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keresley
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« on: July 27, 2012, 01:47:33 PM »

Does a Steam Shower Door need a transom or hinged top panel?  I hear some say yes, others say no.....What do you say?
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Jennifer
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 08:23:01 AM »

For a steam shower door opening that is over 84" high a hinged or stationary top panel is needed to close that area between the top of the door and the ceiling.
Whether you pick a hinged or stationary panel is your preference.
The importance is on having a steam tight seal while steam bathing.
Some like to have the top panel opening for ventilation when showering or when the shower is not in use.
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keresley
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 04:25:48 PM »

The door is going to 78" and the customer is concerned the steam shower will never dry out unless there is a transom...so at this point I'm inclined to install a door with a panel that will open and close.  Are there any drawbacks to doing this?
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Jennifer
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2012, 10:31:21 AM »

Go with what your client is most comfortable with if the transom gives him peace of mind.
The only draw back we can think of is the height.  Will they be able to reach the transom glass panel to open and close it?

It makes sense to have a transom if they are using a swing door, although a stationary panel is ok as well.

I have sliding doors so I used a stationary panel since I could keep my sliding bypass doors open when the shower was not in use to help it dry out faster.

Using a squeegee after every use will also help dry out the shower faster.
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patchpal
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2012, 10:51:21 AM »

I noticed the door opening is only 78" high. The top panel is a minimum of 6" high. That only leaves you 72" for the door opening. The door frame will take another inch top and bottom which leaves you with a 70" high door. I am guessing you will be ducking your head every time you go in or out if the shower.

Another option would be to make the door full height and install an exhaust fan right outside the shower door. Perhaps you could put a wash cloth or small wedge in between the door and the door frame to insure the moisture is all evacuated from the room.
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