Volume 35, Number 9, September 2000

Shower Door Central

Discover the Latest in
Bathroom Trends

Years ago, people didn’t have the luxury of a shower; a lengthy soak in the bathtub was their only option. However, since showers were invented and have become common, they have steadily acquired more and more innovations. And now, in the year 2000, shower doors are available in all sorts of sizes, shapes, colors, and materials, and come with all types of frames and hinges.

 CRL Adds Pony Wall
Mount Hinges

wpe19.jpg (5786 bytes)C. R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) of Los Angeles has added pony wall mount hinges to its Geneva Series of frameless shower door hinges. These hinges can be used in place of standard wall mount hinges and simplify the installation process when working with pony or knee walls, according to CRL. Made for 3/8- to 1/2-inch glass, the hinges are available in two models, the GEN280 for use with 180 degree pony walls and the GEN245 for use with 135 degree pony walls.

Brad Murphy, who manages the technical sales department, says each model features a shortened center block, which contains only one centering spring, and a small back plate with only two mounting holes. “This allows the hinge to be mounted to the surface of the tile or marble, and to have its pivot point match up with the glass-to-glass hinge pivot point above,” Murphy explained.

Both models come in stock finishes of polished brass, polished chrome and brushed nickel. Custom finishes are available upon request.

 No Frame Increases
Open Space Look

Aquaware America Inc. of Norwalk, Conn., is the exclusive distributor for Italy’s Cesana frameless shower enclosures. According to the company, the new series is a response to designers and architects who wanted a heavy-duty luxury enclosure that would blend into their designs. The company says each Cesana frameless shower enclosure system is produced with 3/8-inch thick tempered glass and is supported by solid brass constructed hinges and handles. Components are available in a variety of plated and powder-coated finishes, including polished chrome, polished brass, satin nickel, white and biscuit.

 New Product Line
from U.S. Horizon

The newest addition to U.S. Horizon Manufacturing Inc. of Valencia, Calif., is the Euro-Header System for heavy glass shower doors. The new system will accommodate 3/8- inch to -inch thick glass and is available in 98-inch lengths. The company says this mounting bracket system does not require that holes be drilled in the header and is mounted on top of the header eliminating any notching of the insert. Standard finishes for the product include bright silver, bright gold, white and polished nickel. Custom plated finishes are also available.

BEMA Announces Design Awards Competition

The Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association (BEMA) has announced its 5th Annual Awards Competition to recognize and reward exceptional bathroom design that utilizes shower or tub enclosures. The competition consists of two categories, installations up to $1,500 and installations more than $1,500. Installations must have been completed between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2000. Entries must be received by January 5, 2001. Entry forms may be obtained by writing to BEMA Enclosure Design Awards, 2945 SW Wanamaker Dr., Suite A, Topeka, KS 66614-5321 or by e-mailing kimberly@glasswebsite.com


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