What You Should Know About Glass Shower Doors

A big shower with beautiful glass doors is so much more gorgeous than one with a shower liner. If you're considering having glass shower doors installed, check out these four must-know facts. They'll help you determine if glass doors really are as wonderful as they look.

They Come With or Without Frames

Glass shower doors can come with frames or they can be frame-free. The frame-free shower doors provide a more contemporary appearance, and many people who have large, lavish showers choose frameless doors to compliment the appearance. Framed doors come in silver/chrome, dark bronze or brushed nickel. Although they also capture the beauty of glass doors, many people feel the frame distracts from the appeal of the shower.

On the other hand, framed glass shower doors offer more functionality than frameless ones. They have a strip of rubber along the frame. This creates a better seal when the door is shut, so less water spills out. Frameless shower doors have a small gap around the door, which allows water to seep out while you are showering.

Some Pivot and Other Slide

You can also choose between sliding shower doors and pivoting shower doors. Again, the differences between the two are aesthetics and functionality. Which type of door you choose is largely connected to whether you want a framed or frameless shower door.

Sliding glass doors are better with frames, while pivoting glass doors are a good option for frameless doors. Of course, this means that pivoting doors do a better job of adding to the visual appearance of the shower. However, pivoting doors take up more space because they need to swing open. If you have a small bathroom, having a pivoting door may look amazing, but a sliding glass door offers better functionality.

You Have to Keep Them Clean

You're choosing glass doors because they look amazing. However, they won't look so great once they get dirty. You want to keep the door clean to prevent the ugly build-up of scum. When you have a shower with a liner, you don't have to be so strict. If the liner gets dirty, and you don't feel like cleaning it, simply toss it and replace it with a new one. You can't do that with a glass door, so you have to use elbow grease to get rid of the soap scum, mold, mildew and water spots.  

Sliding glass doors require a little more work to keep clean than pivoting doors. Sliding doors run on tracks, and these tracks aren't immune to getting dirty. Water that gets in the track can lead to many problems, including mold and rust, so you need to take extra care to keep the track and rollers neat and clean.

You Don't Have to Choose Clear Glass

Whenever you see a stylish bathroom, it seems like the shower has a clear glass door, so you can see right inside. That's because clear glass doors are extremely modern. Plus, they make the bathroom look bigger. However, the idea of showering where anyone who enters could see you may not be very appealing.

Luckily, clear glass isn't the only option when it comes to glass shower doors. Other common options include tinted, patterned, obscured and frosted, which offer a more unique look and extra privacy. If privacy is your top goal, stick with obscured or frosted glass.

Glass shower doors are amazing, and there are many different options to suit nearly every bathroom. If you think a glass shower door would look great in your bathroom, contact a supplier in your area and get a quote. Start transforming your bathroom today.