Choices to Make When Installing a Glass Shower
When installing a glass shower, you need to make various decisions about the structure so that it serves your aesthetic and practical needs. To help you make the right choices for your bathroom, consider the following points.
Hinged or Sliding Door
A vital consideration regards the door type. Which should you install: hinged or sliding? Hinged swing doors can be either framed or frameless. As these doors swing open, they create a large entryway into the shower. This broad access is ideal for those with mobility issues, who won't have to manoeuvre and squeeze through a narrow entrance. However, the swinging action does require ample floor space, so it may not be ideal for more compact bathrooms. If you're after a sleek, seamless aesthetic, though, a frameless swinging door is an excellent alternative as it only requires minimal hinges.
A sliding shower door requires more hardware than a swinging door. Sliding doors need channels along the shower base. However, some modern versions fit the movement mechanism along the shower top edge. Because sliding or bypass doors don't swing outwards, they suit small bathrooms with less floor space. Bear in mind, though, that sliding doors don't create as wide an entryway into the shower as swinging doors. Plus, you'll need to look out for mould and mildew collecting in the channels along the shower base. Extra metal hardware bits create more grime-catching notches and grooves.
Transparent or Frosted Glass
Another essential choice revolves around what glass to use for the screens. Should you fit clear or frosted glass? If you want to create an open and spacious feeling, you might be better with transparent glass that allows you to see all room corners. Your bathroom will feel larger without regions hidden from view. Transparent screens also highlight beautiful tiling. However, these showers don't create a private enclosure.
An alternative is frosted glass, which solves the privacy problem. These panels obscure the view into the shower. With frosted screens, you don't merely have a choice between all frosting or none at all. You can, for instance, install screens with frosting on the bottom half of the glass. That way, the upper part of the shower is transparent, helping to visually open up the bathroom, while the lower part of the shower is obscured and private. A frosted glass shower screen bathes the room in a soft glow, and it reduces glare.
If you need to install a glass shower screen, talk to a glass supplier in your area.