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Old 05-21-2019, 07:26 PM   #1
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To caulk or not to caulk...that is the question!

So I notice in my SS shower that where the shower panels meet the shower pan at the bottom at the seam there is no caulk. Now, I'm sure in a home there would be a caulked seam there. Is there anything different in a SS? I'm tempted to go ahead and run a bead of silicone over the seam but I thought I'd ask the pros on this board first.

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Old 05-21-2019, 10:32 PM   #2
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That is ok. The pan sides are up under the side walls. The water will come out the door opening before leaking at the top of the pan. That's how it is in mine. No caulk needed.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:45 AM   #3
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Yep ours in our Forester is the same - loose between wall and pan. No issues in last two years weve had it.

Should be fine - designed that way but compared to the house, you are correct, it does look strange and concerned me as well initially.
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What about at the top of the shower wall? Should there be a gap or should it be tight to the wall? Thanks
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:12 AM   #5
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Ours is tight at the top.
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Ok thanks. Guess i have to make a warranty call. Ugh.
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:27 AM   #7
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Mine had a bead of caulk at the top
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I questioned this during my PDI...
I was told to NOT caulk at the bottom. It is intentionally left open so that any condensation/moisture that may build up behind the shower wall can get out. Makes some sense to me and haven't had any issues with it left as is.
AND, it does make sense that if water were to get behind somehow that it needs a way out or could quickly become a much bigger problem.
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What about at the top of the shower wall? Should there be a gap or should it be tight to the wall? Thanks
Shower walls on mine are slightly wavy so they are not tight. Other than cosmetic it serves no purpose to be tight and/or caulked.
If you caulk, do not use silicon, won't stick long
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