Try Glass Block - Posted by Rolfe Kurtyka
Posted by Rolfe Kurtyka on January 25, 2001 at 15:13:16:
A window in the shower is a bummer, and one way or another it will cost some money. If nothing is done, the window inevitably becomes saturated with shower water, and the whole wall begins to rot. Been there, done that.
For a rheb here in Minneapolis MN, the land where nothing is allowed, building code strictly prohibits that window, unless it is tempered glass or glass block. For me, the choices are removing the window and patching the opening, or using glass block. Tempered is not a good choice. It’s expensive, and there’d need to be a sill, and that will lead to water damage. Removing the window and patching the opening can be challenging and labor instense, especially if you need to match the siding. Typically, I find the cheapest solution is to pull out the old window and replace it with a glass block window. The glass block is sized to match the existing opening as closely as possible, and installed flush with the inside wall surface, reducing the likelyhood of dreaded shower water seepage. If the glass block does not exactly fit the existing opening, the opening must be reduced and finished in a manner which will not allow shower water the opportunity to penetrate and wreck anything. The only exterior work to do with glass block is the install of some trim pieces placed around the window, eliminating the need for siding. I purchase the windows from a glass block contractor. My carpenters give them the rough opening, and they build the window, which typically costs about $200. Additional costs are some trim materials, plus an two or three hours labor, so you’re looking at about $200 - $300.
Good luck; Rolfe