Choosing The Right Glass For Your Shower Enclosure
If you are in the position of choosing glass for your new shower enclosure, you've already taken an excellent step! Glass shower enclosures have a number of benefits, from brightening a shower to making cleanup and maintenance easier. There are many types of glass that can be used in shower enclosures. The following are some steps you can take to narrow down your selection.
Consider Your Budget
First of all, consider the total budget that you have for your shower enclosure. And note that there are many more expenses than just the glass. There is the cost of labor for the glass installation. There is the cost for parts to attach your glass shower enclosure to a wall or tub. There is the cost of ventilation for an open enclosure. Then, you have the cost of adding plumbing fixtures, such as shower heads. Your glass installation specialist can give you a better idea of what percent of your budget to spend on each of these parts of the job.
Consider Your Priorities
Different people prefer different things when they are looking at shower glass. Some people want to make sure the glass will never break if someone puts body weight on it. These people might play it safe and decide to get shower glass blocks that are practically indestructible. Other people value having a lot of natural light in their shower enclosure, and they may want to choose non-textured sheet glass that is as transparent as possible.
Look in Catalogs
Your glass specialist may already have some glass options to choose from. But you may also want to look in a construction catalog for glass. It's important to note that the glass you choose should be manufactured for construction use and not for artistic or craft use. The glass is tempered differently to be more durable.
Still, you can find a lot of different styles. Some glass you may find will be tinted. Some will have different textures, such as a wavy or marbled appearance. These features will increase your final price, but they also give the shower enclosure much more personality, such that it can be a good design feature of its own accord in your remodeled bathroom.
The casing of your shower door may add or subtract from the design. Some people use aluminum framing to contrast with glass. Some people like to have simple hinges that let the glass speak for itself. All of your choices will have a big impact on the final product.