areas?

No. Problems of insurance, quality assurance, guarantees, warranties and so forth make it impractical. We have tried to arrange for installation a few times and it didn’t work out. Sorry.

Where are you located?

Our physical glass shop is located at 1035 Murray Street in Berkeley, California (see map). We’re open on weekdays from 8AM – 4:00PM and on Saturdays by appointment. Drop bys are always welcome.

Do you carry glass blocks?

No, we don’t.  Glass blocks aren’t as common as they once were.  We haven’t been able to find a supplier.  There are a lot of great alternatives, like stacked glass.

Do you supply awnings?

We only supply glass awnings.

Do you carry non-glare picture frame glass?

Yes, bring in your frame and we will cut it to size. Call ahead if you need it same day to ensure stock.

Do you sell scrap glass?

Yes, kind of. Sometimes we get glass in that wasn’t fabricated correctly. Often it gets returned to the manufacturer, but we have quite a few pieces hanging around. Almost everything is tempered, so it can’t be altered. The majority of what we have is 3/8″ clear tempered glass for showers or railings. We will give you a deal on it but call ahead to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to keep it out of the landfill (architectural glass isn’t recyclable.)


Shower Doors

What stops the door in the closed position?

There are springs inside the hinges and pivots that close the door to 90 degrees. If the door is open more than about 20 degrees it stays open. The door swings both ways unless a vinyl strike is applied.

Can the shower door glass be trimmed?

No, all shower glass must be tempered.  Tempered glass will shatter and cannot be cut.

How tall should my shower door be?

The top of the shower glass or header should be at least 6″ above the bottom of the shower head.

Do you repair shower doors?

We stand behind our work. If an issue arises within one year, we will fix it at no cost to you. After that we may charge a maintenance fee. If we did not install your enclosure, we will not perform repairs or maintenance. This is standard practice for most glass companies. You will have better luck finding a handyperson. We may be able to find replacement parts for you.

Do you carry replacement shower door parts?

If it is a frameless enclosure, we carry a lot of parts and should be able to order most anything.  We carry a wide selection of replacement vinyl seals and sweeps for frameless doors.  Framed enclosures are almost impossible to track down parts for.  You will need to know the manufacturer of your door.  The manufacturer is not the same as the tempering plant logo imprinted on the glass.  We won’t be able to get a replacement part without this information unless we did the installation and can look up your order.  If the framed enclosure is 10-20 years old, it is unlikely the manufacturer still carries the parts.

Is there such a thing as a frameless sliding shower door?

The short answer is no. However, there is a give and take as to how frameless you can get. If you want a double slider, where both sides can slide open, you will need both a header and a bottom sill. There is no way around that. However, you may be able to get away with no side jambs or clear side jambs. If you only need one side to slide and the other side can be a fixed panel, you have more options. You won’t need side jambs at all. You will have the option to go headerless or go without a bottom threshold. If you opt to forgo the header there will still be a bottom door guide and vice versa. Using a header in favor of foregoing the bottom sill is generally preferred for tub enclosures.  Folding shower doors are a great alternative to consider.

Do you sell shower doors to the public?

Yes, but you are solely responsible for measurements.  If it doesn’t fit, we are not responsible.  We do not provide consultations.  Please do your research on how to measure for showers.

How much is a standard shower door?

That’s a trick question. There is no such thing as a standard door, even over a 60″ tub. There are hundreds of configurations and styles. We need a lot of details to provide an accurate quote. The best way to go about it is to schedule a free measure. If your project isn’t ready yet and you just need an idea of the cost, be prepared to answer lots of questions. We never give quotes over the phone. If you are hesitant about it, don’t worry. We don’t have an aggressive approach to sales. We have never emailed advertisements. We very rarely follow up on our quotes. We believe in being responsive, not aggressive.

Do you sell framed shower doors?

Yes, we do.  This is a cost effective solution for rental properties and house flips. The lead time is a little shorter as well.  Please visit our suppliers’ websites to see available styles.

Can your shower doors be installed on Fiberglass shower units?

Yes, but it is best if you back up the fiberglass with some 2×4’s. If that is not possible and the fiberglass is not very sturdy, then you can use a header across the top and pivots, instead of hinges. This keeps the weight of the door off the walls.

Where can I get more information about your products?

Are there any contractors you work with and recommend?