Author: Tim Janssen

Frameless Vs. Framed Shower Doors: Which Is Better?

When it comes to updating your bathroom, you will ultimately have to make a decision on the type of shower doors you’re going to choose. Your choices boil down to framed shower doors or frameless shower doors. Our customers ask us which is better. Here is a breakdown of the differences between the two to help you decide which one is right for you.

Framed Vs. Frameless Shower Doors – What’s the Difference?

The main difference between framed and frameless shower doors is the thickness of the glass. When heavy glass became available about a decade ago, they became popular. Heavy glass is significantly thicker (3/8” to 1/2” thick). Because the shower doors are thicker, “heavier”, and more rigid, they can stand alone without flexing and breaking. That meant shower doors no longer needed a frame around them to support them and keep them from wiggling when being opened or closed. This thicker glass made it possible to go with a sleeker look – more glass and less hardware. Designers and homeowners fell in love with the look and these new doors and frameless shower doors  soon became the new trend. If you are remodeling your bathroom, make sure you don’t make one of these four master bathroom remodeling mistakes.

Pros of Framed Glass Shower Doors

  • Affordability – More affordable than frameless glass doors
  • Practicality – Sturdy enough to get the job done
  • Versatility – Better adapted to different sizes and styles of shower enclosures

Pros of Frameless Glass Shower Doors

  • Variety of Styles – Can fit more configurations than framed shower doors which usually swing open
  • Convenience – Easier to clean – no tracks or frames to gather gunk or clean around
  • Aesthetics – Provides a more modern, upscale look than framed shower doors and also makes a bathroom seem larger because of the transparency of the glass without the framework
  • ROI – While more expensive, they also enhance the value of your home

It really comes down to budget and aesthetics. If you are remodeling a smaller, less visited bathroom, you may want to consider framed glass shower doors. But if it is your master bathroom, you may want to splurge on the frameless glass shower doors to make sure your home is up to date and appeals to the next generation. This is especially important when it comes to resale. If the purpose is to update, putting in framed shower doors does not help create a modern look. Frameless is the way to go if you want to update and impress. In fact, luxury showers are becoming more and more popular.

At Janssen Glass, we can help you create the perfect shower configuration and doors for your remodel or update. Just give us a call at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom.

6 Ideas for Turning Your Bathroom into a Spa

One of the hottest trends in home remodeling is turning your bathroom into a luxury spa. People across the country are updating and upgrading their master bathrooms and making them into personal retreat spaces. At Janssen Glass, we are seeing some amazing upgrades to the once basic bathroom. Here are some of the most common features we are seeing.

Luxury Showers

One of the biggest remodeling revolutions we’ve seen is removing the large soaking or jetted tub to make room for a larger, much more luxurious shower. Many people realized they only use their tubs once in a blue moon, but shower every single day, so it made sense to get rid of the tub and create a space they could appreciate on a daily basis. Luxury showers are becoming the must-have feature in remodeled bathrooms. Many of these enclosures feature multiple shower heads, sleek frameless shower doors, steam options, beautiful tile work with recessed niches for shampoo, body wash, etc., built-in seating, sound systems and more.   

Heated Floors

Most bathrooms have some sort of tile flooring. Bathrooms are also the room you are most likely to go barefoot in. Combine those two facts, and you can see the appeal of a heated tile floor. Stepping onto a warm floor, especially in winter, makes one feel pampered and spoiled. Heated floors are a must-have for today’s luxury bathrooms.

Automation

Automation has made its way into our lives in many areas and the luxury bathroom is no exception. Many automated features are being included in the modern master bathroom. Motion sensor lighting, touchless faucets, and toilet seats that lower automatically are all popular additions. Even heated toilet seats and bidets are becoming popular. 

Audio Integration

Including a stereo system in the design is the latest upgrade in the luxury bath. A built-in sound system can bring soothing relaxing music or soothing sounds to bath time. If you’re trying to create a spa-like experience, you can add blue-tooth speakers and play any kind of music, listen to podcasts, or even sounds of nature. If you’re trying to unplug, sound can be the key to creating an immersive experience and taking you away from reality.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Even mirrors are getting a technology tweak. Smart mirrors feature a digital display behind the glass and connect to your phone via Bluetooth or WiFi. A smart mirror, sometimes called a magic mirror, displays current information like the date and time, weather forecast, calendar, news, traffic, and social media updates. All of the information you need is right in front of you, so you’re ready to slay the day

Aromatherapy

We have five senses. Don’t forget about the sense of smell. Candles, incense, and bath bombs in relaxing scents like lavender, vanilla, or chamomile can all infuse the olfactory system and help calm frayed nerves and overactive minds. The addition of soothing smells can create a multi-sensual escape that eases tensions. The best thing about aromatherapy is that it isn’t an expensive upgrade, but it is essential to create an immersive escape.

Luxury bathrooms are all the rage. If you are updating or upgrading your bathroom, remember to include some of these luxury touches to create a space where you can relax and unwind. At Janssen Glass, we are experts in luxury showers. We can help you design a shower to fit your space and upgrade the doors to frameless shower doors for a sleek, modern look. Check out our design gallery for some inspiration. 

Call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom. We can help you create a custom shower that’s perfect for you. 

You Don’t Need a Lot of Space for a Luxury Shower – You Already Have It!

Luxury Frameless Shower Door
Luxury shower with frameless glass shower doors

Did you ever wish you could increase the size of your shower to create one of those glorious master showers? Did you ever wish your bathroom was bigger so you could shower every day with plenty of elbow room and light? Are you tired of your tiny shower? Well there’s good news! You don’t need a complete remodel to get a luxury shower. You have the space already…it’s called your tub! That’s right, your tub. Think about it. When was the last time you used it? Think hard. Still can’t remember? That’s because tubs are not practical or convenient. Almost everyone takes a shower today. That’s why there’s a trend in remodeling to replace the tubs with gorgeous, spacious, luxury showers.

You Really Only Need One Tub

There was a phase in homebuilding, from the mid-80s to mid-2000s, where oversized jetted tubs were the new must-have thing. It sounded great, but in reality, most people never used their fancy tubs and they became literal dust bowls. Why? Because life is busy. While it’s nice to take a long leisurely bath and soak your troubles away, very few people have the time to do that. They just jump in the shower every morning, do a quick shampoo and rinse and they’re out the door to work. Oversized soaking tubs just don’t make as much sense as they used to. If they are not being used, they simply take up valuable bathroom real estate. It’s good to have one tub in your home for washing the kids or the pets or large items, but one is all you need. Luckily, there’s usually at least one other bathroom in the average home that has a tub besides the master bathroom. 

Oversized Tubs Are a Remodeling Opportunity

But the good news is if you have one of those oversized tubs in your master bath, you’ve got an opportunity in the making. Remove that tub and it opens up a whole world of design possibilities! Some people simply put their luxury shower right where the old tub was. There’s already plumbing there. But some people redesign their entire bathroom creating a modern, spacious spa-like retreat. Whatever your imagination and your budget allow, look for the possibilities when you remove that tub.

Frameless Shower Door Trend 

This no-tub trend is good news for the team at Janssen Glass because we specialize in glass shower doors. Another change we’ve been lucky to witness is the frameless shower door trend. With the invention of heavy glass (thicker glass that is more rigid) over a decade ago, shower doors no longer require a metal frame for support. Heavy glass, or frameless, shower doors allow for a much sleeker and more upscale look. If you are updating your bathroom, make sure to upgrade to frameless shower doors to avoid making your new bathroom look dated.  

If you’re updating your bathroom, we highly recommend heavy glass shower doors. We have many beautiful frameless shower door styles to choose from. We can also custom design a shower enclosure to fit your space perfectly. 

Call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom.

 

How Much on Average Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

At Janssen Glass, because we carry and install a wide variety of glass shower doors, we have been part of a lot of bathroom remodels. Kitchen and bathroom remodels are the most popular types of remodeling projects homeowners take on. That’s because they tend to be the rooms that become dated the fastest and they are also the remodeling projects that have the best return on investment when you sell your home. As a rule of thumb, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) says you should expect to spend between 5 to 10% of your home’s value on a bathroom remodel.

Average Bathroom Remodeling Cost

According to Home Advisor’s 2021 estimates, the average bathroom remodel costs $10,788. Most homeowners spend between $6,152 and $15,426. The main factor when it comes to cost is the size of the bathroom. For that reason, we will break this down into two parts – small to medium sized bathrooms and larger (typically master) bathrooms. We will also provide some remodeling tips along the way. 

Remodeling a Small to Medium Size Bathroom – $6,500 Average

Using the same Home Advisor estimates, the national average to remodel a small bathroom is typically $6,500, but it can range anywhere from $1,500 up to $15,000 or more. Depending on how much you replace, if you do the work yourself or hire a professional, and if you choose higher-end fixtures, there can be a big difference in price. For comparison purposes, for a complete remodel, you will likely pay $70 per square foot for low-end fixtures with DIY labor, and up to $250 per square foot for high-end fixtures installed by a licensed contractor.

Tips to Save Money on Your Bathroom Remodel

If you are trying to remodel on a dime, the best way to update a bathroom without spending a lot of money is to simply update the existing vanity, countertop, shower doors, faucets, and light fixtures. Do not include any structural work that would require new electrical wiring or moving plumbing locations. This holds true for larger and smaller bathrooms. Think of it as an update or upgrade rather than a complete remodel. 

Remodeling a Large or Master Bathroom – $18,000 Average

Sticking with Homeadvisor estimates, a master bath remodel will run $10,000 to $25,000. The average homeowner can expect to pay about $18,000 for a complete master bathroom renovation. This includes a separate tub, shower, double vanity and larger space for cabinets and fixtures. On a large or master bath, you could spend $25,000 or more. Using the NKBA rule, that means that if your home is $250,000, 10% would be $25,000. That makes sense. 

Everything we said above holds true for the master bathroom – you can save money by updating rather than completely remodeling. But remember that in the master bathroom, potential buyers expect a little bit more luxury. So if you’re going to splurge, do it in the master bathroom rather than a smaller bathroom. Luxury showers are a recent trend, so consider replacing your large jetted tub with a smaller tub and use that extra space to expand your shower. Also, replace any framed shower doors with frameless doors to avoid making your bathroom look dated. 

Related Read: Top 4 Master Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes 

Bathroom Remodel Return on Investment – 66%

The good news is, no matter if you’re remodeling a small or large bathroom, on average, you’ll recoup about 66% of the remodel cost after you sell your home. Plus, remember that updated homes usually sell faster so that’s an added bonus. We hope this information helps you when making decisions on your bathroom remodel.  

If you need help with shower doors, shower configurations, or custom shower design, give Janssen Glass a call. We design custom shower enclosures every day. Call us at (913) 677-5727 or (816) 472-5330 or contact us online.

The One Thing Not to Skimp on in a Master Bathroom Remodel

We’ve all heard that kitchen and bathrooms are the rooms to remodel to sell your home fast and to get a good return on your investment when you do sell. That’s because these rooms are used every single day. They are also the rooms that tend to date a home because the fixtures, appliances, and countertops change styles dramatically every couple of decades. While in other rooms, (bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms) the furniture is the star and that will be changed automatically by the new homeowner.  So if you’re remodeling your master bathroom be aware of this new trend and don’t be stuck wishing you’d done something different.

Trend of Luxury Showers

When was the last time you took a bath? Think about it. Most people today take a shower every day. Bathtubs are great to have if you have children and pets, but adults (the people who inhabit master bedrooms and bathrooms) will use the shower over 90% of the time. Knowing this, it makes sense that in the past decade or so, there has been a trend toward luxury showers – bigger, better, more shower heads, built-in benches, beautiful tilework, and frameless shower doors. Some people are even removing the bathtub to make room for a bigger, more luxurious shower enclosure. This luxury shower trend is just a sign of the times. 

Frameless Shower Doors

With that being said, the shower is becoming the focal point of the modern master bathroom. It’s no surprise that homebuyers are expecting a little more from their master baths and the shower doors are no exception. About a decade ago, heavy glass shower doors became popular. The thicker glass made it possible to go with a sleeker, more-glass, less-hardware look. Shower doors no longer needed a framework around them to support them and keep them from wiggling when being opened or closed. Frameless shower doors soon became the new updated look that designers and homeowners alike fell in love with. 

Framed Shower Doors Will Date Your Bathroom

Because we don’t remodel our homes very often, you may not be aware of this new trend in luxury showers or be familiar with frameless glass shower doors. If you haven’t seen new houses or read any designer blogs about modern bathrooms, you may think you can get by with traditional framed shower doors. Think again. Putting framed shower doors in an updated bathroom is like putting Avocado or Harvest Gold colored appliances in your kitchen. It was great in the 70s, but it will scream “outdated” today. Do your homework and don’t make this mistake when remodeling your master bathroom. Go with frameless shower doors for an upgraded and updated look. 

If you’re looking to upgrade your tub to a luxury shower, or just update your master bathroom shower, give Janssen Glass & Door a call. We create and build custom shower enclosures and we’d be happy to create the luxury shower of your dreams.  Call us at (913) 677-5727 or fill out a form online.

Bathroom Remodel Trend – Luxury Showers

Luxury showers are fast becoming one of the most popular bathroom trends. Homeowners are really embracing the shower as either a place to get a great start to their morning or a place to relax and unwind after a busy day. Showers are becoming so popular that many people are replacing the tub in their master bathroom with large, luxury showers. It’s definitely something to consider if you have a large tub that you rarely, if ever, use. In many bathroom remodels, removing the tub adds the extra space to expand the shower enclosure. Here are a few of the hottest design features being added to these modern luxury showers. 

Frameless Glass Shower Doors

Framed shower doors are a thing of the past. Once heavy glass doors became available about a decade ago, they have become the go-to style for luxury and elegance. Heavy glass rendered shower door frames unnecessary. Because the thicker glass didn’t flex, it no longer needed the extra support of the frame. This allowed for a more sleek look with no tracks and less hardware. These frameless glass shower doors also create a more open and spacious feel.

Built-in Benches

Built-in benches or floating benches are another addition we see often in luxury showers. These benches are usually integrated into the wall and covered in the same tile or stone as the shower walls for a seamless look. They make shaving legs or just sitting in the warm water much more comfortable. They are also great for those planning to age  in place.

Multiple Shower Heads

Today’s luxury showers usually feature more than one shower head. Dual handheld showerheads, a ceiling-mount showerhead, and/or multiple body jets all elevate the shower to create a spa-like experience.  

Steam Showers

Steam is a great way to relax and unwind and now you can create your own steam shower in your bathroom. This takes some specialized equipment and very precise installation of the glass shower enclosure to keep the steam inside. The ceiling must also be covered in stone or tile like the floor and walls and must be sloped slightly to allow the water from condensed steam to roll down instead of dripping off the ceiling. 

Audio Effects and Mood Lighting

Whether you like to listen to your favorite podcast in the morning or relax to soothing music at night, adding sound to your luxury shower experience is easy. Options like the wireless speaker showerheads make it as easy as running to the nearest home improvement store. Don’t forget about chromotherapy – look for color-changing LED showerheads to create any mood you desire. 

If you’re looking to upgrade your tub to a luxury shower, give Janssen Glass & Door a call. We create and build custom shower enclosures and we’d be happy to create the luxury shower of your dreams.  Call us at (913) 677-5727 or fill out a form online.

The Best Custom Glass Company in Kansas City

We know it sounds a bit “braggadocious,” but we also go to great lengths to live up to our reputation. Janssen Glass has been serving the Kansas City area since 1984. We are a local, family-owned and operated business and our reputation means everything to us and it all starts with customer service. It’s our number one focus. In fact, we have a  99% customer satisfaction rating. That’s right…99%. We are very proud of that rating and we work hard every single day to keep it up there. Truth be told, that one percent really irks us and we are striving for 100%. But you can be sure that we will do our best to give you fast, accurate, affordable service that we hope you will tell your friends and neighbors about. We serve the entire KC Metro including Olathe, Leawood, Lenexa, Overland Park, Prairie Village and downtown Kansas City, so chances are, you’re in our service area. Please give us a call (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri

Commercial & Residential Glass Repair, Installation, and Replacement

We specialize in both commercial and residential glass repair, installation and replacement. We have a custom glass shop with experienced craftsmen and designers on staff to help your new construction project, remodel, or replacement match perfectly. And because it’s on-site, our turnaround time can’t be beat. If you need a residential or commercial glass service company, Janssen Glass is your best choice.

Commercial Glass Services

Janssen has been providing businesses with glass replacements and repairs for almost 40 years. From entrances and storefronts to large-scale curtain walls, to interior offices, we can do it all. Our designs can be found all across the metro from simple glass replacement jobs to some of the most elaborate and elegant spaces in KC. We can also create custom glass tabletops, glass shelves, mirrors and more to enhance your office or retail store space. One of the best services we offer is 24-hour commercial emergency glass replacement, board-up and glass door repairs. We know how important fast service is in an emergency and we’re there for you. 

Residential Glass Services

Homeowners love Janssen’s residential glass repair and replacement services for our incredible customer service, our huge variety of glass patterns, our fast turnaround time and custom designs. Whether you need custom glass tabletops, glass shelves, mirrors, shower doors, glass cabinet doors or a custom piece, we are your best choice. Plus, we specialize in heavy glass shower door replacement and custom shower enclosures. You can choose from a wide variety of glass styles, edges, and patterns. Check out our shower door gallery. Call us for a free estimate anytime and speak to our knowledgeable staff. They will be able to answer any questions and they care about your satisfaction.

Please give us a call (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri. See why Janssen Glass is the best in Kansas City!

24-Hour Emergency Commercial Glass Repair in Kansas City

When you have a glass emergency, whether it’s the middle of the day or the middle of the night, Janssen Glass is there for you when you need us. Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Kansas City.

Common Sizes Always in Stock
At Janssen Glass and Door, we stock standard commercial doors, frames, and hardware as well as a deep inventory of different types of glass so we can be ready for  an emergency repair. We carry more than a dozen manufacturers’ doors. Don’t let Mother Nature or car accidents, or even criminals drag your business down. When you have an emergency, you don’t have time to wait for someone to buy material for the job. You want a company that is ready to roll when you need them. Get up and running fast with Janssen Glass. 

On-Site Glass Repairs for Fast Turnaround
For sizes that aren’t standard, you want a company that can cut glass on site, and fix your problem immediately. If the display window of your storefront breaks, you don’t want to hear that your service repair company has to go back to their shop to cut the glass to size while your store remains exposed. At Janssen, we understand that and that’s why we’re prepared.

24-Hour Emergency Glass Service
If you have an emergency in the middle of the night, you shouldn’t have to wait until morning to call for assistance. A reputable glass repair company should provide 24-hour services for security reasons. We’re who you want in an emergency. 

Call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri.

Fast, Affordable Glass Repair in Kansas City

 

If you’re looking for fast and affordable glass repair in Kansas City, look no further than Janssen Glass. We have been in business since 1984 and we are the glass experts. From residential to commercial, we do it all.

Our In-House Glass Shop Means Quick Turnaround

We’ve got decades of experience, so there’s no project that’s too complicated. We have a glass shop in-house so we can cut to exact specifications quickly and accurately. We carry a wide variety of glass types, styles, colors and patterns. You tell us what you want, and we make it happen quickly. Our team of experts is very efficient and that means most residential glass projects only take a few days to complete. Whether you need custom glass tabletops, glass shelves, mirrors, glass cabinet doors or a custom piece, we are your best choice for residential glass repair and replacement. Plus, we specialize in heavy glass shower door replacement and custom shower enclosures. 

24-Hour Commercial Glass Repair

We know when there’s damage to your business, getting it boarded up and getting the glass windows and doors replaced quickly is paramount to security. We have been replacing damaged glass for businesses for over 30 years and we get it. Our team will be there quickly, whether it’s the middle of the night or middle of the day with 24-hour glass repair service seven days a week. We carry many doors and window glass in stock so we can replace it usually immediately. In most cases, we can replace the glass immediately, rather than board up the building, because we have the ability to cut glass on-site to any custom size. When your business needs glass repair, call Janssen Glass & Door.  

Call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri.

Seeing Is Believing – Enhance Your Business with Glass

As a business owner, you take pride in helping the customers you serve each and every day. Whether you are a small business store selling clothing, candy, or computer equipment, the appeal of your store for consumers can be the difference between them stopping in and potentially converting into sales, or simply passing you by. 

Glass Doors and Windows Increase Foot Traffic

If your business relies on foot traffic, having glass doors at the entrance of your building or in front of your store, will help to pull those feet inside. It’s easy. Interest in your products starts with the eyes. If no one can see what you sell, you’ve just lost potential customers. The fact that the door is glass makes it possible to tempt that passerby to come see what caught their eye. By installing a glass door, you will be able to display your most popular or newest products immediately to those who are passing by. This is especially helpful for businesses that continually change their product offerings for varying seasons or holidays. 

Glass Doors Make Your Business More Attractive

Let’s face it. When a customer comes to your business, one of the most noticeable features is the front entrance. Every customer has to physically walk through the entrance to be able to explore the goods that you offer inside (we’re talking brick and mortar businesses here, obviously). You have to make a good first impression. You want to make it as inviting as possible to your type of customers. Because they are clear, glass doors have the added benefit of providing natural light which creates a welcoming ambiance that will beckon them inside. There are many different types of glass doors, so you can customize the look to fit what your business is about. From sleek and modern to country chic, your doors can say much more than you think. 

Glass Doors and Windows Help Signal That Your Store Is Popular

Another benefit is that with glass doors, other people will be able to see that your store is becoming popular when people shop there. Stores that appear busy will attract more shoppers, because they will be victims of FOMO (fear of missing out). All they have to do is look inside to see not only what you sell, but that it’s popular too.

Here at Janssen Glass, we specialize in providing beautiful and often elegant doors and windows for our commercial clients. We are happy to work with your business to install the perfect style door or windows that really speak to your customers and increase foot traffic and sales.

Call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri.