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It's Easy to Add a New Shower in Your Bath

One person can install a new shower and shower door in less than a day

If you think you're stuck with your bathroom's old, dingy shower or none at all, think again. There are now modestly priced showering systems and shower doors that are easy for homeowners to install themselves in less than a day.

"Many homeowners are surprised that something that seems as complicated as a shower is actually simple and affordable to install," says Bill Pavilonis, product manager-Sterling brand bathing products for Kohler Co., a kitchen and bath products company.

For the homeowner who is interested in building a shower within an existing bathroom space, or swapping a new unit for an old one, the Sterling Ensemble shower systems are designed to make installation quick and easy for the do-it-yourselfer. The four modular pieces can be transported by just one person through doorways and around corners, and the tongue-and-groove interlocking joints create a seamless appearance without the need for caulk.

Installers don't have to drill holes or screw bolts into brackets, eliminating the work of mounting components to the side or back walls. "It takes one person less time to install these showers than it would take multiple people to install common one-piece modules," says Pavilonis.

The shower systems are made from an easy-to-clean, durable Vikrell material and consist of two side walls, a backwall and a lightly pebbled bottom surface designed to help prevent slipping. There are strong structural ribs molded into each shower base to supply additional support and rigidity. Each unit includes a molded-in shaving area ledge and six corner shelves that offer storage for toiletries.

You can also transform an old shower by simply installing a new glass-panel door. Although many homeowners consider this to be a cumbersome and frustrating task involving cutting, drilling and careful measuring that allows little room for error, it doesn't have to be complicated. Sterling has developed a stylish bypass shower door, the Finesse Quick Install, that can be installed with just an Allen wrench in less than 15 minutes. "Installing this shower door is as easy as

hanging up a shower curtain, but with a lot more style and durability," says Matt Klein, product manager-Sterling brand showering products for Kohler, who adds that most homeowners these days have less time to devote to household projects, and require products that are quick to install.

"Most other conventional shower doors could require to four hours to install," adds Klein. The doors, appropriate for a bath or shower, have adjustable frames that can accommodate a wide range of openings without requiring any cutting or drilling. A compression fit mechanism provides a solid surface, leak-proof seal. Constructed of tempered glass, the doors are durable and easy to clean.

Courtesy of ARA Content






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