When the glass was first introduced in the bathroom, the shower curtains became a thing of the past and glass bricks were considered dated. Nowadays, bathroom remodelers use glass in nearly every project. Apart from the window, glass has not many roles to play in the bathroom. Their dominant role is as a shower door and partition. In some rare cases, bathroom designers mount glass panels to act as partitions only and separate sections in the room.
Glass shower doors became dominant when showers became the dominant feature in the bathroom. In average-size and even more, small bathrooms, tubs became a burden due to their size. Often, bathroom renovations involved just the removal of tubs and the installation of showers for space saving. And so, the need to protect the bathroom floor and all objects from the running water increased. Soon, curtains became a thing of the past. A glass door became a more permanent feature, a sleek solution, the best way to shower without trying to avoid the moldy curtain and without standing in the dark trying to figure out if what you grabbed is the shampoo or the conditioner.
Now that walk-in showers are embraced by nearly everyone, glass is a must-get material in nearly all bathroom remodeling projects.
The advantages of glass shower doors?
· Thanks to its transparency, glass allows you to have a view, whether you stand in or out of the shower.
· The glass transparency makes bathrooms look bigger since the eye is not obstructed.
· Glass can be frameless or it can be combined with black and metal elements, multiplying the number of shower designs.
· Since not all showers are the same, glass comes out in various shapes to meet all needs – rectangular, square, oval showers. You can have one fixed glass panel, a sliding glass door, a swing door, a double swing door – anything that fits.
· Glass shower doors can be matched with all materials – concrete, tiles, marble, mosaic, porcelain, et cetera.
· You can choose among glass obscurities. Although clear glass is the dominant option, you also have the choice of milk glass, frosted glass, textured glass, and lacquered glass.
The considerations of having glass in the bathroom?
· Safety was one of the first reasons why people avoided glass in the bathroom. It’s important to say that glass is tempered and thus, safe – at least, that’s the norm. It’s vital to check the thickness of the glass door before you buy too. When the glass is safe and thick, you shouldn’t worry.
· Privacy was another consideration, which is also solved since the glass obscurity choices are plenty – as we’ve seen above. If you don’t like to be seen when you shower, you can always go for textured or frosted glass without losing the light.
· Although there are choices for those who need sliding and swing glass doors, they may be some slight opening sections at the bottom that will let some water splashes out of the shower. See if you can avoid those when you speak with your bathroom contractor.
· Glass doors, which swing outwards, are great if there’s sufficient bathroom space but the water splashes that have landed on the door while you were showering are now found on the floor.
Water stains are hard to remove. Even with nanotechnology used to repel water stains, there’ll be stains. To battle water stains, you need to clean glass every time you shower. This is tiring and certainly a good reason why one would think twice before they invest in a glass shower door. To the glass door’s defense, the advantages are so great that it’s worth using a shower squeegee. Alternatively, you can wash and dry the glass door every few days – use a sponge with dish liquid for better results.