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5 Factors to Consider Before Installing a Glass Shower Enclosure

United Plate Glass | Sep 26, 2023 | Blog
5 Factors to Consider Before Installing a Glass Shower Enclosure

Is installing a glass shower enclosure in your home a DIY job? Definitely not, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a lot of factors to consider before hiring an installation team. Glass shower enclosures are a popular choice to add a touch of elegance and improved functionality to a home bathroom. Before you set out on this renovation journey, here are the key factors you need to consider to ensure a successful and satisfying glass shower enclosure installation. 


Setting a budget is the first step in any home improvement project, and installing a glass shower enclosure is no different. Determine how much you are willing to invest in your bathroom renovation and allocate a portion specifically to the shower enclosure. Remember to consider not only the cost of the enclosure itself but also any additional expenses related to installation, such as plumbing modifications and tile work. If you’re not sure where to start, one of our expert installation pros can help you get an idea of material and labor costs based on your design preferences. 

Space Limitations

Measure the available space in your bathroom before choosing a glass shower enclosure. This includes the dimensions of the area where the enclosure will be installed and any obstructions or limitations that may affect the size and shape of the enclosure. Do you have a particularly sharp corner or narrow hallway leading into the bathroom? That may factor into the size of the glass panes that can be installed. Keep in mind that certain enclosure styles, such as corner units or neo-angle enclosures, are designed specifically for tighter spaces and may be more suitable for smaller bathrooms.

Overall Aesthetic

Consider the overall look you want to achieve in the bathroom. Glass shower enclosures come in various styles, such as frameless, semi-frameless, or framed, and each offers a unique look and feel. Consider the existing design elements in your bathroom and choose an enclosure style that complements the overall aesthetic of the room. If it’s a total tear-out renovation, you have complete freedom in design. But if you’re working within an existing bathroom that won’t be completely renovated, pay attention to details like hardware finishes, glass transparency levels, and pattern glass options to ensure they align with your desired finished look.

Choosing the Right Type of Glass

Selecting the right type of glass for your shower enclosure is crucial. There are various options available, such as clear glass, frosted glass, or textured glass, each offering different levels of privacy and visual appeal. Clear glass provides a modern and open look, while frosted or textured glass offers a bit of privacy. If you’re unfamiliar with the different types of glass currently available, our team can help you understand the characteristics and benefits of each type of glass and determine which one best suits your preferences and needs.

Glass Coatings for Protection and Maintenance

Finally, consider investing in glass coatings to enhance the durability and long term ease of maintenance of your glass shower enclosure. There are several glass coating solutions available, including ClearShield, which provides a protective barrier against water stains, soap residue, and mineral deposits. These coatings make the glass easier to clean and maintain over time. We recommend ClearShield to protect your glass and your investment, and we can show you different options to choose from. 

Before installing a glass shower enclosure, it’s essential to consider these factors before starting the project. By taking these considerations into account and working with a professional installation crew, you can ensure that your glass shower enclosure not only meets structural and functional needs but it also enhances the beauty and value of your bathroom. Schedule a consultation with our team, and let’s get started on your glass shower renovation! 

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