Shower Leak Repairs

Do you need a permanent solution for a leaking shower or mouldyrnsilicone?

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Ifrna permanent solution for the leaking shower is the desired result, the showerrecess will need to have the tiles and substrates replaced with a waterproofingmembrane barrier installed.

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Thernreplacement of silicone is only recommended for maintenance of a properly builtrnshower, it is not a solution for a leaking shower or a shower with anrnestablished leak.

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Siliconernwill fail if the shower has not been properly built in accordance withrnAS-3740-2010 Waterproofing of Wet Domestic Areas.

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Howrnare shower screens made?

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Laminate safety glass is used on framed and semi-framelessrnshower screens. 

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The glazier cuts the glass to size to manufacture these showerrnscreens and inserts them into the aluminium framing. 

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The glass inside the shower screen frames remains sharp at thernedges; this is why an aluminium frame is needed around each glass perimeter. 

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What is that rubber  shower screen seal around the glass?

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The rubber seal provides cushioning to the edges of the glassrnwithin the frame. 

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If you see a glass section without a frame, this glass would berna different type of glass; toughened safety glass, also known as framelessrnglass.

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Toughened glass is the type of glass used in framelessrnapplications. The process involves cutting the glass to size and then placingrnit through a heating process where the glass is heated to approx 700°C followedrnby rapid cooling utilising cold air.

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The edges on this glassrnare polished therefore not sharp. This process is more costly than usingrnlaminate framed glass due to the additional work required in manufacturing.rnThese are usually custom made as there is almost no tolerance for sizing error. 

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All shower screens are required to comply with AustralianrnStandards AS/NZS 1288 and 2208. 

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To meet this standard, Grade A safety glass must be used in allrnshower screens.

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Laminated and toughened Grade A safety glass is designed tornshatter into small blunt pieces of glass, which are unlikely to cause harmrninstead of large sharp pieces. 

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