Decisions To Make When Installing A Glass Shower

A bathroom might be functional, the place where everyone bathes and grooms every day. But it also provides a place of respite and calm in which you can daydream and escape from a busy day. The shower you install is central to the room's functionality and sense of luxury. Here are several decisions you'll need to make when installing a glass shower.

Decide On A Shape 

First thing's first, and the most crucial decision is around the shape and placement of the enclosure. You could install a square or rectangular shower. To save space, go for a hexagonal or rounded shape and locate it in a room corner. You'll benefit from a larger floor area once the sharp corner is gone.

Pick A Door

Pick between a swinging or sliding door. Some designs pivot inwards, requiring enough shower space, while others swing outwards, needing the requisite amount of general area. A sliding door is a space-saver, by moving neatly to the side. If you want to go door-less, you could install a fixed screen or screens to section off an area and to create a minimal wet-room look. These transparent panels of glass look particularly stunning, with a smooth face with scant metal hardware. Such designs tend to highlight beautiful tiles and other bathroom surfaces as they draw so little attention to themselves.

Choose How Much Framing

A glass shower can be frameless, partially or fully framed.  A frameless enclosure has discreet metal brackets or supports so that the shower becomes almost invisible. These designs give a spacious and open feel as the room feels like one big area. Semi- framed designs vary in the degree and specific position of metal-edging. A model might, for instance, have metal channels along the top and bottom of the glass screens with little hardware along the vertical edges. A fully framed design, though, will have metal encasing all four sides of each screen. 

Select A Decorative Glass 

Other choices surround decorative glass options. You need not install totally transparent glass—you might prefer frosted glass that affords a touch of privacy. You'll need to balance privacy against a sense of openness as cloudy shower screens divide the bathroom into two areas. Other possibilities include textured and toned glass. Textured glass has two-dimensional patterns on the screen, which also obscures the view and increases seclusion. Alternatively, you could install toned glass in bronze, grey, blue or green. The hues vary in intensity depending on how much of a colour-generating mineral is added to the glass mix during manufacture.

To learn more, contact a shower screen supplier.