Expert Advice and Installation in Flower Mound
If a new shower door is part of a bathroom remodel, you have many options to consider. Some choices can be based on your style and preferences while other choices need to also take into account the size and layout of the space.
Types of Shower Doors
Form, function, and style are all important considerations in which door is used for your space. The opening size of the shower and the amount of space inside and around the shower are driving factors on what should be installed.
- Sliding Doors. Also known as bypass doors, sliding glass doors are great choices when you don’t have the space for a door to swing out yet still can provide a big enough opening to easily enter the shower. There is usually one stationary panel that the sliding glass door slides over. These doors can also be used for bathtub showers.
- Pivot Doors. These doors are often installed in showers with small openings. The pivot hinge allows the door to swing 180 degrees, both inward and out. Pivot doors are good options if the shower doesn’t have enough space for a sliding door.
- Hinged Doors. Unlike a pivot door, hinged doors open in one direction. These doors are popular in shower alcoves and freestanding cubicles
- Neo-Angle Doors. These showers are composed of three panels. One panel is the door while the others are stationary panels. Neo-angle doors are often used in large corner showers, with the two stationary panels placed perpendicular to the walls. The shower door is in the middle at an angle.
- Steam Doors. If you have a steam shower, you will need a steam door to keep in that heat. The door is steam proof from ceiling to floor and completely encloses the shower area.
- Curved Doors. These rounded doors create more space inside the shower but do take up more space in the room. A corner shower is often where these doors are used. Curved doors usually open inward.
Picking the right door is pivotal to the look and function of your bathroom. It is as important as the tile, vanities, and hardware to establish the room’s character.
Types of Glass
Picking out the type of door is not the only decision you will need to make. You will also select the type of glass for your new shower doors. Like the doors themselves, there are several options of glass.
- Clear Glass. If privacy isn’t required, clear glass gives a small space the feeling of more room. Interesting tile patterns and multi-head shower sprays are easily visible.
- Frosted Glass. When you want more privacy but the sleekness of the glass, then frosted glass is a good option.
- Rain Glass. The texture and opaqueness of this glass make it a winning choice when you want more privacy and less visible streak marks that can stain the glass. You can have the rain-like texture on either side of the glass.
- Color Glass. Colors like gray and bronze are popular colors when you want privacy and don’t need a lot of light from outside the shower.
The type of glass you select is up to the level of privacy you want and the desired overall look of your bathroom.
Framed vs. Frameless
Once you have picked the type of door and glass, you will also choose whether you want to have the shower and door framed or frameless.
- Framed Shower Doors. Most shower frames are made of aluminum and run vertically and horizontally on the door. The frames come in silver, black, and other colors. Many people like how the frames can create an accent for their shower that can coordinate with the hardware on their vanities as well as the showerheads and faucets.
- Frameless Shower Doors. Those seeking a modern, sleek feel often chose frameless shower doors. Without the frame, a small space can feel bigger and allow other elements of the bathroom to be the focal point.
The type of door, the type of glass, and whether you go framed or frameless will collectively have a huge impact on the look of your bathroom.
At Modern Blue, our knowledgeable contractors can guide you through the decision-making process by listening to your goals and explaining the styles that would work best in your bathroom.