If your bathroom is a bit outdated, this one change could bring it into the 21st century – heavy glass shower doors. Shower doors have gone through a style revolution in the last couple of decades. With the creation of heavy glass, old style framed shower doors are a thing of the past!
What Is Heavy Glass?
First, let’s clarify what heavy glass is and then show you what a difference it makes in modernizing the typical bathroom. Showers doors of yesterday were thin and flexible, so they needed a metal frame to give them support when opening and closing so they wouldn’t break. Today’s heavy glass shower doors are 3/8” to ½” thick which allows them to stand alone without the support of a frame. You’ll love the feel of heavy glass shower doors too. No more wiggling when they open and close. They feel solid, sturdy, and upscale.
Framed Shower Doors Look Dated
Almost all of the shower doors we replace are framed doors. That’s all that was available until about a decade ago when heavy glass was created. If you are updating your bathroom, don’t take it back in time with old-school framed shower doors. Sure, they’re cheaper, and they look like it. Heavy glass shower doors don’t need frames so you can get that modern, sleek, look without all the hardware.
Heavy Glass Means Less Hardware
These advances in glass technology have not only given us thicker glass, but also much more design freedom. Heavy glass needs much less hardware so we can attach heavy glass shower doors with simple clips, handles, and channels greatly reducing the visual intrusion of the metal framework. If you have beautiful tile work in your shower, don’t hide it behind obtrusive doors with frames. Show it off.
Frameless Shower Doors Make Bathrooms Feel Bigger
Because frameless doors are so commanding, going frameless will make the biggest impact on updating your bathroom, especially in a smaller bathroom. And, as an added bonus, frameless shower doors will make your bathroom feel exponentially bigger. This will allow guests to focus on more beautiful, important aspects of your bathroom instead of your outdated shower door.
But My Bathroom Has a Tub
Another trend we’ve witnessed in bathroom design is ditching the tub for a larger shower. Many homeowners find that they don’t use their tub for soaking and would rather have a shower enclosure only. If you have a guest room with a bathtub, but you have three other bathrooms with bathtubs as well, do you really need that one to be a tub? Probably not. Deciding to replace the tub with a shower usually gives us room to expand a small shower and can really enhance a bathroom. Our designers can help you visualize a larger shower. Sometimes, the shower becomes the focal point of the entire room!
TIP: Just don’t replace your only tub. They do come in handy for soaking/cleaning large items.