8 Best Shower Doors and Tub Glass Options on Fiberglass & AcrylicEnclosures

Planning and budgeting for a bathroom renovation can be frustrating! Especially when you find out that frameless doors can’t be mounted on fiberglass, acrylic shower, or tub.

But don’t worry!

Although frameless shower or tub doors won’t work on fiberglass or acrylic enclosures, there are still options. If you know what to look for, you can still have a crisp, modern look of frameless glass enclosures.

“Why not frameless?”

Unlike tile, premade acrylic or fiberglass enclosures cannot carry the weight of heavy glass hinges or roller bars. The weight must be dispersed over a wider area and requires shower hardware framing or jambs. You can still have stunning shower glass that will please the most discerning consumers.

Options

Here are the available glass door options, starting with the most frameless look.

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HMI Capital Series (Sliding Doors)

The Capital Series is an excellent option with its large rollers and interior frameless glass. The side jambs do the heavy structural lifting and add depth to the appearance of the unit. In lighter hardware colors like chrome and brushed nickel, they are relatively unobtrusive.

Capital Shower Sliding Doors

Capital Series Tub Sliding Doors

HMI Trufit Series

For those that love the look of bold frameless hinges, Trufit doors, and Trufit enclosures is the perfect choice for a modern look.

Frameless look for a shower door.

HMI Uptown Grand

The Uptown Grand has a sleek and crisp appearance without any headrail. This shower enclosure is my favorite for fiberglass/acrylic enclosures and my enthusiasm is shared by many customers. With minimal and understated side pivot style hinges, the very little framework is visible

Sleek Uptown Grand Shower Door

Euro Sliding Shower Doors

The Euro Series sliding shower enclosure is a more traditional type slider with hidden rollers and a rounded headrail on both sides. Unlike earlier models, the Euro is now standard with stronger, improved rollers. It is available with 1/4” glass and can be upgraded to 3/8” glass to match the heavy glass used in frameless sliders.

Euro Slider on Fiberglass

 

Euro Sliding Tub Doors

Classic Series

The Classic Series is a more traditional type of shower enclosure and is available as sliding shower doors or door and panels. While, technically, it is a semi frameless enclosure, the Classic has more metal than most modern shower enclosures. Because the increased metal framing adds structural support, thinner glass can be used and it is generally the least expensive option for shower and tub doors.

HMI Classic “frosted” over tub

HMI Classic Shower Sliding Doors

 

Neo Angle Showers On a Fiberglass Enclosure

Neo angle showers consist of 3 sides of glass and incorporate two walls of your bathroom. The 135 degree angle in the front saves valuable floor space in this corner shower design and can be opened in most cases without hitting a toilet or vanity. The door is usually in the front but can be on any side that works best in your bathroom.

Neo Angle Shower Enclosure over prefab shower

 

Glass Choices

Most of these units come with a defined glass thickness, though in some cases they can be ordered with thicker glass. While most customers prefer clear glass you can also add in-glass printing or pattern glass to your order. In-glass printing allows you to choose any color in any dimension. This option allows privacy but also provides a top view out, resulting in a less enclosed feeling for the person taking the shower.

Privacy Bands

Privacy bands have soared in popularity as design trends have moved towards a crisp, bright look. They cover the discreet part of the body but still allow an “airy” look and feel desired in today’s shower enclosures.

Example of a privacy band.

Privacy Fades

A privacy fade is a very similar product to a band, but at the top it slowly fades away to clear glass.

Privacy fade on a fiberglass shower stall

Frosted and Pattern Glass

While many people have switched to privacy bands there is still some interest in pattern glass, most noticeably in frosted (acid wash).

Frosted (acid wash) door and panel

 

Pattern 62 (sometimes called orange peel) sliding doors

Sliding Shower “Rain” glass doors

Getting Started

A bathroom renovation doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal. Even if you have an acrylic or fiberglass shower or tub, you can still enjoy the sleek beauty of sliding glass doors. With Pioneer Glass, you get the look you want and the help you need. Our specialists have an eye for interior design and the training to seamlessly install any glass door. Contact us to get started.

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