Five reasons why a frameless glass shower trumps a standard shower curtain:
- Easier to Clean– Shower doors are constructed with a protective coating, which not only keeps them looking new longer but also makes them far easier to clean that shower curtains. In fact, cleaning them is as simple as employing some elbow grease, some glass cleaner, and a squeegee. Conversely, a shower curtain would have to be removed from the shower rail and laundered, before being refastened to the shower rail.
- No water leaks– Unlike a standard shower curtain, the doors on a glass-enclosed shower, whether fixed or sliding, provides a superior barrier that prevents water from making its way on to your tiled floor or, if in close proximity, your vanity.
- Lower long-term costs– Arguably, the initial cost of installing a glass-enclosed shower is substantially greater than the cost of purchasing a shower curtain; however, the long-term cost is much lower. A frameless glass shower is made from durable laminated and tempered glass, ensuring that they will last a very long time. A standard shower curtain, on the other hand, is subject to tearing and can accumulate scum and stains and will have to occasionally be replaced.
- Enhanced aesthetics– Because glass-enclosed showers are transparent, they are a great way to show off your fancy fixtures and accent tiles that may otherwise be hidden with a standard shower curtain. Additionally, they provide a polished look that greatly improves the overall aesthetics of your bathroom.
- Adds dimension– like mirrors, a glass-enclosed shower creates an illusion, suggesting that the bathroom is much larger than it actually is. A shower curtain, however, does the opposite as it breaks up the bathroom’s coherence, making it appear much smaller.
As with any home improvement project, you should invest some time in researching what is right for you and your family; additionally, you want to make sure that you choose an option that meets your needs for privacy and works with your budget. Lastly, although a glass-enclosed shower provides a bevy of advantages over a standard shower curtain, if something goes wrong, this would hardly be a “do it yourself” repair.
So in addition to your initial installation cost, you could conceivably expect to outlay more money for repairs and routine maintenance. On the upside, however, a glass-enclosed shower can significantly increase the value of your home, especially if it is part of a complete bathroom remodel.
Needless to say, a frameless glass enclosed shower can represent a very favorable value proposition. According to an article in Remodeling Magazine, homeowners can expect to recover as much as 66% of their remodeling cost in the resale value of their home. So it stands to reason that a home with a remodeled bathroom, which includes a glass-enclosed shower, could command an even higher percentage of that remodel cost.