Glass Shower Enclosures made the days gone when bathrooms were cramped, no-frills spaces with a simple toilet, sink, and standard-size tub/shower combination. Today’s homeowners want spa-like bathrooms that offer beauty as well as function. One of the emerging trends is the stand-alone shower enclosure with crystal-clear glass that shows off the elegant fixtures and rich materials of the shower, such as marble, soapstone, and granite.
Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that ordinary glass is porous. When hard water, soap, and even household cleaners are combined with the heat and humidity typical of shower environments, glass can corrode and no amount of scrubbing will remove the staining and scale that result.
One remedy that homeowners can turn to is spray-on or wipe-on treatments to protect the glass. But when these coatings wear off, staining, streaking, and corrosion can occur. Another solution, ShowerGuard™ glass from Guardian Industries, uses a patented ion beam technology to permanently seal the surface of the glass during manufacturing. With this new product, there is never a need to reapply the protection and the appearance can be maintained with a soft cloth or wet sponge and most common household cleaners.
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If you’re in the market for a shower enclosure, here are tips on what to ask the bath dealer or the professionals handling your remodeling project:
• Is the shower glass protected? First, ask if the surface of the shower glass has a sealant or other protective treatment. Standard glass can become streaked and stained quickly.
• When and how is the sealant applied? If the shower glass is protected, find out what type of sealant is used and when it is applied. Some glass coatings are applied after the glass is manufactured, which could result in their wearing off in a relatively short period of time.
• Are there special cleaners that must be used? Some glass treatments require special cleaners and techniques rather than ordinary household cleaners.
• How long will the protection last? Some spray-on or wipe-on glass treatments can cease to protect the glass after two or three years and reapplication can be messy.
Questions about Glass Shower Enclosures
How much do glass shower enclosures cost?
How much does a frameless shower enclosure cost?
What type of glass is used for shower enclosures?
How thick should shower enclosure glass be?
Which is better framed or frameless shower doors?
Pros And Cons Of Framed Glass Shower Doors
Framed glass shower doors have a heavy-duty aluminum frame around their interior edges. If you’re upgrading from a shower curtain to a glass shower door, a framed glass shower door is a great option. Framed glass doors are cleaner and nicer looking than shower curtains. They are a great upgrade for your bathroom design because they:
- Provide more stability: Glass shower doors are made from tempered glass, which breaks off into small circles instead of shards for less risk of injury.The aluminum frame around a glass shower door steadies the door as well, further reducing the risk of shattering.
- Are easier to install: To install a framed glass shower door, all you need to do is hang up the frame. Framed glass doors can fit over any type of shower material. On the other hand, frameless glass shower doors need proper placement of hinges and hardware.
- Keep in more water: Framed glass shower doors are less likely to leak. They contain a track that traps water. Along with this track, they also have both a layer of caulk and a metal frame to protect against spilling. The watertight design of a framed glass door keeps shower spray inside the shower.
- Come in a variety of frame design options: For a more modern look, you can choose from a variety of different metal frames. You could also choose a sliding glass door instead of a pivot door for more space. Custom framed glass doors are available in different styles to fit your decor theme.
- Are more cost-effective: You pay 10 to 15% less than a frameless shower to door to install a framed option. Framed glass doors also use thinner tempered glass than frameless glass doors. A thinner glass saves you even more money.
Some of the drawbacks of framed shower doors that you need to consider include:
- A limited range of motion: They only open outward, which can be limiting. If your door can open both inward and outward, you have less chance of injury.
- Harder to maintain: The metal around framed shower doors can corrode over time due to excess moisture. Soap scum and water droplets could also cause mildew buildup around the shower frame.
- An outdated design: They can also appear dated when they are installed in bathrooms with more modern finishes. While you can choose different designs, homeowners favor the frameless shower door style.