About a year ago, I could tell that our home project was a little delayed. Our team of contractors had been struggling to work with some of their providers, so I decided to work with another team altogether. It was really frustrating, but I could tell that it was the right call to make. After we made the transition, the new staff got right to work addressing some of the most serious concerns. I wanted to create a blog all about understanding construction delays so that other people could see how difficult it can be to resolve them on your own. Check it out!
When remodeling your bathroom, upgrading your shower to include a glass shower enclosure is a great way to modernize your bathroom's appearance. However, while all glass shower enclosures basically perform the same function, there are a few different types of glass that each have distinctive benefits and drawbacks over one another. Understanding the main different types of glass that are used to construct bathroom shower enclosures can help you choose the one that is best suited to your remodeling project.
As you can expect, the most common type of glass used for shower enclosures is standard clear glass. There are a few main benefits of choosing regular clear glass. Most notably, clear glass will allow the greatest amount of light to flow through it, which can help visually expand the space, making it the ideal choice for smaller bathrooms. Clear glass is also easier to clean, since the surface is completely smooth, and you are able to see which areas are dirty very easily. However, at the same time, the ease with which dirty spots can appear means that you will have to dedicate more time to cleaning a clear glass door than other glass types.
Frosted glass is designed to still let a great deal of light pass through the door, but it offers a slightly more opaque finish that gives anyone in the shower a bit more privacy than is afforded by clear glass. Varying degrees of frosting are available to choose from, allowing you to enjoy more light or more privacy depending on your needs. This makes frosted glass shower enclosures the best choice for larger bathrooms that may be shared by multiple family members at any one time. Frosted glass also has a rougher surface, which can help hide small amounts of soap scum buildup and will not require constant cleaning.
Patterned glass is designed to have specific designs incorporated into the glass through glass etching. This gives patterned glass a near limitless set of design options, from simple stripes or a checkerboard to intricately designed trees and natural shapes. Patterned glass is ideal if you want to make your shower enclosure the centerpiece of your bathroom design through remodeling. However, keep in mind that patterned glass will require constant cleaning and wiping to prevent soap scum and other buildup, since if the glass becomes dirty, the pattern can become obscured.
Work with a local bathroom remodeling company to find the best type of glass for your needs.