You’ve decided it’s time to install a new glass shower door in your home, but you didn’t realize there were so many choices. It can be a little overwhelming, so the team at Janssen Glass put together this guide for updating your shower door. Take a peek and you’ll know which questions to ask when it comes time to purchase.
Invest in Different Types of Door Openings
Believe it or not, sliding doors are not the only kind of shower doors you can choose from. Today’s styles include sliding, door and panel enclosures, and swinging doors. Consider the floor plan of your bathroom. Is there room for a swinging shower door? Every bathroom is different but it is also important to consider your lifestyle.
Traditional Framed Doors or Heavy Glass Doors?
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. Heavy glass is much thicker than traditional glass making it more rigid as well. Because it is so strong and rigid, it doesn’t require the frame around the outside to keep it stable. Now you can have a frameless shower door which provides a much sleeker and more modern look in your bathroom. You should know that edges on frameless doors get darker the thicker the glass gets, and you will notice. Make sure to ask what the edges of the finished product will look like.
Don’t Forget Door Hardware Decisions
The type of hardware you would like on your door is another decision you will have to make.There are plenty of choices from brushed nickel to oil rubbed bronze to rose gold. However, if you choose heavy glass doors, your hardware is drastically reduced. You may only need a door handle and some clips to keep the panels together. If your goal is to truly update your bathroom, heavy or frameless glass doors are what you want. Look through our gallery of glass shower doors and take note of those that do not require a metal frame. This also means no more cleaning shower door tracks!
Glass Patterns & Colors Can Brighten Your Shower
What pattern and color of glass do you prefer? We have 20 options for you whether you are installing a new shower door or replacing an old one. We can sometimes even do multiple textures to give you privacy while still showing off your fabulous tile. You just let us know what you want and we’ll create it.
Think About Replacing Your Bath with a Shower
Many homeowners find that they don’t use their tub for soaking and would rather have a shower enclosure only. Think about it. 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!
Zero entry showers are becoming popular with some older homeowners who plan to age in place. They find that they don’t use their tube because they have trouble getting in and out of it. Zero entry showers also allow wheelchairs to roll right into the enclosure should they need to in the future.
Do You Have an Unusual Floor Plan in Your Bathroom?
Sometimes homeowners run into the problem of having an unusually configured bathroom which makes it hard to visualize many options for a shower. If your bathroom is an unusual configuration, no problem, contact us! We specialize in custom shower enclosures and doors that will maximize your space and show off the other upgrades you’ve done in your bathroom.