A new custom shower glass door is something you are most likely considering if you’re remodeling or building a bathroom.
While shower liners may cut your line of sight, a glass enclosure allows you to see through the shower space – creating a more significant visual space.
Glass shower doors provide an tasteful solution for a sealed shower experience, privacy in use and easy access to the area.
But, not all shower doors are the same. They differ by the construction, size, and configuration of your bathroom.
Let’s read on how to select what type of shower door works best for you.
Different Types of Showers
Showers typically fall under the following three categories:
- Bathtub showers
- Stand-alone showers
- Corner-design showers
The type of glass shower door depends on the space around your shower area, the size of the opening, and how far you want to open the door.
Know the Standard Shower Sizes
When thinking of a new bathroom, it is a good idea to account for your overall room size and see if a standard shower size will fit your needs.
While maximum shower sizes are not mandated, minimums are. The Texas Building Code states that shower compartments can’t be built less than 900 square inches (0.58 m2) in an interior cross-sectional area.
Also, shower compartments can’t be less than 30 inches (762 mm) in the least dimension as measured from the finished interior size of the compartment. However, some exceptions may apply as directed by the municipal, and your contractor will be the best person to guide you on the same.
An excellent general reference, however, when you’re planning your shower area is to stretch your arms and move around in a circle and gauge the shower space that you’ll need.
Here’s a list of the most typical shower sizes:
- 32″ x 32″
- 34″ x 34″
- 36″ x 36″
- 42′ x 36″
- 48″ x 36″
- 48″ x 48″
- 60″ x 36″
From here you can determine the shower door size specifications you’ll require. In case you want an even bigger size, you can always get a custom shower glass door to suit your exact needs.
Dimensions and Measurement
Accurately measuring your space is essential in ensuring a proper fit for your shower door.
Pro Tip: Always measure twice for accuracy.
The glass shower door you select is largely based on the height and width of your shower’s opening area. If the bathroom is new, it is a good idea to wait until the construction is complete or at least until the shower walls are up. The material used on the wall such as acrylic, fiberglass, or tile reduces the wall-to-wall coverage and takes off several inches on each side.
For example, the typical width of a single shower door ranges between 22” – 36” due to its weight limits. Anything larger than this width divides into a door and a pane adjacent to it. This division may then modify the configuration of your shower door.
Similarly, the height of the glass can range between the minimum size of your opening to a maximum of 96 inches. However, it is also closely related to the overall weight of the glass type you choose to install.
Our team at Euro Glass can help you with accurate measurement and installation. As seasoned glaziers, we work with installing, repairing or replacing glass in commercial, industrial or residential buildings all the time.
Pro Tip: Determine the opening width and opening heights for different types of doors that may be compatible with your shower area.
Some common glass types include:
- Clear Glass
- Acid Etched or Sandblasted Glass
- Rain Glass
- Bronze Glass
- Gray Glass
Based on the glass type you choose, you can select its glass thickness.
The standard panels come in four sizes – ¼ inch, ½ inch, 5/16 inch, and 3/8 inch.
The thicker your panel, the less support and framing it will need. That’s why you might notice thicker panels on frameless doors and thinner panels on framed shower doors.
When choosing designs, you can pick a clear glass type for an open and modern look. On the contrary, frosted sandblasted glass designs work well for more privacy.
Lastly, check between tempered and laminated customer shower glass doors, depending on your needs.
Euro Glass – Your Trusted Custom Shower Glass Partner
Looking for custom glass shower doors? At Euro Glass, our professionals have the expertise to help you with the right size, design and coating for the best results. Call us at 713-885-5549 for a free quote today!
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