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Old 06-09-2010, 10:25 AM   #1
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Removing window from shower

Is it wise to remove/eliminate a window from the shower?
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:32 AM   #2
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This is an hard to answer question - I'll say it's never wise to change something that already exists. But, that's not really helpful, is it?

Maybe think about what you really want to know and ask that.....

Do YOU want to remove it? Do YOU want to keep it?

Do you want to know HOW to do it? Do you want to know the possible repercussions of removing it?

Is there a problem with the current window that needs to be fixed?
If I could only remember to THINK about what I was doing before I did it.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:37 PM   #3
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A window in a shower is generally not a good idea. It is a weak point for water to penetrate and cause water damage, rot, and mold in the wall around and behind it.

However there are several variables to consider. A modern shower with a vinyl or glass block window high enough so the water does not hit it directly is okay.

What often happens in older homes is someone takes what was originally just a tub, and adds a shower above it, leaving an old wooden frame window in place. If this is the case and the shower hits it directly, then yes, it would be better off gone as it is unlikely to withstand water hitting it on a daily basis. At the very least it should be protected from direct spray.
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:17 PM   #4
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Windows are never real practical in a shower as far as I'm concerned because of the challenges they can represent in waterproofing them. That's not to say it can't be done successfully.

Another question you must investigate is: What will happen to the appearance of the outside of the home and how can that be dealt with?
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