Thick glass shower door is the solution often used in contemporary bathrooms. A fair amount of space is necessary to open the shower door out from the inside. Safety laws require this, it is illegal to install a shower door lacking this requirement.We usually recommend the elegant 3/8″ thickness in clear glass, since it invariably create a feeling of larger space. This makes a huge difference even in extremely spacious bathrooms. The 3/8″ glass shower door is more economical. By just looking, the difference from the more expensive 1/2″ -thicker- glass is almost impossible to tell for a layperson.
The bath tub enclosures used to be bypass types in the past, almost without exception. It is from just the turn of the century we got requests for swinging glass shower door of 3/8″ and 1/2″ thick on the tubs. The main advantage of this installation is the better accessibility of the tub. We think this shower door looks better. It is more elegant and of course more contemporary.This side panel was installed with “U” channels to gain solid lateral support.
Shower door on a tub
There are sometimes special requests or special circumstances. On this bathtub we installed 3/8 swinging glass shower door to cover the opening between the walls on the two sides of the tub. Both doors do swing in as well as they swing out. This way affords plenty space to get into the tub, or to do something in it from the outside, pl. bathing a child or soak something in the tub because it is this way totally unobstructed. A shower door must swing from closed position toward outside for obvious safety reasons. If a shower door swings only in, but not out, it can’t pass inspection. Such installation is against the law.
Shower door on both side
In this an elaborate and beautiful bathroom. Large, with extra space to fill. Here we used 1/2″ thick stationary glass shower door on both sides of the tub fastened on the walls all the way to the ceiling. These glass panels therefore became really solid to support the 1/2″ thick heavy shower door we hinged on each of them to enclose this shower area. Notice how the clear glass is showing the well selected and exceedingly beautiful tile work. The owner of this great four bathroom home used to be a general building contractor and obviously does have a feel for superb design also.
Irregular shower door
Irregular corners are a bit more challenging. Some angels are called “non standard” angles on a shower pan. In such cases special angel bevel is needed on the glass to make parallel gap between the panels. Universal “floating” angel hardware is usually necessary. Careful exact measurements are necessary on a well thought out “center line”. The proper measurement is the key to do the shower door job perfectly the first time. Redoing special shower door glass and hardware are extremely expensive, not to mention the avoidable unnecessary returns to the job site.
Special shower door system
Here is an other real special request we met. This is a shower enclosure we installed along a straight wall with a special custom made shower pan and shower door to the shower pan from two sides. The bottom of the shower glass panels are glued into “U” channels. 135 degree metal clamps are holding the top points securely together. We always use this clamps for top corners even is the panels are silicon- ed together all along the sides. This system is very large and the two shower door to it makes it uniquely convenient to use. As in all installations safety must be the first and most important consideration, overriding all else.
Rain glass shower door
This is an obscure glass shower door. Rain glass is the pattern name. It is a perfect, really pretty alternative to other obscure glass shower door choices of the past, the previously often used simple p-516 and similar simple patterns. This design creates the feeling of water running down on the glass. This shower door has a 6″ “U” shaped handle and a towel-bar fastened to the stationary panel. We often voting against towel-bars on the shower door glass, because when towels hanged on it, some of the aesthetic value is being taken away from the look of the shower door glass. This design consideration is just as important here, even as the obscure rain-glass pattern used.
An other popular obscured glass option is the sand-blasted shower door. To sandblast the panels is a specially custom procedure involving into the manufacturing an other company doing it, the transportation there and back. It is an expensive shower door solution. An other way to have a similar look is using “padua” or “matlux” glass, created to imitate the good old sand-blast look. This glass cost less. The appearance is almost the same, it is really difficult to tell the difference. This is the real sand-blasted shower door glass here, with clamps matching the location of the hinges on 1/2″ glass. This is a contemporary way to create privacy behind the shower door.