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Making the Right Choice: Key Questions to Consider Before Installing a Frameless Shower Door

Are you searching for the perfect new shower door for your bathroom? The right shower door style can have a major impact on how functional your bathroom is, and sets the tone for the flow and overall feel of your bathroom space. Because of this, it’s crucial that you choose a style and design that’s durable, elegant, and meets the needs of you and your family.

When you’re shopping for the right type of glass shower door that can instantly transform the look and feel of your bathroom, there are many things you'll need to consider before installation, including style, glass type, how functional the door will make your bathroom, and whether or not your dream shower door will work with your shower’s layout. 

Are You Sure Which Style of Glass Shower Door You Want? 

You’ll need to select a type of glass shower door that improves functionality, works well with the existing decor in your bathroom, and meets your privacy or lighting needs. Whether you have a narrow shower stall, a walk-in shower, or a standalone shower, the installers at GCS Glass and Mirror can help you choose a glass shower door that's affordable, functional, and meets your needs. 

There are a variety of styles to choose from. Some of the most popular types of shower doors include:

  • Hinged
  • Bifold shower 
  • Bypass
  • Barn door
  • Pivot
  • Sliding
  • Shower screen
  • Corner shower door 

Which Type of Glass Do You Want? 

The type of glass used for your new shower door depends on your personal tastes, privacy needs, and the existing decor in your bathroom.

  • Clear glass is a stylish, modern choice that can allow more light to flow throughout the space. It’s perfect for smaller bathrooms since the lack of a frame and the crystal clarity of the glass give the illusion of a bigger space.
  • Frosted glass offers more privacy and features an opaque finish. This glass choice can instantly transform your shower into your bathroom’s focal point and is lower maintenance since the opacity of the glass hides fingerprints and smudges better than clear glass.
  • Patterned glass is available in a variety of pattern options including rain glass. This type of glass is more translucent than frosted but offers more privacy than clear or low-iron glass.

Do You Have a Bathtub, Shower, or Combination? 

A tub and shower combo is a common style found in most homes. With a shower and tub combo, you can still enjoy the luxury and elegance of a frameless shower door. In most cases, sliding shower doors are the best option. You can also take a custom sliding shower door a step further by choosing unique hardware that will allow your new shower doors to blend in well with your bathroom’s existing style and theme. 

How Much Space Does Your Bathroom Have? 

You may have your heart set on a particular style or type of frameless shower door. However, before you choose, you need to consider the available space in your bathroom and the layout of your shower. Not all shower doors will be compatible with your unique bathroom space, which is why it’s important to take accurate measurements and consult with professional shower door installers before making your final choice.

Which Features Matter Most to You? 

There are dozens of styles to choose from, so you’ll find no shortage of features available. If you have beautiful tilework in your shower, you may want to opt for a modern shower door with basic hardware. If you want to make your shower stand out, choosing the right type of hardware and shower head can instantly update your bathroom, for a more contemporary look. There is a variety of hardware finishes to choose from, including chrome, bronze, and brushed nickel.

What's Your Shower Upgrade Budget?

A custom shower door will cost more than a prefabricated frameless shower door. When you meet with the glass installation team at GCS Glass and Mirror, you can discuss your budget, functionality needs, style preferences, and more, to determine which type of shower door will work for your budget, but can still provide the look and feel you want to achieve. At GCS Glass and Mirror, we offer custom shower glass doors that will work with any budget. Our skilled design team will work closely with you to ensure we help you choose a shower door that will transform your bathroom into the spa-like environment you’ve always wanted.

How Fast Do You Want the Installation Process to Be? 

Installing glass shower enclosures can be tricky. It takes a team of skilled shower glass contractors with extensive experience to get the job done right and quickly. There are many factors that can affect the installation process, such as the customization options you choose and how complex the installation process will be. Our design team will sit down with you to go over the process, explain every step, and give you an idea of how long the installation process will take. During the job, our team of glass contractors will keep you up to date regarding the progress of the installation, so there are no surprises.

Contact GCS Glass & Mirror to Get a Quote! 

Now that you have a good idea of the different types of shower glass doors that are available, what your customization options are, and why it’s so important to find the right style for your particular bathroom space, it’s time to contact the team at GCS Glass and Mirror. A shower door expert can meet with you to discuss design options, budget, style preferences, and more. Contact us today to get a quote.




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– Jessica Laue-Flint

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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

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