What to Know About the Design of Your Shower
Not all showers share the same design, here’s what you should know about yours
Whether you are considering installing a shower or want to update the door’s glass design there are a few things you should know.
Knowing a little bit about the different types of showers, frame designs, and various glass doors will make it easier to choose the right products for your bathroom remodeling project.
You should also plan on partnering with experienced professionals like glass company LBI like River Glass Designs.
With experienced professionals by your side, you can relax knowing your bathroom shower project will turn out looking great.
Types of Showers
Showers typically fall into four categories and this also affects the glass design for the doors.
Three types of showers are the most common, bathtub showers, walk-in showers, and stand-along showers. The fourth type is a barrier-free shower. While barrier-free showers are not as common, they will give your bathroom a modern and sleek look.
Bathtub showers are precisely what the name implies. The bathtub is part of the shower. You stand in the tub and the shower nozzle is located on the wall, typically above your head.
Walk-in showers are often located in corners, while free-standing showers can be almost anywhere in the space.
Barrier-free showers do not have doors, instead, a single glass panel is installed by the nozzle leaving the back half wide open. This type of shower is also great if you need a handicap-accessible shower.
Framed or Frameless Shower Doors
With the exception of barrier-free models, all showers come with at least one door.
However, some glass shower doors are framed while others are frameless.
Each type has a few advantages to consider.
Frameless shower doors are easier to clean than ones with frames. Foregoing the frame also creates a more open space inside the shower. Most frameless doors open both inside and out.
If you want a more modern design, frameless shower doors are a great option.
Framed shower doors do require more cleaning. The track collects water and this can result in mold and mildew.
However, you can find frames in a variety of finishes to compliment almost any bathroom décor.
Choosing the Type of Glass Shower Door
The glass company LBI will help you select the right shower door for your stall or tub.
However, it also helps if you know a little about glass thickness. This way, you can ensure you will love your newly designed shower.
The thickness of the glass depends on whether the door is framed or frameless.
If you are using a frame, then don’t worry about the thickness of the glass. The frame will hold thin and thick glass shower doors securely in place.
Frameless shower doors should be at least 3/8 of an inch thick. Thicker glass increases stability, and this is an important consideration.
After all, you don’t want to fight to close or open a frameless shower door. You also don’t want it wobbling in place.
A final consideration is do you want frosted, textured, patterned, or clear glass. What you decide typically depends on your taste and style.