Several Options for Shower Door

Current trends in bathroom remodeling have homeowners taking out tubs in favor of installing walk-in showers. If you are planning a bathroom remodel and decide to do this, you will need to choose the shower enclosure and door.  When looking at choices, take into consideration how it will function within the size of your space and layout. Look at the available space inside your shower to determine which enclosure and doors will work best.

There are three types of shower enclosures to choose from when planning you remodel.

Frameless- these glass doors are usually customized which adds flexibility to your design. They have hinges or a header depending on the size of the shower. These doors add a clean modern feel to your space.

Semi-frameless – this type of shower enclosure has metal around the entire structure but not around the door. The glass still is the focus and you still have a sleek contemporary look.

Framed – This enclosure and door is fully surrounded by metal framing and the glass is well secured. This choice is the most budget friendly.  There are multiple colors and frame finishes available that will positively accent a room.

Choosing a door type:

Sliding Glass – these are 2 panels that hang from a header and slide along a bottom track. These take up the least amount of space and are ideal for small showers.

Hinged/Pivot Glass doors – Hinges allow the door to swing out to open. This type of door is better for larger shower spaces. The hinges come in many finishes to match your other bathroom fixtures.

There are several options when you are choosing the glass for your shower.  Keep in mind clear glass doors are suitable for dark spaces as more light can get into the shower. It also allows your decorative tile be showcased.  If you are looking for more privacy there are options such as frosted, opaque, patterned, and textured glass which can turn your new shower into a work of art. 

No matter which type of frame, door and glass you choose, you can easily have a highly functional yet modern, aesthetic shower.  If you are planning to renovate your existing bathroom shower or starting from scratch, coordinate with your remodeler or professional shower door company.

Published in the November 6th 2017 edition of the Houston Chronicle. 

This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. To reach the author directly, email aplusglass@sbcglobal.net. For more information on this article, contact Lorraine Hart at lorraine@idealconsulting.net. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, visit www.ghba.org.