Many people are apprehensive about installing glass in their bathroom. Everyone has dropped a glass or bottle at some point in their lives and watched it shatter on the floor. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that a glass shower door would be prone to the same kind of breakage? Glass doors, especially the frameless variety, can be up to ½ inch thick. At this thickness, glass will very rarely break, and certainly not if you or your child accidentally slips and falls into it. If you are still concerned about the durability of your glass shower door, you can always opt for the framed variety. This encases the edges of the door in a metal frame that can add stability. However, glass is strongest along its edge and so the lack of a frame doesn’t translate to a lack of safety.
When looking at the different types of glass shower doors, keep in mind that they come in more than one style. Glass doors can be framed, frameless, clear, opaque, colored, etched, and completely custom if desired. With so many choices to choose from, picking the right door can become a difficult decision. Ask one of our sales staff and we will be glad to refer you to a local glass door contractor who can help you with your choices.
Frameless glass shower doors are a great choice if you are thinking about replacing your old shower enclosures. Not only are frameless glass shower doors one of the latest styles on the market, but they are also affordable, easy to clean and they really keep the water inside the shower. Frameless is what we usually recommend because the framed glass tend to distract your eye from the beautiful tile work.
Example of frameless glass:
Surfaces USA materials used: Microcrystal white 12×24, Carrara White slab and showerpan-Carrara/Negro Marquina tumbled 4×4
Surfaces USA materials used: Classic Supreme F/H 12” and 18” and accent 2×2” AG105 glass
Glass shower doors are also transparent. Even if you choose a heavily clouded model they will never be completely opaque. If you feel that this lack of privacy does not work well with your living situation or modesty, a glass shower door might not be the right choice for you.
Now that you know that glass shower doors are durable, heavy, and semi-transparent, you can make an informed decision about their installation in your bathroom.