If you are remodeling your bathroom or building a new home and selecting shower doors for a standalone shower or a bathtub with a shower in it, finding the right doors can enhance the look and feel of the room. The choices and styles can be a little overwhelming at first, but take the time to consider what you want from the room and how you will use it.
Standard Glass Doors
For a bathroom that guests or family will use as a shared space, standard durable doors that are frosted and simple to open and close may be the best way to go. In a shower, these doors are simple to open and close and will keep the water inside the shower space. If the bathroom has a tub in it, shower doors can be fitted to the tub and slide side to side to save space.
Most standard designs are inexpensive, and you can find a wide variety of doors to choose from at the local home center. They are available in chrome or gold frames, may have etched designs on the glass for privacy, and most homeowners can install them.
Frameless Glass Doors
If you want to take the look of your bathroom up a notch, frameless glass shower doors can stand out in the room. The doors are made from tempered glass and often use hinges or hardware that passes through the glass panels to support the doors.
Most frameless doors are clear as well, so if you have a large bathroom with a shower that uses some unique tile that you want to show off, a large frameless glass door set is a great option. If you are looking for privacy from your shower doors, most frameless doors are not going to provide it, but if you are ordering custom glass for the doors, you could pay for them to have something etched on the glass to offer you some visual privacy.
While these doors do not have a solid frame around the glass, unless the showerhead or other water source is pointing directly on the doors, they do not typically leak. The gap around the glass is minimal, and if the installer assembles the doors correctly, there is not enough room for water to escape.
A half shower door is often just a smaller door that does not go all the way to the floor or ceiling. Half doors are not as popular now as they were a few years ago, but you can still buy half doors for your shower. The doors come in a lot of styles, and as with the full doors, framed and frameless doors are available for you to choose from.
For more information, contact a shower door service.