Frameless Shower Door Alternatives

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The type of frameless shower curtain, shield, or door you install can make a big difference in the look of your bathroom.

Here are some traditional options and a couple of unusual ideas you may not have considered:

Vinyl Curtains

Vinyl curtains are an inexpensive option. Depending on the design you choose, they can make a conservative, bold, or whimsical statement. Vinyl curtains do have drawbacks though. Many people find them annoying because the shower curtain needs to hang inside the tub to prevent water from escaping. And when the vinyl clings to you it can make you feel claustrophobic.

In addition, vinyl curtains are prone to mold and mildew.

Cloth Curtains

Cloth curtains are the elegant alternative to vinyl curtains. They come in an assortment of fabrics. Some are made to repel water, but others will require a vinyl liner. Because moisture collects in the folds of the fabric they need frequent washing to prevent mildew.

Glass Blocks

Glass blocks can be used for a water barrier wall. Blocks are fairly versatile, you are not limited to a straight lines and sharp angles. A glass block wall can be constructed to curve around the shower. And glass blocks come in a variety of colors. Geometrical patterns can be achieved using different colors.

There are custom made blocks available which, when assembled, create a mural. A popular trend is to have a landscape painted on the block wall, basically replicating the view from a large panel window.

The mural can be full color, or for elegant simplicity the image can be etched in the glass for a frosted white design. Nature-inspired designs, such as plants and trees work particularly well for this frosted white on clear glass look.

Glass blocks are best suited for a fairly spacious bathroom, since the blocks themselves are chunky which makes for a thicker wall than a frameless shower door. In addition, you will need more square footage to hold the stall itself, since a shower that is not fully enclosed requires a deep stall to prevent the water from spraying all over the bathroom floor.

Tub Shield

These are common in Europe and are becoming popular in the U.S. These are perfect for walk-in showers which do not require walls on all sides. The shield or panel of glass is affixed to the tub to prevent water from splashing on to the floor.

Folding Shower Screen

Glass folding screens make for innovative frameless shower doors. They are a compromise between shower curtains and glass doors. Though they are quite common in some European countries, these doors haven’t caught on in a big way here yet, so availability may be limited. These doors have approximately 4 to 8 panels of safety glass framed in a variety of finishes such as stainless steel, chrome, or aluminum. When the door is not in use it can be folded back so that it fits snug against the wall. Unfortunately, because of the constant folding and unfolding the seals between the panels can break down causing leaks.

Frameless Shower Doors

We’re probably biased because we specialize in frameless glass shower enclosures, but we think that a sleek, frameless shower door with its minimal hardware can’t be beat for a modern, sleek look. But don’t take our word for it, visit our Dallas showroom and see for yourself.

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