No, not all glass is created equal. So, when you decide to upgrade your bathroom and install glass around your shower, you’ve got some more decisions to make. One of them involves the type of glass you’d like. In a nutshell, you have four options for your bathroom shower: clear glass, frosted and opaque glass, tinted glass, and textured glass. So, let’s take a look at each of these and focus on the appearance and the appeal for each.
It’s just the right glass for those who want to be able to see clearly who’s taking the shower and who’s not. Clear glass gives a crisp, clean look. The glass used has a slight green tint to it that is hard to notice. This choice makes the shower look larger since you can see right through to the outside wall. The light from an overhead or a window adds brightness to the bathroom. This classic selection of glass has global appeal. That’s right – clear glass is the most popular choice for showers around the world, even though it is a bit challenging to keep it spot-free.
Frosted and Opaque Glass
Maybe you’d rather have more privacy. After all, most folks take showers in the buff. Frosted glass provides that. This type of glass is etched by manufacturers with sandblasting or acid on only one side, giving it that translucent quality. When you’ve got a large bathroom, an opaque door gives one the sense that your shower is another room tucked away, cozy and sauna-like. Cleaning the smooth surface is easy-peasy, and the frosted side doesn’t display fingerprints and smudges like clear glass does. Excellent choice for some privacy, but cleaning the frosted side can be challenging since the surface is not flat and even.
Now here’s where you can make some cool color choices. Glass can be tinted with a number of hues. Let’s say your bathroom theme is oceanic, decorated with beach scenes and underwater views of sea turtles and colorful fish. Your shower glass can be tinted blue. Tints can range from light to dark with green, blue, black, brown, or gray hues. Darker tints provide more privacy, but they also block some of the light. One drawback, though, is if you decide to change your bathroom’s theme, the tint may not be the right match.
Here’s another way to spruce up your shower. Add glass that has a pattern to it, like raindrops or bubbles or other geometric shapes. Or perhaps you’d like the swirls of clear and opaque glass shown in the photograph above. The design will influence the opacity of your glass, so it depends on how much light and privacy you’d like to have. Some glass will have the design on just one side, so that’s another choice you can make.
Speaking of Choices . . .
We’d be glad to show you our selection of glass shower doors, so that you can see for yourself that not all glass is the same. Call Glassworks of Tucson now at (520) 721-7893, and we’ll schedule an appointment for you. Or, you can visit our showroom to find out more. Once you’ve decided upon the appearance and the appeal for the glass for your shower, we will be well on our way to transforming your bathroom.