Choosing the Ideal Shower Door
Showers have taken center stage in today’s bathroom styles and shower doors are
designed to fit all tastes and budgets. To have a good shower experience you need to
ensure that the shower doors are not only aesthetic but fit securely and what is more
important is they open as required within the bathroom space.
Variety of shapes and designs
The most popular choice for showers is glass shower doors. Glass doors come in a
variety of designs. The glass could be clear, opaque, frosted or patterned. Glass is
preferred because it gives a clean and open look to the bathroom, allows light to enter
the shower and gives a feeling of space to the bathroom. Shower doors have different
shapes also like being rounded, or arched door, straight or with sliding doors or even an
updated version of the traditional framed shower doors. Showers and doors can be
customized to fit in according to your needs and preferences.
A number of homeowners have begun to replace their old framed shower doors with
unframed shower doors. Framed doors are difficult to maintain as the aluminum track of
the frame tends to collect dirt and grime. The doors can only open on the outside. While
framed doors may not be popular any longer there are some updated versions available
that can give a new appearance to your bathroom. These are also more economical
than the unframed variety of shower doors.
A shower with a frameless design gives your bathroom a modern edge and a stylish
look. Frameless enclosures have two designs, one which has a full clear glass
enclosure while the other design uses a half tiled wall and half glass look. The beautiful
tile work and other decorative features are clearly visible through the glass that gives an
aesthetic touch to the bathroom.
If you have a full glass enclosure you have to make sure you select glass that is the
right thickness as it is not enclosed inside a frame. While clear glass makes even small
bathrooms look biggish, the opaque glass offers more privacy. Textured or patterned
glass offers privacy as well as style. Most people select an all glass enclosure as it is
easier to clean.
To have or not to have a door
Shower enclosures can be designed to have doors or you could go in for a walk-in
shower. If you want doors then you could have the option of a sliding door or hinged
door. You can have double or single sliding doors as these take up less space in the
bathroom. The shower curtain is now obsolete and in place of that you could have a
hinged door in the shower enclosure. If you have the budget and the space then go in
for a door-less spa like walk-in shower and add a rainfall showerhead or a massaging
shower panel. On the other hand a fully enclosed shower space with a door allows you
have your own steam room.