Choosing a frameless shower door to install in your bathroom can completely change the look of your bathroom. You can make your bathroom really stand out and transform it into a real eye catcher. There are a couple different choices for the shape of door that best fits your taste. Deciding to go with a frameless shower door allows you to get rid of aluminum frames and other unsightly materials that take up room, rust over time, make cleaning a hard process, and even collect germs.
Frameless shower doors are just that, a shower door without a frame. A header, hinges, clamps, and track will support the panels of glass. Water proof silicone will seal the glass and the wall on the edges on the glass panel, this gives it a watertight seal with a smooth edge that is clear.
Frameless shower doors are safe tempered panels of safety glass that can withstand impact. These thick panels of safety glass are usually at least 1/4 inch in thickness, the chances of breaking one are pretty slim. If for some reason they were to break, you would not have to worry about sharp shards of glass falling or cutting you. When tempered safety glass breaks, it separates into small uniformed chunks of glass with smooth edges.
Sliding glass doors are the most popular choice. They are two fixed panels with one sliding panel. Most traditional bathtubs use this type of door.
If you have a walk-in style shower, a bypass frameless door is a great choice. This style consists of fixed glass panels and a header to support. The hinged panel door swings open allowing entry into the shower. This style is a popular choice for corner shower units.
If you have a custom designed shower or bathtub, you can have the door designed to fit your exact measurements. There are many shapes to choose, tall, narrow, square, rectangle, or even a mountain top or random wave shaped door.
Once you have decided on the shape, you can move on to the color or tint you like the best. You can choose from about eight different styles of glass, a clear, bronze or gray tint glass, or one of several different types on textured glass.
Next you can choose your color and style of hardware. Most color brands available offer color choices in, polished chrome, brushed nickel, rubbed bronze brass, and white. The style of hardware you want to choose depends on the accessories you pick.
You can choose from different styles of knobs like a cylinder style door knobs, traditional style or bow-tie style. There are over 20 different style to choose from.
If you want a door pull instead of a knob, there are several styles to pick from. You can go with a solid, tubular, square series back-to-back pull handle, or even an acrylic style pull handle.
You will also need to choose hinges to match. Glass-to-glass pivot mount hinges, top and bottom pivot mount hinges, and wall mount full back plate hinges are very popular styles.There are about twenty styles in all for you to pick from.
Door clamps are the final selection needed to complete your install. You can go with a traditional look or maybe a cathedral style glass clamp, or even a european style look like a monaco or roman glass clamp. There are another dozen or so styles to choose from as well.
You have many different directions you can go when you are designing the look of your new shower or bath tub. If deciding the shape, style, color, or texture to pick becomes overwhelming, do not hesitate to call a professional to help you make the best choice.
Whether you are building, remodeling, or upgrading your bathroom, frameless shower doors will give you a beautiful and updated cool look and feel. Dirty, rusty, and grime ridden aluminum framed shower doors are a thing of the past! You will give yourself a pat on the back when you see your new custom bathroom.