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Glass Shower Doors 101: How to Choose the Best Clear Shower Door

Clear Shower Door

When you imagine a stylish shower or bathtub, you probably don’t imagine a plastic shower curtain. Instead, you may envision a shiny, clear shower door!

Are you interested in clear or glass shower door designs, but don’t know what you should be looking for?

Whether you’re remodeling or just want a slight change of pace, a clear shower door could be the perfect addition to your bathroom.

Keep reading to learn about the benefits of this type of shower door and how you can find the perfect design for your home.

Benefits of Having a Clear Shower Door

It can be argued that some of the best shower doors are the pretty ones, but that isn’t the main reason you should consider getting a clear shower door.

A big benefit of shower doors is that they will get rid of that annoying cool draft that can sometimes occur with shower curtains.

Furthermore, a glass shower door with a clear finish will make it look like your bathroom is larger than it really is. You’ll be able to see more light while you’re in the shower as well, making it feel more comfortable and safer.

Glass shower doors will help you get a better view of that beautiful shower tile you chose and they may even increase the value of your home overall.

Choosing to install glass shower doors is a big step, but it can really improve the look of your bathroom and make it look more modern. If you’re planning to sell the home or just want an upgraded look for yourself, a clear shower door could be the way to go.

Tips to Find the Best Option for You

Now that you’re convinced that a clear shower door is right for you, it’s time to figure out how you can choose one that works for your bathroom setup.

The first thing you have to do is find a high-quality service provider for installation. You want a company that does the job right the first time and uses the best materials available.

Don’t settle for second best! Your shower deserves the five-star treatment.

The next thing you need to do is figure out what type of look you’re going for. A good service provider will be able to help you figure out how to achieve the overall design goal.

You may already have a style in mind or you may need some help coming up with inspiration. The good news is that glass shower doors fit into almost any bathroom design.

Should You Go With a Textured Look?

There are a few pros and cons that have to be considered if you are considering a textured door instead of a clear door.

The pros of textured glass are that you will have extra privacy in your bathroom while still getting the glass look and you won’t be able to see water spots as easily when they dry. The cons of this choice would be that it may make the bathroom look a little smaller since it closes of sightlines and its not as trendy.

Overall, textured glass shower doors can be a good option if you aren’t so concerned with the sleek, glamorous look and just want something more practical.

Choosing a clear shower door has its own pros and cons as well. It gives you less privacy and shows water spots easily, but it will brighten the space and make your bathroom look bigger.

The decision may depend on how many people you have in your household that will use the shower and how much time you have to keep it clean.

Framed, Semi-Framed, or Frameless

Framed shower doors are not quite as eye-catching, but they can still be very trendy and functional thanks to the frame adding additional support. Choosing a frame color that goes along with the rest of the bathroom will help it become more of an accent than an eyesore.

A semi-framed shower door is a good option if you like how contemporary frameless doors look but don’t have the budget or the layout to match.

A frameless shower door is a popular option because it uses a very sturdy tempered glass that doesn’t need the extra support a frame could provide. It gives a more clean-lined look without visual obstructions, but it is a more expensive option.

Whatever the budget you’re working with is, you’ll be able to find a shower door type that will fit your bathroom’s style if you work with us. We will help you figure out the color and design that would look best!

What If You Have a Custom Shower or Tub?

If your shower or tub is a custom size, you won’t have to worry. We are able to meet your needs with our custom shower enclosures.

These enclosures require an expert hand and precise measurements to get right. Our installers will use lasers to get the exact measurements for each panel so that it is accurate the first time.

You won’t have to worry about having anything less than a watertight seal.

Choosing a Clear Shower Door

A glass shower door can be a great way to enhance the look of your bathroom and make your showers more enjoyable at the same time.

Is it time for an upgrade in your bathroom? If so, we want to help make it happen!

Contact us today to talk about your clear shower door options or set up an appointment! We would love to hear from you.

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Everything You Need to Know About Frameless Shower Glass Installation

Frameless shower glass installation

Have you ever stayed in a hotel or an Air BnB that had a shower that just felt luxurious?

When you think back to it, we’re willing to bet that shower had frameless glass walls and doors.

There’s something about frameless shower glass that feels like the height of elegance. With the right planning, you could have this luxury in your home.

Read on to learn more about shower glass installation and all the factors involved in it.

What Is Frameless Shower Glass?

Most glass showers use metal frames to hold the panes of glass in place.

This glass is relatively thin to keep costs down, so durability can be an issue. The joints of the metal frame can also be a visual obstruction and can provide a space for soap scum and hard water buildup to accumulate.

Frameless shower glass is a style of shower that gives you clean, elegant glass walls.

There’s no metal frame holding the walls in place, and the glass tends to be a bit thicker. This gives your bathroom a more polished luxurious feel, which is exactly what you want in a space designed to pamper you.

Cost

Because frameless shower glass has to be a little thicker in order to support itself without the metal frame, it tends to be a little pricier.

However, in the long run, you may save money on your shower installation if you take proper care of your frameless shower glass. The added durability translates to a longer lifespan, which means you won’t have to replace your shower as often.

In general, a frameless glass shower installation will cost you somewhere around $1,000.

Depending on your area, your vendor, and the specific products you choose, you may pay as little as $550 or as much as $1,300. Your price will also depend on the size of the shower you’re installing.

Custom Options

If you have a standard-size shower, you may be able to get a kit that will fit into your space.

If your shower space isn’t a standard size, you can still get the frameless glass shower of your dreams.

Each piece of glass will be custom-fabricated based on measurements taken of your shower area. You can pick from an array of different glass and hardware options to get the final look you want for your shower.

Types of Doors

One of the things you’ll need to decide on for your installation is what type of door you want.

There are two main categories to choose from: swinging and sliding. Which door style you pick will depend both on the effect you want and on your space.

If you want a truly frameless effect, you may want to go with a swinging door, which swings open on hinges. A sliding door will need at least a barn door-style metal bar running across the top. And while a swinging shower door can swing inwards, fire codes state that it must also be able to swing outwards, so you’ll need space to accommodate the door.

Glass Types

You may think that glass is glass is glass, but with frameless shower glass, that isn’t the case.

The most obvious difference in glass styles is frosted versus clear glass. In general, people prefer clear glass for the modern, open look it gives to a space, but frosted glass does offer slightly more privacy, something you may value if you have small children in the home.

You may also be able to get patterned glass which combines clear and frosted glass in a variety of attractive pattern options.

Cast glass is heavily textured and offers slightly more privacy than clear glass. And if you have a more expansive budget, you can get even get glass that can turn from clear to frosted with the flip of a switch.

Installation Process

When you get ready to get a frameless glass shower installed, the first step in the process will be a consultation with your contractor.

They’ll take a look at your shower area and bring product samples for you to take a look at and decide between. At this meeting, they may also take measurements of your shower area so they can begin manufacturing the needed glass pieces.

After the consultation, there will be a waiting period while your contractor gets your glass cut to size for you.

They’ll order the hardware you want, and when everything is ready, they’ll bring it in for installation. They’ll schedule an appointment with you, install the shower, and answer any remaining questions you may have about things like warranties and maintenance.

How to Clean Them

The beauty of frameless glass showers is the sparkling openness they bring to your space.

If the glass of your shower is smudged with handprints or coated with shower scum, it’s going to ruin the luxurious effect of the shower. You may be able to get a protective coating put on when the glass is installed to cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning it.

Protective coating or no, you still need to set up a routine cleaning schedule for your glass.

Keep a squeegee in your bathroom and use it to dry your shower glass after every shower to prevent hard water buildup or little water spots. Always use an approved glass cleaner and a gentle cloth to clean your glass; harsher means could damage the finish on your glass.

Learn More About Shower Glass Installation

A frameless glass shower can be a beautiful addition to your home.

Knowing what you want going into your shower glass installation will help you pick materials that work well for your style and your budget.

If you’d like to get frameless shower glass installed, get in touch with us at Cut Rate Glass. We are a team of professionals skilled in glass replacement and installation with the lowest prices in Las Vegas.

Contact us today to request a quote on your job.

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Shower Enclosure Info

Shower Enclosure Info

As a homeowner in the market for a new frameless shower enclosure, you have plenty of questions.

May I have a “ballpark” estimate over the phone?
Yes, you may. We would need the dimensions of the shower enclosure. The price would be a rough estimate only and we would need to visit your home for a FREE estimate to provide the actual price. Often, we will measure the shower before the tile work is complete, so you can plan your budget and know what our best offer will be. Final measurements MUST be taken upon completion of tile installation.

What types of hardware are available?
We have three main hardware colors: chrome, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze. Please view our photo gallery for examples of what is available to you.

What is the lead time for the installation?
The lead time is roughly 7-10 business days from the date of order.

Is there any kind of warranty?
We can’t offer a warranty for broken glass for obvious reasons. However, we do have a one-year warranty that covers leaks and any adjustments needed. All showers must be regularly cleaned to ensure the clarity and beauty of your new shower lasts for years and years.

As always, we welcome you to call Marisol, the shower coordinator, at (702)418-9060, Monday-Friday 7:30 am-3:00 pm. She will be able to answer any questions regarding shower enclosure.

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Showers in Depth

Showers in Depth

In this blog, we would like to dive deeper into the world of showers and review some of the most common layouts of a glass shower enclosure. Designing a new bathroom can be a challenging task and the right layout is very important.

There are also a few things to remember when laying out a new shower:
  • Be sure the tile contractor properly frames the wall with 2×4 studs where the door can be attached to. This will ensure that the door can be properly attached to the wall. We do not do any type of framing or any tile work. We do have companies that we can refer you to who are licensed, bonded and insured just like us. It is very important to always use a company with a Nevada State Contractors license. If you have any questions about who is licensed and who is not, refer to the website www.nvcontractorsboard.com.
  • When possible, it is always best to hinge off a wall and not off the glass. While we do install glass to glass hinges on shower doors, they run into size limitations and additional costs.
  • We use only the highest quality, heavy-duty hinges for all our showers, but there are still size restrictions due to the weight. The door cannot be more than 36 inches wide. So, when designing the layout keep that in mind.
  • Glass comes in many thicknesses for our frameless showers. We offer 3/8 and 1/2-inch-thick glass. The most common is 3/8. Do not be fooled by a thinner, cheaper glass.

When our technicians go out to your home to measure for a shower enclosure, they make sure they measure all the walls including out of square walls properly so the shower glass fits in perfect with no problems. Using a level and a laser projector that shoots a straight red line that helps our technicians to see which walls are out of square and where to measure.

To learn more about Shower Enclosures call us at 702.292.9977