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Glass Matters: Choosing The Right Shower Doors For Your New Bathroom

by Ryan Wright

When you're remodeling your bathroom and installing frameless shower doors, keep in mind that this style of shower draws the focus to the shower doors. That means choosing glass for your shower doors that's worthy of the attention. Luckily, there are many different types of shower glass that you can choose from, each with its own unique features. Here's a look at some of the most popular choices to help you narrow things down.

Traditional Clear Glass

If you want to stick with a traditional shower look, clear shower glass is the way to go. Not only does this type of glass permit maximum light transmission into the shower, but it's easy to keep clean. If you want to create a bright, open feel to your bathroom, clear shower glass may be the best choice. It does require a bit more maintenance and attention, though. Clear glass will show water spots and soap scum easily, so you'll want to clean it daily.

Privacy Glass Options

In contrast to the open feel of clear shower glass, you may find that you prefer the mystery and elegance of privacy glass for your shower. Bronze shower glass is a dark tint that inhibits visibility into the shower. The dark hue makes it an attractive option, particularly if you're going for a more upscale bathroom design. This glass can reduce the light flowing into the shower, though, so you'd need a bright overhead fixture.

If bronze glass is darker than you like, you can still enjoy privacy by selecting grey door panels instead. The grey glass is tinted with a silver-based tint that creates a grey finish. It permits some light transmission, which can help improve the lighting in the shower, but it doesn't sacrifice the privacy.

Rain Glass

Rain glass is an increasingly popular choice for shower glass in households with children. The outer surface of the glass has a rain-like finish, but the inside is finished smooth, making it easy to keep clean. If you have young kids, this type of shower door is a great alternative to traditional glass, because it doesn't show fingerprints and smudges like clear glass will. Rain glass also contributes some privacy benefit, as the finish on the outside of the glass makes it hard to see clearly into the shower.

With so many options, it can be overwhelming to choose the shower glass that's the best fit for your bathroom. Consider the choices here to decide which features are most important for your bathroom design, or talk with a glass specialist, such as Allstate Glass, for a recommendation.