How to Choose the Perfect Glass Shower Door
First and foremost, when you're getting ready to choose the perfect glass shower door for your home, you need to know how much you are willing to spend.
Creating a budget before you shop for your new glass shower doors will help ensure you don't fall in love with a shower door that will break the bank. Decide right away how much you're willing to spend and keep the number in mind.
Remember, you aren't just buying the perfect shower door, you're also paying for installation fees. Labor costs will depend on a number of factors, including the difficulty of installation and your geographic location. Keeping in mind the cost of labor can also help to ensure you don't go over budget while picking the perfect glass shower door.
Finding the Right Shower Glass for You
Once you've started on your budget, look through your bathroom space. Are you just installing a new glass shower door, or do you plan to do a full glass shower enclosure installation? How will your glass shower door function? Is there room for a swinging glass shower door or would a sliding glass shower door work better for your space?
Smaller bathrooms with shower enclosures in corners can benefit greatly from a swing-hinge door, which can open to the left or right. These doors allow easy access for your corner bathroom enclosure and help to save on space.
For bathrooms with tubs, a sliding glass shower door might be the best option, especially if you're looking for a door to cover a wider opening. If your shower opening is more than 36" wide, a sliding glass door will be the best option as shower doors cap out at 36" wide.
You also want to keep in mind where the other contents of your bathroom are. If the toilet or a cabinet sits right outside the bathroom enclosure, you want to make sure the swing of your glass shower door won't end in the door, hitting any of the other fixtures in your bathroom.
Once you have an idea of measurements and configuration, you want to start thinking about your bathroom aesthetic. What style of bathroom door will go best with the pre-existing aesthetic of your bathroom? Do you want a clear glass shower door that allows for maximum light within the shower? Do you want a shower door with etching to obscure the inhabitant of the shower?
As you start to figure out the aesthetic considerations, it's time to start thinking about which glass will work best for your glass shower door. There are many options when it comes to shower glass:
- Clear Glass
- Low-Iron Glass
- Frosted Glass
- Rain Glass
Each of these options is a great possibility for your new shower upgrade, depending on the needs of your home and bathroom.
Clear glass tends to have a green tint to the glass due to the iron in the glass. This option is not recommended for white tiled bathrooms, as the green tint will reflect on the tile. However, this option gives your bathroom a timelessly elegant look that works well with all shower decors.
Low-iron glass has all the same advantages as clear glass with an added clarity. This glass is recommended for white or light tiled bathrooms and has less iron, which makes the glass clearer, so you don't have to worry about any tint of green.
Frosted glass is a partially opaque option that can be done to the entirety of the glass or made into a design of your choice. This option is perfect if you want privacy in your shower stall. This option works well in multi-person homes, especially if you're worried about someone accidentally walking into the bathroom while it is in use.
Rain glass is a factory-made design that adds texture and privacy to your shower. The design looks like small raindrops etched into the glass. This option allows more light through than frosted glass option but still manages to afford you privacy in your shower.
Once you've decided on the perfect shower glass for your shower doors, you can start working with a contractor to pick the perfect shower doors for your home or business.
Shower Doors of Austin: Your Best Choice for Shower Glass Contractors in Austin
Once you've decided to install a new shower glass door, call Shower Doors of Austin to speak to an expert who can help you design and install the perfect shower door for your home or business.
With over 50 years of experience, we are the most trusted Austin area bathroom glass contractor.