Many homes have a curtain rod and curtain for their showers. Not only can this get moldy over time and can look kinda gross, but many people also associate tile and glasswork with a more modern and elegant bathroom design. For this reason, one of the most common projects is replacing that curtain with a beautiful glass shower enclosure. That being said, there isn’t just one option when it comes to designing glass showers. You have so many options from shape, texture, door style, finishes, and more. In this article we will go over the factors and options you get to choose when designing and installing a glass shower door.
Frame vs Frameless Shower Doors
One of the first things to consider is how visible you want the frame for your shower doors. Some doors come with thick framing all the way around the door, while others have hidden hinge joints that hold the glass in place. One style option many homeowners go for with a framed door is to get metal finishes that match the fixtures inside the shower. Even if you get a framed door, you still have options on the metal color as well as the thickness of the metal. Some homeowners go for a bulkier look that provides a clear dark frame that might accent against lighter tile colors. Alternatively, a frameless door design is ideal for highlighting the tile work of your shower by providing no destractions.
Swinging Vs Sliding Shower Doors
Another thing to consider is how the door will open. The glass shower door can swing out or can slide on a track. Depending on the space of your bathroom sliding doors can work better for longer showers or a typical bathtub. However, some bathrooms with standing showers use swinging doors to save space instead. In fact, you can even have the door swing inward into the shower to further decrease the space needed for your shower enclosure.
Shower Door Texture & Transparency
One of the common things that people bring up with glass doors is “can’t people see through them”. While yes, glass doors are see-through, you can actually get less visibility by using different textured glass. For example, some people go with highly textured glass that provides low transparency. Other homes go for fully transparent and smooth glass. Depending on your preference you can look for many different options in glass texture and transparency.
Shower Door Shape & Size
Now another thing to consider is how you want your shower shaped. As mentioned earlier you can design around a classic bathtub, a standing shower, or something wholly unique. You want to make sure that your shower works for the shape of your bathroom. And many homeowners look into very custom designs and shapes. For instance, if you have a slanted ceiling, you can get a slanted shower door that flows with the shape of the room.
Shower Glass Design in Merrimack Valley
If you are interested in design options or have questions about shower glass enclosures for your home or other property in the Greater Boston, give us a call.