How Choosing a Shower Door Option Can Change The Look of Your Bathroom
Your bathroom is second only to your kitchen when it comes to adding value to your home. It is one of the elements that homeowners are looking for when considering buying, and what will give you a large return on investment. The modern bathroom must contain a shower space – it has become an essential element when considering the layout of your bathroom. The look of this shower space is very dependent on the finishes – no one wants an outdated or uninviting bathroom space. The type of glass doors you install form part of this. Bathroom doors can be chosen for their appearance, their function or a good combination of the two. When you consider the doors on your shower, look at the following shower door types:
Based on Appearance:
Framed Shower Doors
A framed shower door has a more traditional feel and is a common choice in many bathrooms. This standard glass door option is great for large or heavy glass and is known for its durability and strength. This is especially true in the case of sliding or swinging door applications. The frame is usually made from materials that are easy to maintain in a typically damp environment, such as aluminium.
Frameless Shower Doors
The frameless shower door has become ever-popular for the more modern look and feel. It provides a seamless glass edge which really enhances the general appearance. They are installed with the use of hinges and are sealed with silicone to prevent leaks. The type of hinge you use will determine the finished look of the door, so be sure to match the right one to your bathroom.
Semi-Frameless Shower Doors
Just like the frameless shower door, semi-frameless adds a modern touch to your bathroom. Semi-frameless showers are a specifically crafted system where one vertical edge of the glass is encased in an aluminium bracket. The framed side of the glass rests against the wall, with the frameless side facing outwards. The semi-frameless option offers a highly functional and robust glass option, while still giving you that seamless look that is the best of both worlds.
Based on Function:
Swing Shower Doors
This type of shower door is a very common design, where shower doors swing in and out to form the shower’s opening. It has been used widely in bathroom design and is great for just about any space, however, it’s not recommended in a very small or cramped space.
Sliding Shower Doors
As the name suggests, sliding shower doors functionally slide open and closed as opposed to swinging outwards. This design is perfect for smaller spaces, as the opening does not require additional room.
By far the easiest access into your shower is through a walk-in shower, where the opening area is free from a door entirely. This is where glass is used to separate a large shower space from the rest of the bathroom, without the use of a sealed door. This type of shower usually requires a large amount of space.
You could also incorporate a shower that connects to a bath to include both options in your bathroom without taking up the extra space. In this case, you could incorporate a glass shower door in the form of a bath screen.
Overall, the look and feel of your bathroom is heavily dependent on the larger elements of the room like your shower and bath – the finer details add the finishing touches. Choose a shower door type that matches the look and feel or your bathroom, but also functionally complements the space. For more on glass shower doors, contact us.