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Things to Know Before Choosing a Glass Shower Door for your Bathroom

Glass shower door

Tips for buying  a glass shower door

A glass shower door can add great style and depth to your bathroom. It freshens up the space and makes the bathroom look more luxurious and spacious. If you are building a new bathroom or updating your existing one, you should ditch the shower curtains for a glass shower door. There are things that you must keep in mind when choosing the perfect glass shower door. Here are some of them.

Why choose glass shower doors?

If you are still thinking whether a glass shower is the right choice for you, consider this. Compared to shower curtains, glass shower doors are more modern and sleeker. While they are expensive, they are more hygienic than shower curtains, which tend to catch mold easily. They require less maintenance, and with proper care, they will serve you through many years.

Factors to consider when choosing the right glass shower door.


Glass shower doors come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles. So, you must have a budget in mind at the very onset. Consider the cost of the glass door as well as  the installation cost. The cost of the glass door will depend on details such as whether the door is frameless or framed, the type of glass and the type of finish. The installation cost will depend primarily on the complexity of the installation.

Space measurements

Once you have a budget in mind, the next important step is to find how much space you have. The last thing you want to do is order a door with wrong dimensions or choose a door that is not right for the space. So, measure both the width and height of the planned door space as accurately as you can. The provider you choose for your glass shower door will come and take the measurements on-site, but having the measurements would help you choose the right type of door.

Learn about different glass shower door styles

You can choose between framed, frameless and semi-framed glass shower doors. Frameless doors are very popular these days due to their modern and minimalistic look. If you want to show off your shower’s interior, a frameless shower door would do it the best. These doors are also easier to clean as less prone to mold. On the other hand, framed doors are functional and leave a smaller risk of leaks. You can match the frames with the other shower hardware to create a cohesive aesthetic. The downside is that framed doors tend to collect soap scum and other debris and may not be easy to clean. Then there are semi-framed ones as well.

You also get to choose between a sliding, fixed or swing glass shower door. A sliding door is the right choice if you don’t have enough room for the door to swing open. However, these can be a little tricky to clean. On the other hand, the swing shower doors look good and are easy to clean because there is no frame. The fixed shower screens fit easily into small spaces and look very stylish. They have a bi-fold design that folds to open and close.

You also have the option of neo-angle doors that work best for showers situated in corners. These shower doors swing open or pivot and can be frameless or framed. In fact, you can also go for a curved shower doors for as a space-saving alternative to traditional swinging doors and for their unique appeal.
Consider each design option carefully as see what suits you the best in terms of size, budget and your personal preferences.

Know your glass

When choosing a glass shower door for your bathroom, picking a glass type is also an important decision. You have a choice between laminated and tempered glass. The most popular choice for glass shower doors is tempered glass. It is the same sturdy material that car windshields are made of. However, some people also choose laminated glass for their shower doors.
You also have the choice between frosted and clear glass. If you want privacy, go for opaque, but if you want the space to appear open and larger, go for clear glass. Textured glass can add an extra element of style to your glass shower door.
There are wide variety of glass shower doors available in the market. So, before you walk in a store to buy one, consider these factors to streamline your decision-making process.

If you have questions about glass shower doors, feel free to contact us.