Cutting Edge Design by Simpsons

If you are currently considering a modern semi-frameless shower enclosure for your new bathroom, you need look no further than the DESIGN range from Simpsons.

At its launch in 2007, the DESIGN range of semi-frameless shower enclosures included hinged doors, single and double-door curved quadrants, walk-in enclosures and bath screens. In a further development, Simpsons have now expanded the range with DESIGN VIEW featuring inward opening shower doors and enclosures suitable for confined spaces.
Why choose Design?
DESIGN epitomises the current trend for semi frameless glass shower enclosures with large expanses of clear glass and slim polished aluminium fixing profiles that combine to create the classic minimalist appearance. Outstanding quality, a wide range of sizes, generous frame adjustment and ease of installation has defined the Simpsons brand for 20 years. With fixed panels manufactured in 8mm toughened safety glass for strength and reduced weight 6mm doors, the DESIGN range is supplied in a vast range of sizes to suit most types of shower trays. Many DESIGN shower enclosures are also suitable for installation directly onto tiled wet room floors.
All Simpsons shower enclosures and bath screens are optionally available with Clearshield anti-lime scale glass protection.   The Clearshield prevents contaminates such as soap, grease and lime scale from bonding to the glass, which simplifies cleaning and helps maintain the appearance of your shower enclosure. 
DESIGN shower enclosures are covered by the Simpsons comprehensive life time guarantee.
Installing a Simpsons Design Shower Enclosure
DESIGN glass shower doors, enclosures and bath screens will require assembly by a competent installer. This is typical of semi-frameless and frameless shower enclosures and the process will normally require two people to undertake the installation.  DESIGN’s clear component labelling and instructions simplify the installation process and usefully, installation instructions for each DESIGN product can be downloaded from the Simpsons website.
The comprehensive instructions provide the setting out measurements for the enclosure; slim wall profiles are screwed to the tiled walls with and a discrete and effective bracing bar stabilises the structure.  All DESIGN shower doors feature a structural fixed panel off which the opening glass door is hung using two chrome hinges. These require adjustment after the door is attached to ensure that the top is level with the fixed glass panel and even gaps are achieved to the side and below for the seals to operate correctly.
Sealing profiles are made from transparent soft rubber which are push fitted onto the edge of the glass and can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement.  Vertical rubber round section seals include an additional thin rubber flap which seals against the inside of the glass when the door is in the closed position. This neat feature ensures that DESIGN shower enclosures are suitable for use with power or pumped systems.
The final stage to the installation is to fit the water dam to the tray or floor in front of the door and seal the enclosure to the base with silicone. The floor dam, which consists of a half round chrome strip and end caps, is a common feature in minimal glass shower enclosures and provides further leak protection at the base of the door which can be vulnerable to small leaks due to the lack of the framework associated with traditional shower doors.   One slight criticism is that this strip can be fiddly to fit and care is required when removing the excess silicone sealant without moving the water dam. However, this is a very minor issue with what is a well thought out and high quality shower enclosure.
Made to measure shower enclosure options
Despite the comprehensive range of sizes and layouts offered by Simpsons, there will inevitably be installations that require unique solutions and in response Simpsons have for many years offered a made to measure service across the majority of their shower products.  The semi-frameless nature of the DESIGN range allows variations in height and width to be achieved with the added benefit that angled cuts to the glass and frame work can facilitate installation under sloping ceilings found in loft conversions. It should be noted that the custom shower door manufacturing service does not extend to curved quadrant enclosures due to the complex and expensive nature of producing single sheets of curved glass.  Manufacturing processes for a bespoke shower door usually take 3 – 4 weeks and will cost 30 – 40% more than the equivalent standard product.
Where can I buy a Design shower enclosure?
Simpsons is a well established and recognised brand their shower enclosures, shower trays and bath screens are widely available from high street retailers. Many will also have display enclosures for inspection prior to purchase.  Simpsons’ products are also available online from the larger retailers. Design hinged shower doors are priced from £499 and bath screens start at £199.


13 November 2011
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