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7 Things You Need to Know Before Building a Walk in Shower

A walk in shower built to complete a spa-like shower enclosure.

Building a walk in shower is quite an undertaking. With research and planning, there’s a lot to get done. 

How do you stay organized and prepared for the renovation? 

Today, you’ll learn the top 7 things you need to know before building a walk in shower. 

1. Keep Budget in Mind 

Before you start work on a walk in shower, make sure that you have a budget in mind for what you’re willing to spend and how much it might cost. You won’t just need to pay for the glass shower doors, but for the glass experts to come and install it, for a custom proposal, you may need to retile your walls, and you might even have to consider plumbing costs if you’re moving your shower. Try and think of all the unknowns that you may not be thinking of right away. Keep in mind that the average cost of a glass shower door is between $1,200-1,800. 

Related: Complete Guide on How to Build a Walk-in Shower from Start to Finish 

2. Consider Your Space 

When you start the process of building a walk in shower, you probably have some grand ideas. But make sure that your ideas are plausible with the space you have. Not all bathrooms can accommodate a corner shower or a sliding glass shower door. 

3. Review Your Options 

Before you build a walk in shower, it’s a good idea to have the style in mind that you want. Do you want a frameless shower door or a framed shower door? Will you have sliding glass shower doors or a swinging shower door? Will you have frosted glass or clear glass? Have an idea of what you want before you call the glass companies. 

A shower enclosure with clear glass shower doors.

4. Think about Accessibility 

Depending on who’s using your shower, you may want to consider accessibility. Is anyone with mobility issues using it? If so, you may want to consider a curbless shower instead of a tub/shower combo. 

Related: 6 Tips to Make Your Shower Enclosure Safe & Accessible 

5. Evaluate Design Options 

When you get a new custom walk in shower, you’ll want to think of other design options. Will you want to match your finishes, like the shower head or the handles on your vanity? Think about the overall design and if you want it to match with your shower door design. 

6. Assess Maintenance Needs 

You do need to regularly clean and maintain your shower enclosure, however, it’s easier than you might think. If you just wipe it down on a consistent basis, then your shower door will look new for years. 

7. Recognize it’s Not a DIY Project 

Installing new glass shower doors or updating your shower enclosure is not a DIY project. Especially if you want a custom design that meets your shower’s specifications. You’ll want to hire and talk to glass experts about the whole process. 

Overall, getting new glass shower doors is a fun process. Just make sure that you’ve done your research and are prepared before you jump into it. 

Do you live in the Dallas, TX area? If so, we would love to help you find the right glass shower door for you! Call us at (214) 821-2886 to get started. 

Alamo Glass and Mirror is a full service residential and commercial glass company. We have an extensive inventory of glass and glass related products. 

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