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Posted by: from Toronto
1/28/2013 at 8:03:23 PM

Can a window be put in a shower?

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Date/Time1/28/2013 at 9:01:36 PM

There is nothing stopping you from doing so, however you should at least order a window that is designed for a shower. Or even better is a glass block window. They are waterproof and they also have a small operable window available for ventilation.

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Steve from Bath Revival in Oshawa
Date/Time1/28/2013 at 9:09:36 PM

I had to comment on this because that is the first time I heard that question. It is usually the opposite.

Windows in showers are notorious for being moldy and rotten and a place for water to enter behind the wall. If you are going to put one in be sure to consider it.

Make sure that the sill has a wicked angle that ensures water runs out of the sill into the tub. Cover the surround and tie into the window with a waterproofing membrane.

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Date/Time1/28/2013 at 9:10:11 PM


Yes a window could be put in a shower, but I would not recommend doing it without re tiling the shower. That is to say that I would like to seema new membrane put in and wrapped around the window opening. I would also recommend that the window be glass block, to allow light in, provide privacy, and it is more water resistant than a standard vinyl window.

Hope this helps


Cousins Renovations Inc.

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Date/Time1/28/2013 at 9:11:07 PM

Yes you can, BUT there are many things to plan for if you really want it.

Do you want it to open?

Must be ordered for a bathroom from the start. It's best to plan for it when reno the bathroom.

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Date/Time1/28/2013 at 9:11:59 PM

Yes, a window can be placed inside a shower, but there are some important measures to avoid ending up with a leaking shower wall and its best to have a professional work done.

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Erny from Budget Blinds in Winnipeg
Date/Time1/28/2013 at 9:35:47 PM

Hi there,

A common product we use in bathrooms and just recently ordered for a customer of ours in a shower was a PVC shutter. These are great because they are completely moisture resistant and easy to wipe down.



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Date/Time1/28/2013 at 9:46:44 PM

Yes, very much so. You just need to make sure you research this project to ensure you cover all procedures correctly and that this is done to code as you will be penetrating and altering an exterior structual wall. You will also require a permit.

I would get at least 3 or 4 reputable contractors to provide free estimates on this to ensure the pricing is within market range of your region. I wouldn't go for a contractor offering a price that is greatly lower than the average (example - $500, $750, $1200, $1000, 1250, $1150) - I would personally go for the $1200 as it's averagely priced but not the cheapest). If you go with the one that's way lower than any other the job will most likely yield poor or improper workmanship. Also going for the cheapest of the average prices ($1100) you are highly likely to have work with corners cut.

Good luck on your project. Again these are not estimates based on your specifif job just a guideline.



HomeWorks by Design

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Erny from Budget Blinds in Winnipeg
Date/Time1/28/2013 at 9:51:42 PM

A window treatment can be done in the shower area. Depending on how directly the water may interact with the product, the options may change. We offer a few unique products that could work, but the 1st thing I would suggest, would be a PVC or composite shutter.

Hope this helps.


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Date/Time1/28/2013 at 10:03:52 PM

Yes, a window can be put into a shower.


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Date/Time1/28/2013 at 10:24:58 PM

Hello Lawrence,

If you decide on a window I'd recommend installing moisture proof windows at shoulder height to provide privacy and minimize water hitting that area. You could go with a side-by-4ide slider etc. You might also consider using glass that has a design of some sort.

All the best,


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Date/Time1/28/2013 at 10:30:18 PM

100% yes. All I say is get stone cut for around it or use marble threshold. Do not use wood or mdf, a lot of extra upkeep.

Good luck


The reno men

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Date/Time1/28/2013 at 10:31:29 PM

I have seen lots of windows in showers.

Here is a bathroom my wife likes a lot:

Bathroom Window
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Date/Time1/28/2013 at 11:46:30 PM

Absolutely you can put a window in a shower!! You just need to ensure it is installed properly and well sealed with proper adhesion materials.

Acrylic liner is a great way to go! And affordable with a guarantee !!

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Date/Time1/29/2013 at 1:24:36 AM

Hello Lawrence,

YES, it is possible to install a window in a shower without getting any problems at all, however it has to be done correctly. The window must be fully build from PVC. Such windows are available in Home Depot. (see picture). Furthermore don't use any wood around your window !!! Tile the window sill or better, install a granite sill. The tile backer around the window MUST be watertight and properly sealed to the window frame.

You can easily achieve this by using the right materials. We highly recommend using Wedi-Board and not only around the window rather than for the whole shower.

Please inform yourself:

3D-Tile-Design - Bertram Tasch

Maple Ridge (Greater Vancouver, BC

(778) 886-9503

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Date/Time1/29/2013 at 1:27:33 AM

Tiled Window.

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Date/Time1/29/2013 at 8:23:22 AM

There are no problems putting a window into a shower provided it is well thought out. You definitely don't want an underground trade here.

You want a window with absolutely no wood. Go with a vinyl slider, double hung casement or awning with vinyl extensions and vinyl trim. A sloped sill on the bottom and weather proofed all around the opening to the window. This will keep moisture from entering from inside and outside.

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Date/Time1/29/2013 at 11:13:45 AM

Hi Lawrence,

Yes you could but you have to make sure to be done properly!



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Bruce from Interior Craftsman in Vernon
Date/Time1/29/2013 at 1:07:17 PM

Yes you can, but wouldn't recommend it, specially not an opening one.

It can be done but make sure that you use a good tile installer to get it sealed correctly. Humidity does accumulate on the glass quite quickly so a good seal and slope back into the shower is essential.

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Date/Time1/29/2013 at 3:57:36 PM

Yes, you can we do it all the time and it looks great as long as its done correctly.

Also, if you have someone do it make sure they give you a good warranty.

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