If you are getting ready to replace you're shower door, you may feel overwhelmed by all the options available to you. Instead of making a quick decision you could later regret, consider these 3 factors about your next shower door.
It's a good idea to start by looking at the different operating methods for shower doors. The two kinds you'll see include swinging and sliding doors. For smaller bathrooms, or bathrooms with sinks or toilets close to the shower, a sliding door may be the only option to you. The same applies to shower stalls, which are only wide enough to accommodate a swinging door.
If you have the flexibility to pick between either option, consider the ease of maintaining and cleaning a shower door. It has less moving parts that can accumulate mildew, making it easier to clean. Outward swinging shower doors tend to drip water on the floor after showering, which is undesirable to some homeowners.
Fameless or Framed
Deciding between a frameless or framed shower door is usually a personal preference. A framed shower door will have a metal frame around its perimeter, and can also have a reinforcement bar down the center of the door. An advantage to this kind of door is that the top bar is a stable shelf that can be convenient for storing shampoo, conditioner, and other shower essentials. The color of the frame can also accentuate other aspects of your bathroom, which include matching silver, stainless steel, or brass fixtures.
A frameless door will be more expensive, but it has a very sophisticated and modern look to it which makes the design appealing.
The kind of glass that goes into the door is not something that should be overlooked. If you are used to having a shower curtain, you probably have never put much thought into how much privacy you want in your shower, since it was never really an option.
Clear glass is a modern and sleek option. It has a very clean look, but offers no privacy. This may be ideal for a master bathroom that is often used by a couple, rather than a family bathroom that could have multiple people using the bathroom to get ready in the morning
Adding texture to the glass will increase the privacy, but the glass will be harder to clean. The glass can be pebbled, frosted, or hammered for total privacy.
If you need help narrowing down your choices, work with a shower door company in your area.
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