All-glass shower enclosures, or frameless glass showers, are growing in popularity in the custom bathroom market. This style of shower enclosure does not need a frame to support their weight or slide on but instead operate by swinging open and shut on hinges. It’s this lack of a frame, and the open, airy feeling the glass gives to the entire room, that has made the frameless glass shower such a popular choice.
For the custom shower look
Most quality frameless glass enclosures are also custom made, giving homeowners a wide range of styles to choose from. Without frames, homeowners aren’t locked into specific sizes or dated slider doors. With more and more homeowners investing in intricate tile designs or stunning stone showers, a frameless shower helps showcase these remarkable features. A custom glass enclosure will cost around $1,200 or more, primarily because it requires a thick piece of tempered glass not only for the door and frame, as well as sturdy hardware to keep the door in place.
Will a frameless glass shower leak?
Framed shower doors do not have sealed edges to create a seamless connection with the walls and floors. Because of this, the bathroom is more susceptible to water splashing onto the floor outside the shower. The key to preventing water damage is to purchase a well-designed door and invest in a skilled installer to do the work. Joseph & Berry has seen both poorly installed and poorly designed frameless shower doors, and know how to do it right. Large gaps between the door and supports, shower heads aimed in the wrong direction, and other mistakes can turn your dream bathroom into a constant battle to keep it dry.
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Types of glass
Clear — Simple, sleek and classic, clear glass goes well with all styles and aesthetics. It is especially well suited for bathrooms that incorporate pops of bright colors throughout or has a signature tile on the shower wall. Talk to your design team about ensuring hardware does not take away from the clean look of clear glass.
Gray — Gray glass not only creates a bit of privacy but adds contrast in bright white bathrooms and depth to rooms where stone tile and marble are prominent.
Blue — Whether bright hues or subdued navy, blue glass is a way to add a touch of color. Blues are cool colors, which is always a popular choice for bathrooms. Bold and vibrant colors, like oranges, reds, and yellows can be harsh to the eye and feel more trendy than classic.
Textured — Whether it’s horizontal stripes of frosted glass or vertical textures, a textured panel adds privacy and style. Consider incorporating textured glass into a custom shower if there are are other textures in the room to play off of, such as wood grains or stone.
Frosted — If privacy is paramount, such as in a guest bathroom or one that will be shared by children, frosted glass provides privacy while also keeping the feel in the room light and bright. Consider adding lights within the shower for the person showering and added brightness in the rest of the bathroom. Frosted glass panels can also serve as a divider around the toilet or create other separated spaces in a shared bathroom.
Clean look with less cleaning
Besides feeling dated, framed shower doors can be difficult to keep clean. Water under seals and within sliders is the perfect place for mildew to breed. A frameless glass door is as easy to clean as a few quick swipes of a squeegee.
Some homeowners we talk to love the look of a frameless shower door but wonder if their bathroom is the right size. Because it is a custom creation, we can work with clients to build the right size and style. Clear glass shower doors also make a room feel larger, opening site lines and allowing you and guests to see the entire room.
Overall, the greatest feature of a frameless shower door is how they look. Sleek and straightforward, they allow the style and design of a bathroom speak for itself.