Current trends in bathroom remodeling have homeowners removing 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 door and enclosure.
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 your 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 accent a room.
Choosing door type
Sliding glass These are two 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 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 to 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 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.
Article “Several options for shower door” written by Dan Argo, APlus Glass, published in the Houston Chronicle on November 6, 2017.