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Deciding on a Shower Door Contractor for Your Renovation

When most people decide to update their bathroom, their first stop is usually the shower. Frameless glass shower doors and enclosures are very trendy right now, for several reasons, but due to the complexity of the installation and design process, it’s crucial that you choose a reputable contractor that has the skills and knowledge to get the job done right, the first time, and can install a custom door and/or an enclosure that’s specifically designed for your unique bathroom space.

Choosing a glass shower door contractor for your shower remodel project is a major decision, and there are many important factors to consider when you’re looking for the right contractor for the job. The glass expert you hire should be able to offer high-quality workmanship and materials and create the elegant design you’re looking for, at prices you can afford.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Shower Door Contractor for Your Remodel

Frameless glass shower doors are a popular shower option and can completely transform the look and feel of a bathroom. These doors can also be a great way to instantly update the look of any bathroom, without the high cost of a total bathroom remodel. However, these doors can be very complicated to install, compared to traditional framed shower doors and enclosures. Installing this type of door or frameless shower enclosure with no experience can result in water leaks, project delays, and high costs.

Some homeowners may consider installing a frameless shower door on their own to save money, however, this type of installation can become quite complicated for DIYers who lack the skills and knowledge to handle this type of delicate job. While anyone can purchase a door at a local home improvement store, installing a glass shower door or enclosure requires a certain skill level that many people don’t possess.

Why Go with a Glass Expert?

A professional glass contractor can create a custom shower door and/or enclosure that is specifically designed to fit your shower, based on bathroom space, shower space, and style preferences.

There are many benefits to hiring a glass contractor for your shower door installation, however, you must carefully choose a contractor that has the skills, experience, and knowledge to take on a complex shower enclosure installation to create beautiful results.

Here are some things to consider when you’re searching for the right shower door installer for your bathroom remodel:

Work Experience

Before you hire a glass shower door installer, make sure they have a significant amount of experience working on similar projects. Ask to see their work portfolio and take a look at the past projects they have completed. This will allow you to see their quality of workmanship, versatility, and skills.


Having a shower door installed can be a major investment, so choosing the right door for your bathroom is important. Frameless shower doors are popular because they offer a minimalist, clean look and they’re easy to maintain. The key to a beautiful-looking shower door is choosing a contractor who pays attention to all the tiny details and gets the job done right the first time. Many people can install a shower door themselves, but a professional contractor will ensure the job is done right, so you won’t have to deal with leaks, poor seals, or other issues later down the road.

A contractor should be able to answer all of your questions regarding shower door and enclosure designs, styles, and the installation process.

Project Length

When you’re interviewing contractors, ask how long the job will take. The time required for this type of project can vary significantly depending on many factors. For example, if you want a custom-built shower door or enclosure installed to replace your existing shower, it can take considerably longer to install than you may expect since a custom job will always take longer than a standard job. The only way you can be sure of how long a job will roughly take is to speak with a professional glass contractor and discuss what you want to be done.

Estimates for Shower Door Installation that are Reasonable

You should also get a rough idea of how much the project will cost before you decide to hire a contractor for the project. This will help you determine whether or not the contractor is right for you, based on your budget. While your budget should never be the determining factor when hiring an experienced contractor, it’s definitely something you will need to consider before signing on the dotted line.

High-Quality Materials

The materials and products used for designing and installing this popular shower option should be high-quality. Make sure the glass used is of good quality and the appropriate thickness since a quality frameless design should be much thicker than the glass used on a traditional framed door. High-quality glass can result in gorgeous shower walls and the bathroom you’ve always dreamed of.

Bathroom Design Options

You may already have a good idea of what you want your new shower to look like, which is why you must choose a contractor that offers a wide range of design options, including hardware and glass type. Many homeowners choose frameless shower doors for their contemporary style and elegant design. However, there are many other bathroom style options you can choose from that will work with your personal preferences and budget.

Type of Glass/Fixtures

In many cases, a shower door contractor will offer ultra-clear, clear, frosted glass, opaque glass, and tinted shower door glass, which will allow you to choose glass based on your privacy and style preferences. Companies that carry a variety of hardware finishes, such as nickel or oiled brass fixtures, will give you the ability to choose the right hardware that will work with your entire bathroom style, so the new shower will flawlessly tie into the rest of the room, to achieve the intended look.

Should I Choose a Frameless Glass Door for My Shower Remodeling Project?

It’s true that a frameless shower door installation can be difficult and will definitely require the skills of a professional to get the job done right. The higher cost of these doors in addition to the complexity of the installation may have you wondering whether this type of door or enclosure is right for you and your home, but considering the many benefits that come with choosing this type of door for your bathroom remodel, you’ll quickly realize this remodel is money well invested in your home.

Some of the main benefits you’ll enjoy when you choose a frameless door include:

  • A frameless shower door and glass shower wall panels can make your bathroom look much larger than it is, allowing more light to flow throughout your bathroom
  • A custom door will be designed specifically for your bathroom, making it a great choice for uniquely shaped bathrooms, a corner glass shower, tub enclosures, walk-in showers, corner showers, and older bathrooms.
  • When installed properly by a professional, a door will not leak.
  • The lack of a frame means a low maintenance design that also eliminates areas for mold, bacteria, and mildew to grow
  • Installing a frameless shower door will instantly increase the value of your home
  • You’ll enjoy a bathroom that offers an elegant, spa-like atmosphere.

As you can see, when installed correctly, this type of shower door can add value and many benefits to your home, which is why you must work with a professional that has extensive skills, experience, and knowledge in installing this type of door or enclosure.

Finding the Right Glass Contractor for Your Bathroom Shower Remodel

Whether you want a frameless shower door with an elegant design, a simple contemporary design for a more modern look, or an indulgent steam shower, the glass contractors at GCS Glass and Mirror offer complete shower solutions.

We will meet with you to discuss design options, explain the installation process, and go over project costs, so you can make an informed decision concerning the style, type of glass, and fixture replacement, to determine what’s right for you and your bathroom.

The team at GCS Glass and Mirror has earned a reputation for their beautiful workmanship, high-quality materials, innovative designs, and their commitment to client satisfaction. As a company that prides itself on creating custom shower doors and enclosures that feature an elegant design and are built to last, you can feel confident that you’re working with a team that goes above and beyond to complete a project on time and to your satisfaction. To learn more about GCS Glass and Mirror and their custom shower door and enclosure installations, contact us today.

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