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Shower Doors or Shower Curtains: Making the Best Choice for Your Bathroom

Shower curtains and glass shower doors can both instantly change the look and feel of a bathroom. Shower curtains are a more affordable option, but one that will not add value to your home. They also need to be replaced often, due to mold build up and bacteria. Frameless glass shower enclosures have a much higher upfront cost, but can make your home more appealing to potential homebuyers, making it the right choice if you plan to sell your home in the future. Additionally, they can make a smaller bathroom feel open, airy, and spacious.

Appearance and Functionality 

Shower curtains are available in a variety of colors and designs. Unfortunately, shower curtains can block tile work in a shower and hide other attractive features. They also tend to block light, making a bathroom appear cramped and smaller.

Frameless glass shower enclosures are made out of clear tempered glass that allows uninterrupted light to flow throughout your bathroom. The glass also creates the illusion that your bathroom is much bigger than it actually is. Frameless glass enclosures modernize bathrooms, adding to aesthetic appeal, featuring clean lines and an elegant look. A shower glass enclosure can also do a better job of keeping water inside the shower, compared to shower curtains. You’ll also have your choice of customizable features, from hardware and door style, to special coatings and glass type. 

Maintenance and Cleaning

Shower curtains can take longer to clean than glass shower doors, due to mold and mildew build up. If you have a cloth shower curtain, you’ll need to remove it and toss it in a washing machine. If it’s made out of plastic, it must be scrubbed by hand to remove mold and mildew. If there’s a shower liner, the liner must be replaced periodically since they tend to collect mold, mildew, and soap scum. The frameless shower glass door design creates less of a chance of mold build up since these doors do not have metal tracks or seals around them. However, they will need to be cleaned regularly to remove streaks and water spots. 


Shower curtains have a much lower upfront cost compared to glass doors and can cost as little as $15, with a price ranging from $15 to $60, depending on the style. Glass enclosure shower cost depends on many factors, such as the type of glass used, the size of the shower, installation costs, the level of customization, and other variables. On average, the price range for this type of bathroom upgrade is $500 to $2,500.

Impact on Value of Your Home 

Many potential homebuyers will pay close attention to bathrooms, when they’re searching for the right home. Shower curtains don’t add any value to your home and will often be thrown away and replaced once a home is purchased. Glass shower doors are a popular bathroom trend and can be an important investment, adding instant appeal. Most homes on the market have outdated tub and shower combos. An updated bathroom that features frameless glass shower doors will make your bathroom look elegant, modern, larger, and more appealing.

Contact GCS Glass & Mirror to Get a Quote! 

A high-quality frameless shower door may have a higher upfront cost, but they can improve functionality, add value to your home, and can instantly transform your bathroom into a luxurious space that you’ll look forward to, after a long day at work. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, you want to add value to your home, or you want to update your bathroom, contact GCS Glass today. We design and create beautiful custom modern glass shower doors that can work for any budget. Let our shower door installers help you choose a custom glass shower door, one that works for your unique bathroom, style preferences, and budget. Give us a call today for a free shower glass quote. 

What People Are Saying About Us

I did everything from my iPhone! Easy peasy!

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

Very Accommodating!

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!

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

Super Fast Turnaround Time!

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

Look No Further!

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

Best Experience Ever!

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

Highly Recommend Company

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

Professional staff, Outstanding installers

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

Smooth Process, Amazing Quality

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

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