When it comes to shopping around for glass shower doors and enclosures, there are quite a few variables to consider before deciding on the perfect shower for you (and your budget). First, the size and layout of your bathroom will determine what kind of shower doors will fit the space. Swinging shower doors generally take up more area than sliding doors for example. Next, you must take into account the size of your shower door. Not only will larger doors take up more space, but they will cost more to install. Other factors to consider are the cost of labor, the thickness of glass, and if you are planning any custom modifications.
Taking all the variables into consideration, here are the average prices for shower door installation in Austin, TX:
- Average Cost of Shower Doors: $1200 - $1800
- Typical Range: $1000 - $2000
- Low End: $500 - $1000
- High End: $2500 - $4000
A Complete Guide to Glass Showers
If you’ve seen any of those “Home Makeover” shows, you’ll know by now that the shower is the focal point of most bathrooms. Showers come in many shapes and sizes, use a wide variety of materials, and utilize distinctive methods of functionality. Ultimately it comes down to personal taste. While there are many different ways to rinse off, we’re focusing on the pinnacle of personal hygiene: glass shower doors and enclosures.
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Glass Shower Enclosures
Frameless glass shower enclosures eliminate the need for a metal support structure by utilizing heavier glass. Typically, these types of showers are made with 3/8” to ½” panes of strong tempered glass that are dense enough to support themselves. Because there is no need for a frame, frameless glass showers convey a seamless elegance in any bathroom. Additionally, many homeowners prefer these showers because they are much easier to clean, and will match the look of any bathroom.
Related: Remodeling Your Bathroom 101
Framed Shower Enclosures
Framed shower enclosures rely on a metal skeleton to support the surrounding glass, typically utilizing thinner glass measuring 1/8” to 3/16” thickness. These types of showers are generally the most cost effective option because they do not require heavy glass, and are easier to install.
Semi Frameless Shower
Do you love the streamlined look of the frameless shower enclosure, but feel that it’s a little out of your budget? If so, frameless showers are for you! They’re the perfect combination of the frameless and framed shower enclosures, offering the best of both worlds. By installing a solid glass door, and low-profile framing, you can achieve the open feel of a frameless shower, while staying in your budget.
Walk in Shower
A new, trendy option in the world of shower enclosures is the walk in shower. These popular bathroom additions come in a variety of styles. They are typically frameless, and some designs even forego the shower door altogether. This look consists of one or more glass panes forming a barrier opposite the wall with showerhead and fixtures. Because of their minimalistic structure, bathrooms with a walk in shower appear cleaner, and more natural.
Walk-in showers also offer curbless entry options, which is beneficial for individuals with limited mobility. By removing these thresholds, those with mobility issues can safely and easily access the shower area.
Neo Angle Shower Enclosure
Typically utilized as a corner shower, these space-savers can be designed for a wide range of bathrooms. By enclosing two walls with three sides of thick tempered glass (one of which is the shower door), a natural angle is formed. Neo angle shower enclosures can be framed or frameless, and are most common in smaller bathrooms because the shower door opens into the middle of the room, offering more space..
Having visions of a spa-like retreat in your bathroom? Maybe adding a steam sauna to your walk in shower is the answer! Keep in mind that your glass shower doors will need to extend up to the ceiling to help keep most of the steamy goodness inside. Try adding frosted glass partitions to further enhance your private spa experience.
Glass Shower Doors
This type of glass shower door generally doesn’t have a frame, and is positioned to swing open just like any other door in your home. Because these doors are made of thicker ½” glass, they are much studier and will not wobble like cheaper, thinner glass doors.
One drawback of installing a swinging glass shower door in your bathroom is that it requires ample space for clearance. If your shower is a neo angle or corner shower door, the swinging door might be your only option. Make sure to plan accordingly when planning your bathroom remodel.
Sliding Glass Doors
These shower doors (also known as bypass doors) are as functional as they are visually appealing. Because these shower doors don’t swing out into the bathroom, clearance space is not an issue. Sliding glass doors can also be utilized in frameless and framed showers alike, making them one of the most versatile shower door options.
Clear Glass or Frosted Glass?
Clear glass shower enclosures let in more light then opaque glass, and make your space appear visually larger and more open. This simple investment helps to create a more open, seamless, and contemporary space, that offers a unique design opportunity. Since most contemporary style bathrooms are usually visual and feature intricate bathroom fixtures and decorative tiles, frame less shower glass doors have been gaining fame among many homeowners.
Commonly referred to as opaque or privacy glass, this glass type does exactly what its name suggests. Acid etching, or sand blasting, regular clear glass is what gives frosted glass its opaque appearance. It blurs visibility when gazing through the glass by obscuring the light coming in. As a result, your bathroom won’t let in as much natural light compared to clear glass, making your bathroom a bit darker. Also, worth considering is that because you can’t see through privacy glass, your bathroom will also appear smaller to the naked eye.
If privacy is an issue in your home then frosted glass is the glass for you! Its unique look and texture can be a bit tricky to incorporate into your design scheme, but with the right bathroom design frosted glass can be a beautiful accent to the room.
For more on types of glass, read our Ultimate Guide: Frosted Glass vs. Clear Glass
Things to Consider When Choosing a Shower
Here are the major considerations to take into account when choosing the perfect shower:
- Determine how much space you have to work with. The shape and style of your shower will largely depend on available space.
- If someone in your home has mobility issues, a walk in shower offers accessablity.
- If you are planning a corner shower, neo angle shower enclosures are a trendy alternative, which save space and look great!
- Sliding glass doors save space compared to swinging glass doors
Increased Home Value
Bathroom updates are known for having the highest return on investment when considering a home’s resale value. According to a study from improvenet.com, bathroom remodeling projects can yield a 60% return on investment. A few extra additions to your shower that increase ROI are added shower seating and high-end bathroom fixtures.
For more information on how new glass shower doors impact on the value of your home, read our blog, "Increase Your Home's Value with Glass Shower Doors."
Glass Replacement in Austin
Whether you are replacing your old tub with a new glass shower enclosure, or are completing your master bathroom remodel and need the perfect glass shower doors, Arrow Glass & Mirror of Austin, TX is here to help. Our expert glaziers will professionally install the glass of your dreams! Call us at (512) 339-4888 for your consultation, and see how Arrow Glass & Mirror hits the mark!
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