Once you've decided to install a glass shower, you need to make various other decisions. These enclosures can be customised in numerous ways, and you need to pick what will best suit you. Consider the following ways to personalise your shower.
Shape and Size
One of the most notable aspects of a shower is its size and shape. If you install a custom frameless design, you can create any configuration you wish. Alternatively, you can purchase a pre-manufactured framed model in square, rectangle, or hexagon shapes. A pre-made enclosure will be more economical, while a custom design will make the most of your bathroom layout. For example, you can build an extra-large shower if you have a spacious bathroom. Or else, in a long and skinny bathroom, construct a wall-to-wall shower at one end.
You'll need to focus on practical considerations when choosing the door. An outward-swinging door will need a free floor area to open. So, in a compact bathroom, you might opt for a sliding door instead. Sliding doors can glide along channels at the bottom or attach to rollers at the top. Typically, a sliding door won't create as wide an entryway into the shower as a swinging door. Thus, you'll need to work out your priorities. Do you want to preserve space in the bathroom, or do you want to create a wider entrance into the shower itself, which may help those with mobility issues?
The framing of a shower affects its appearance. Fully framed showers feature metal edging along all four sides of each glass panel. Even though a shower may use transparent glass, this noticeable framing will delineate and visually separate the shower from the room.
On the other hand, a frameless shower uses less obvious brackets and hinges to connect the shower screens. Frameless showers help to evoke a sense of space and openness, as they don't segment the room, making it seem smaller. Instead, the bathroom will appear like one integrated space because of the invisible nature of the shower.
A semi-frameless shower provides a middle option with horizontal framing along the enclosure top and bottom and the sides where the panels meet the walls. The vertical connections between the glass screens only use the smaller hinges and brackets of frameless designs. So, these showers look sleeker than fully-framed models but appear bulkier than frameless showers. Semi-framed enclosures also fall in the middle in terms of cost. Typically, wholly framed showers cost the least, and frameless models will set you back the most.
Reach out to a professional for more information about shower screens.