Enclosure and Door Glass Options
Shower glass comes in a variety of thicknesses generally ranging from 5/32” to 1/2”. The thicker the glass, the more expensive it is to fabricate and ship. As a rule of thumb, framed shower glass can be thinner due to the structural support of the metal frame. By and large, the thicker glass is considered better, but it is not so simple. 1/2” glass can be very heavy and may require extra support in the wall and hinges. The hinges may not last quite as long due to the greater stress placed on them by the weight of the glass. That being said 1/2” glass is very attractive. Our customers who prioritize high-quality framed glass tend to go with the 1/4” and for semi-framed and frameless, most times they choose the 3/8”.
LOW IRON, CLEAR, OBSCURE, PATTERNED GLASS
If you order clear shower glass, you will get standard glass which has a very slight green tint due to the iron in the materials used to make the glass. If you are looking for super clarity in any glass product you can order low iron glass. This is truly clear glass.
The most popular style at this time is traditional clear glass. Traditional clear is the least expensive option. It also displays the beauty of the tile. There is a variety of obscure and patterned glass available including the popular rain, aquatex, and glue chip patterns. Another option is cast glass for a truly customized shower enclosure. For master baths, you should consider not only the look but how modest each of the spouses are and how modest any prospective buyers of your home might be. (VIEW EXAMPLES.)
Brands and Installers
It has become much easier with the internet to determine who makes a quality product – and more importantly – if the manufacturer stands behind their product. In my prior profession in the heating and cooling industry, I was always amazed that some poorly made products with slick advertising campaigns were viewed as superior. Internet reviews (taken with a grain of salt) are a great equalizer to great marketing campaigns. Many quality manufacturers do have problems. If you can’t find any problems in the search, or if the problems are limited and the manufacturer appears to respond to the problems in a fair manner, then you have found a quality company. This basic rule of thumb should apply to any product that you are interested in buying. One of the tools I use in my searches when I am looking to buy a product is the wording “warranty problems.”
Rest assured that Pioneer Glass contracts with shower enclosure manufacturers that display excellent quality and strong integrity.
SELLERS AND INSTALLERS
At this point, you know pretty much what you want. Now you need to make sure you are dealing with a reputable company to buy the enclosure from and have it installed. The installation is arguably the most important component of the whole procedure. It is vitally important that you have confidence that the installer will return if there are issues. After having talked with the provider and feeling comfortable you should pretty much follow the procedure with manufacturers with one major addition. The Better Business Bureau remains one of, if not the best measure of how a company performs. You can research your company of choice by looking at the BBB’s website. Pioneer Glass has an A+ rating with the BBB, and we’re proud of earning that trust from homeowners.
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What is a Shower Screen?
This is a question that may have more than one answer. In Europe, the word screen is used differently than in the U.S. The Brits do not say “windshield” – they use the word “windscreen.” Originally, a shower screen was a fixed piece of glass protecting the front half to three-quarters of the shower. The back portion or entrance was left open for access without a door. This is still very popular in Europe and in areas such as the mid-east and South America where European design is popular. As time has passed, many people have started to use the term “shower enclosure” and “shower screens” interchangeably.