Great Home Project: Say Goodbye to the Shower Curtain
It’s a good project for you if: You are remodeling your bathroom or want to replace your tub-shower curtain or door. It’s also for people who would like to make their bathroom look visually larger, want to show off the tile in their shower or are tired of having a shower curtain, says Michael Guttilla, president of Guttilla Contracting in New York.
In the past 15 years, Guttilla says more and more glass door and screen options have come on the market. The selection makes it possible to find almost any solution for your tub-shower combo. When looking at glass options for keeping the water inside your tub-shower, you will find everything from stationary panels that extend partway across the side of the tub to frameless glass enclosures that extend all the way across the tub.
A glass screen is a great option in small bathrooms because it takes up less space physically and visually since less glass and hardware are needed.
In this bathroom, Jaci Springfield, designer and owner of Springfield Design, used a glass panel with a door that swings out because it fit the room’s contemporary feel and makes the tile in the shower a focal point. The swinging door allows better access to the water controls.
Shower wall tile: BDG; niche tile: Vihara Jura, Stones Unlimited; tub: Kohler
Glass thickness. The thicker the glass, the more durable your door or screen will be. “A thinner door is going to have more flex in it,” Guttilla says. If you are worried about it breaking, Guttilla says that most glass doors and screens are made with tempered glass so that you won’t have tiny shards in the bathroom if the glass does crack or break.
Glass height. The top of the glass should go up at least to the top of the shower head.
Hardware style. A glass screen or frameless glass door requires little hardware compared with a sliding or framed glass door. Clients often opt to use the same hardware finish as the shower head and tub faucet.
However, if you live in a region with a high concentration of minerals in the water, the glass requires constant wiping down after each shower (such as with a squeegee after every use). “Some people find this cumbersome to maintain,” she says.
Springfield agrees. “A squeegee in the shower is a must,” she says. “They need to be spotless to look their best.”
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