Many homeowners make the common mistake of shopping for a new frameless shower door at their local home improvement store or online, not giving much thought to how the door will look and fit and whether leaks can be a potential problem. Because a frameless glass shower door must fit your shower perfectly, you must research which shower door style will work for your bathroom by considering how the door will open, whether a particular door works for your bathroom’s layout, and if off-the-shelf doors offer the same quality, craftsmanship, and durability that a custom glass shower door will.
In most cases, having a custom shower door made for your bathroom can be the best way to ensure the installation process goes smoothly and you're left with a beautiful shower that will add value to your home.
For a tighter bathroom space, you must consider bathroom size, shower layout, and frameless options.
Before you buy a new glass shower door, ask yourself:
The first thing you should research is the different styles of shower doors available.
While framed and semi-framed shower doors were popular years ago, today, frameless shower doors remain the style of choice. These doors feature an elegant, frameless design that's low maintenance, functional, and highly customizable.
Depending on the glass finish and design you choose, a frameless shower door can also allow you to show off high-end features, such as rain showerheads and tilework.
There are many popular frameless shower door options available, including:
Below, you’ll find the types of shower door designs that are popular with homeowners:
Inline doors work for showers that feature a single straight opening. This type of glass shower door consists of two to three glass panels that are installed in a straight line.
Return doors feature panels that don’t line up to a shower door, resting at a ninety-degree angle instead. Options for this style include a bypass door and return panel or a swing door.
Corner doors are installed in the center of two panels, each of which is angled at 135 degrees.
Choosing the entry style is another important decision and one that should be based on the available space in your bathroom and your style preferences.
Swinging shower doors will swing out into the bathroom for easy entry, however, if there’s not much space in your bathroom, a door that swings outward can prove problematic.
A sliding shower door is often a much better choice for smaller bathrooms. Sliding doors feature a space-saving, stylish design. Some types of sliding enclosures include bypass doors, with both sides that slide. Other types of sliding enclosure designs consist of a panel that slides and is coupled with a panel that’s fixed.
Rolling doors are similar to sliding doors, however, this design features ball bearings that can improve how the doors glide along a fixed panel track.
Panel enclosures offer a modern, simple design. With no moving parts, a panel enclosure can keep the water in and allows users total freedom when they enter the shower enclosure.
With off-the-shelf shower doors, glass finishes are usually limited to clear or frosted. If you decide to have a custom product installed, you’ll have a variety of finishes to choose from. Glass finishes can achieve many different looks for your bathroom, offering different levels of privacy.
The perfect finish for your frameless shower door can help you achieve the right look for your smaller bathroom.
You can choose from:
The hardware you choose for a frameless shower door should match the existing hardware in your bathroom. Doing so can tie the room together, providing a clean, seamless look.
Popular hardware choices include:
If you have a smaller bathroom, when you buy a door off the shelf, you’re rolling the dice. Even if you take careful measurements, there’s no guarantee that the door will fit the way it should, which can mean you’re opening yourself up to dealing with a leaky shower that may end up ruining your bathroom floor. Additionally, since you have a smaller than average bathroom and shower space, your choices of doors will be very limited.
When you decide to go with a glass company that can create a glass shower door that will work specifically with your bathroom, you’ll find that there are many customization options to choose from, allowing you to select the perfect shower door shape, style, glass type, and hardware for your unique bathroom.
Now that you know how to choose a new shower door that will work for your bathroom, you’ve probably also realized that custom glass shower doors are the way to go. At GCS Glass, our team of glass experts can create a custom shower door that will work with your bathroom and shower layout, to ensure you get a shower door style and design that adds functionality and beauty to your home.
The team at GCS was so easy to do business with. I did everything from my iPhone. I received quotes for my project with options to choose from. We scheduled appointments by text. Measurements were precise and the glass install looks great. When it was all done I made payments through an app on my phone. Easy peasy.
– Philip Capizzi
Just had our new shower glass and frame installed and we are very pleased. Brendan and Tyler did a great job and we really appreciated them working around the other flooring project we had going on at same time. Very accommodating. The glass and framework looks great. I'm looking forward to using the shower tomorrow with the new look. VERY pleased. The company is very responsive, quick to come out and measure, and got the job done. Thanks!
– Steve Gerhart
A great experience from the first estimate, measuring and install. Really well priced and was surprised at how quickly the shower doors were delivered and installed an entire week early. Was very pleased with the entire experience from start to finish.
– Kathleen Ruhl
I found this company after looking at many top-rate glass companies in Denver and seeing that I had to fill out forms and wait for them to get back to me. Some took days, and others have yet to call or email back. GCS was easy to text in from the website and talk to someone and get a quote rather quickly with examples over the text message. Within a few mins, I had a quote and an appointment set! That's how you earn the business! Make the initial request EASY and prove what the client is looking for! They were on time for every appointment and were professional. The glass took a few weeks to arrive, but the team kept us in the loop via text and never missed a detail. We are so happy with our choice, and the glass looks fantastic! They even added a complimentary glass coating to keep the soap scum at bay for two years. I'm starting a new project and will use them again in the next few weeks! Highly recommend.
– Alex Tooke
No need to search any further for a new shower door. Not only is GCS very fair on pricing (believe me, I did my due diligence) but their customer service is out of this world (so rare these days). From working with Chance on pricing, Austin on installing, and Tom on measuring and follow through, everyone was extremely professional. Tom is a perfectionist in the best of ways. His attention to detail is reflective in the quality of work. Thanks team!
– Caitlin Kinnett
We had the best experience work with GCS Glass! We knew going in some of our product was on back order and would take awhile. We were so impressed with GCS Glasses communication! They always communicated what was going on every time they got an update. We never felt like they “forgot about us” because they were in constant contact. Their workers were great and professional. Price wise they were slightly cheaper than competing companies. We could not be happier with this company.
– Jessica Laue-Flint
I would highly recommend this company for your shower door. Brandon was quick to respond to my request for quote. He provided excellent details about the options and prices including pictures, all in text so was very convenient.
– Teresa Hastings
GCS Glass is the premier company in AZ. Professional staff, outstanding installers. I ordered 3/8" Starphire clear tempered glass, brushed nickel hinges and hardware to match my bathroom fixtures. Emily sent me a detailed invoice with photos of the hardware. This was the finishing touch to the custom bathroom I built. If you want the absolute best GCS will deliver.
– Mark Plennes
We absolutely Love our Glass from GCS Glass Supply. The whole process went so smoothly and the quality is Amazing. Joe and Tim were very responsive each step in the process. The install by Junior and Camden was above our expectations. They were very polite, clean and provided quality craftsmanship. Many thanks GCS Glass. Best regards, Jim & Susan M.
– Jim Mohrig
We pride ourselves in having fast and professional staff that are always ready to help you with your next project.