Glass showers: Choosing your glass

September 20, 2022
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The Benefits of Custom Glass Showers – Your Glass Options

Being clean and sanitary is more important than ever. Shower curtains are a breeding ground for bacteria. A study conducted by Safe Home in 2021 showed that an average shower curtain has 60 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Glass shower enclosures, glass shower walls, and glass shower doors make cleaning a breeze; spray, squeegee, done. It’s simple, effective, and most importantly, clean and bacteria-free. 

Just because it’s easy to clean and more sanitary doesn’t mean it needs to be boring though. Custom glass showers are an excellent way to add personality to your bathroom and give it that luxurious, modern feel. There are a lot of options to cover when getting a custom glass shower including glass, hardware, and style. In this blog, we’re going to focus on glass options.

Clear Glass Shower

Clear glass shower doors, enclosures, panels, or walls are transparent. Although there will be a minor coloration to the glass, many people don’t notice. Clear glass is a great choice that works well with all decor styles. They also create a timeless look. It’s the most popular choice for glass due to its sleek, simple appearance. 

There are many benefits to having a clear glass. If you have decorative tile or stones in your shower, clear glass shower doors are an ideal way to show it off. Whether it’s on the shower floor or wall, you and your guests will be able to admire your design choices. It’s also a great addition to a smaller bathroom. The transparent glass allows light to pass through, brightening up the entire space and giving the illusion of a bigger room.

The only downside to a clear shower is the extra effort required to maintain a spot-free design. However, Kryger Glass offers a solution for this issue with a protective coating called ShowerGuard. It’s highly resilient to dirt, soap, and hard water buildup. It permanently fuses your glass and cuts down on the cleaning time. 

Low-Iron Glass Shower

If you are one of the people who notices the tinted coloration in a clear glass shower, then low-iron glass may be the perfect option for you. The green tint, especially on the edges, is due to iron in the glass. Standard clear glass allows 83% of light to pass through it. Low-iron has almost none of the metal in it and allows 91% of light through. This keeps it looking more transparent without the green tint. It also adds clarity to your bathroom and elevates the other colors in your space.

The downside of using low-iron glass is that it is a more expensive option due to the process involved in producing the glass. Also, due to its clear transparency, smudges and water spots are even more noticeable. To clean the glass, use warm water and a soft, damp cloth. To eliminate hard water stains, create a solution that is 50/50 water and white vinegar and use a soft, damp cloth. After cleaning with the solution, rinse with water. 

Patterned Glass Shower

If you’re looking for something different and uniquely “you,” this is the way to go. There are various styles of patterned glass available. Here are a few:

  • Frosted Glass Shower Doors – This type of glass shower offers more privacy. One side is etched with acid or sandblasting to prevent light from passing through. The other side remains smooth so you’re still able to easily clean the surface. Another perk is that frosted glass keeps fingerprints and smudges from standing out. However, be aware that cleaning frosted glass can be a little more complicated and it can make your bathroom appear smaller.
  • Opaque Glass Shower Enclosure – Opaque glass is a great way to make a shower feel cozy in a large bathroom. The glass is coated, making it impossible to see clearly through it. This is ideal for a multi-person home to ensure privacy.
  • Glass Shower Patterns, Etchings, and Grids – This is a great way to match your shower to your bathroom decor. You can completely customize the pattern and etchings to make your glass shower completely unique. You can choose something simple like a geometrical shape, or more complex like raindrops or grass. Patterned glass showers will have varying opacities, depending on the design. A design consultant will be able to help you choose the best pattern for the amount of light and privacy you want.

The downside of using any kind of patterned or coated glass is that getting it clean could be a little more complicated. Also, due to the fact that it isn’t as transparent and doesn’t let as much light shine through, it can make your bathroom appear smaller. If you find yourself debating on all the options and how to choose your glass shower doors, it’s important to ask a glass expert like the professionals at Kryger Glass.  

Installing Shower Glass: Contact the Experts at Kryger Glass

No matter which glass choice you select, you need someone you can trust to install it right. At Kryger Glass, we’re more than just a glass business. We’re family-started, family-run, and family-oriented. We value you. Our Kryger design specialists will help you choose the best custom glass shower for your style and space. Our experienced glaziers and technicians provide expert installation and excellent customer service to ensure you’re happy with the finished product. Visit us online or give us a call for a free customized quote today.

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