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Choose from Different Types of Shower Glass Doors

Perry Hiiman
September 21, 2022
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Choose from Different Types of Shower Glass Doors

Choose from Different Types of Shower Glass Doors

A simple shower glass door can add so much to the mood in your bathroom, and give it a sleek, modern appearance. But, with so many varieties and types of glass shower doors available, you may be scratching your head wondering which one will work best with your bathroom design.

In general, when deciding between a shower curtain or glass door, glass doors are recommended. They are more hygienic and less likely to grow mold than shower curtains. Additionally, glass doors are simpler to maintain – who doesn’t prefer shower doors that are easy to clean? They are also luxurious and will therefore increase the value of your home if you wish to rent out or sell.

With so many options and different types of glass for shower doors, it’s important to know the potential advantages and disadvantages that come with each one. When making this decision, the main considerations to take into account include:

  • Style
  • Budget
  • Privacy
  • Ease of cleaning

Pros and Cons of Multiple Types of Shower Glass Doors

Join NYKB, masters of home remodeling with over 20 years of experience, as we share the pros and cons of glass shower doors.

1. Clear Glass Shower Doors

Clear glass shower doors are the most common choice. They are transparent but with a slight green tint. However, most people fail to notice the hue of the glass. Clear glass shower doors are available in a variety of textures, and they also complement any décor style.
The transparency of these doors allows you to view both inside and outside the bathroom. This may be good or bad, depending on your needs. The transparency also creates the impression that smaller bathrooms are expansive.

Pros

  • Modern Style

Glass shower doors have a modern aesthetic, instantly upgrading your house.

  • Easy to Clean

Cleaning glass shower doors is simple. Additionally, it’s easy to notice dirty stains or traces on the glass. Wipe the water off the glass after every use to avoid dirt accumulation and glass discoloration. Regularly clean the glass with a window cleaner to prevent cloudiness.

  • Timeless

Doors made of clear glass are versatile and will enhance any bathroom design. If you’re considering a bathroom renovation, a clear glass door will give your space a modern look. Additionally, the sophistication of this design will remain a timeless classic.

  • Lighting

Dull and dark showers can become a thing of the past, as clear glass doors let in all the light.

Cons

  • Lack of privacy
  • Attracts smudges and fingerprints
  • More expensive compared to other options

2. Low Iron Glass Shower Doors

NYKB explains low iron and other types of glass shower doors

A low iron glass door is very similar to clear glass shower doors, without the greener tint. To improve clarity and remove the green tinge, manufacturers use low-iron mixtures. When it comes to color matching, this aspect is crucial. If you want your bathroom background exposed, low-iron shower glass is a better option. Your showers will also be brighter as more light can enter the bathroom.
Smudges, spots, and fingerprints are very noticeable on low-iron glass doors. Therefore, homeowners will need to clean the door regularly. As for privacy, this shower glass provides no cover.

3. Textured Glass Shower Doors; Frosted, Rain, and Hammered Glass

NYKB explains frosted and other types of glass shower doors

These doors work well if you live with others but need a nice private bathroom. There are plenty of different distinctive textured alternatives available.

Manufacturers use acid or sandblasting to etch one side of the glass to make frosted glass, creating a sheer glass door that affords more privacy. However, the opaqueness of the glass can make the space appear smaller.

Rain-textured glass shower doors are another standard option, with texturing on one side. These doors enable more light to enter because they are not frosted. Rain glass doors also offer more privacy due to the texture of the glass. Unlike frosted glass shower doors, rain glass doesn’t collect dirt. Rain glass also conceals watermarks and fingerprints. This lovely and distinctive-looking glass creates a spa-like atmosphere in any bathroom.

Hammered glass is another common type of textured glass with regular indentations on one side that resembles hammered metal. These doors offer some privacy while still allowing for plenty of light.

Pros

  • A variety of designs and patterns are available.
  • The glass creates a unique, distinctive flair.
  • The glass gives more or less privacy depending on the design. (There are other ways to increase privacy in the bathroom aside from these shower glasses.)

Cons

  • Difficult to clean, especially the textured side, as soap scum can build up in the pits.
  • Depending on the style, it might be an expensive alternative.

4. Tinted Glass Shower Doors

NYKB explains tinted and other types of glass shower doors

Tinted glass shower doors allow you to see through the material. However, the darkness of the tinting reduces the amount of light that passes through them. Tinted shower glass will give your bathroom a distinctive, modern look.
The color selections offer several options ranging from light to dark tints. The darker the coloring, the more privacy the glass provides. If you have an older or more rustic home, use black and gray colors to avoid ruining the vintage appearance.

Pros

  • Available in a wide selection of colors
  • They provide a unique look

Cons

  • Potential difficulties when renovating with different colors
  • Some colors are more prone than others to showing buildup or scratches

Types of Shower Doors

The final selection for your bathroom door is the door type. Before selecting your bathroom door, it’s important to know the many different styles of glass doors. Here are some of the options available:

A)  Sliding Glass Shower Doors

NYKB explains sliding and other types of glass shower doors

With limited space, a sliding shower door is often the best choice. It is more modern than a shower curtain, but the frame will need frequent cleaning.

B)  Fixed Shower Glass

A shower screen easily fits into small bathroom layouts and is more stylish than a sliding door. There is a bi-fold construction that folds in to open and close, so your shower must have enough space around it to allow for access.

C)  Swing Shower Door

With so many types of glass shower doors, NYKB explains swinging doors

Because it swings open like a standard shower door, this kind of door might not fit in a very small bathroom. Since there is no frame, it is modern and simple to clean.

Framed or Frameless Shower Doors?

NYKB explains framed and other types of glass shower doors

Whether to choose a framed or a frameless glass door is the last decision to make. We’ll explore the difference below.

Framed Doors

Framed doors have defined and sealed edges that keep water from leaking out. However, without regular cleaning, it can easily collect dirt and mold. Framed shower doors have a standard structure and size. Compared to frameless glass, they are less expensive and easier to install.

Pros

  • Cheaper alternative
  • More effective in stopping water leaks

Cons

  • Less accessible design alternatives
  • Challenging to clean

Custom Frameless Glass Shower Doors

Custom frameless doors are available to accommodate your shower area. The shower is easier to clean due to the unhindered glass panels, and there are fewer hiding areas for soap scum and buildup.
With frameless, there are fewer options for completely enclosing your shower. If not properly installed, water may leak onto the floor. However, this isn’t a problem if the bathroom area is larger or has a walk-in door.
Frameless designs cost more because of the glass’s thickness, size, and more complex installation. Strong nuts and bolts are needed to stabilize these doors.

Pros

  • Many customizable choices are available
  • It is easier to clean
  • A fantastic improvement that increases return on investment
  • It can enlarge the appearance of your bathroom, which is excellent for smaller areas

Cons

  • Costlier alternative
  • Less resistant to water leaks

Choose the Perfect Glass Door for your Bathroom

These are just some of the factors to take into account for your bathroom renovation. At NYKB, we’ll clarify the varied types of glass shower doors and guide you through making the perfect choice. We also fit custom shower glass doors for your new shower or tub, cut to the exact size. Contact us to learn more about glass shower doors or to book a free home consultation. Together with NYKB, your home can be perfect.

The goal of renovation and remodeling is to ensure satisfaction upon completion of your project. Construction can be very frustrating, and without a professional contractor, things can go wrong.

About Author

Perry Hiiman

Perry Hiiman was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He planted his roots in Manhatten, New York in 1992. A few years later, Perry met his wife and had three lovely daughters. Perry has always been excited about home improvement and design. He has been in the service industry for over 25 years. Perry and his partner founded New York Kitchen and Bath in 2001. They pioneered the One Stop Shop concept of home improvement and design firms. In addition, Perry is a New York State licensed contractor, OSHA certified, and a New York State licensed mold assessor. He specializes in custom design and is genuinely passionate about what he does—bringing people’s dream projects to life.
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