Shower Doors are an essential part of many bathrooms. No longer are your glass options clear or clear; now you can choose from a variety of glass types. If you are planning to purchase a frameless shower door for your home, it’s a good idea to understand the types of glass that are available to you. Clear glass is by far the most widely used glass choice. By selecting just the right materials for your glass installation, you can ensure that your doors provide you with both beauty and functionality.
Clear Glass doors are made of glass that is much like the glass used for windows except that it is thicker (3/8” or ½”). Depending on the manufacturing process, clear glass will have a greenish tint which is standard to the industry and is largely due to the iron content in the glass. This normal green tint can change how your shower tile looks and is most noticeable when looking at the glass piece from the edge; the thicker the glass gets, the darker the hue grows.
Low Iron Clear Glass – If you are shopping for a glass solution that will provide you with excellent visibility & clarity, you may want to choose low iron glass. Low iron glass is a different type of glass that allows more light than traditional glass to pass through it. With low iron glass your shower doors will be more optically clear, more colorless & more transparent giving you greater clarity. The difference may be subtle, but low iron glass creates a brighter, more visually pleasing edge that brings more light into your space.
Frosted or Patterned Glass – When you are seeking additional privacy, you may want to consider using frosted or textured glass. Frosted glass can be obtained by sandblasting the outside of the glass panel to create a fine texture. Frosting can also be obtained by a chemical process called acid etching. Textured glass adds a visual interest while making it more obscure so that it provides privacy. There are a multitude of textured glass options available today; too many to name. With so many choices, the shower door you decide on is anything but clear.