Custom Glass Shower Doors Florence – Choosing The Right One For You
Shower doors in Florence come in several different designs, not to mention finishes. Choosing the right one may seem like a choice best made by random selection. However, this article will give you a few pointers to help you choose the right shower door.
Choice #1: Framed or frameless?
Shower doors come with or without metal frames. Those without metal frames are made of thick glass, and do not need a frame for support. Framed shower doors, on the other hand, are made from thinner glass that requires the extra support of a metal frame, which is especially common in Florence.
Frameless shower doors have several distinct advantages over framed shower doors. First of all, the lack of a metal frame means there are fewer places to catch water and / or to grow mold, mildew, etc. Secondly, frameless shower doors have a sleek, refined visual appeal that framed doors don’t have.
Choice #2: Bi-fold, pivot, or sliding?
Shower doors are also available with different methods of opening and shutting them.
Sliding doors are probably the most common design. They are design for half of the door to slide behind the other half to open. The disadvantage to this design is that it doesn’t work well with shower stalls, due to the width it requires.
Pivoting shower doors open just like a standard door does. The disadvantage to this style is obvious – it requires enough space in the room to swing open.
Bi Fold shower doors are somewhat of a compromise between the first two designs. They don’t require width, nor do they require a lot of space in the room to open up into.
Choice #3: Finish
If you choose a framed shower door, you’ll have to choose a finish for the metal, too. Most of the time for Florence homes, you’ll want to choose a finish that matches the finish of your other bathroom fixtures.
If you're like most people, you'll be very familiar with a 'standard' shower enclosure or door. One made of glass and framed with metal, that is. The glass used in these doors is traditionally quite thin and therefore inexpensive. However, the glass needs the metal frame in order to support and strengthen it enough for it to fulfill its' purpose.
There is now another option, which is becoming increasingly popular. It is the frameless glass shower door.
This is made out of thicker, tempered (i.e. strengthened) glass. This means that no metal is needed to strengthen and support the door, only to secure the panels to your wall or shower unit.
As the door is made of thicker glass, it will last 3 or 4 times as long as the traditional design. Naturally, this is a huge benefit as it's uncommon for people to replace their bathrooms frequently.
Another clear (no pun intended...) benefit is the look. A frameless glass shower door gives a much cleaner, more streamlined, modern, minimalist look to your bath or shower room.
Benefit number 3 is added value to your home. We all know that the 2 rooms which sell a house are the kitchen and the bathroom.
Have you ever got into your shower and looked at all the dirt and grime that the frame is harboring? I know I have...and there then followed a cleaning frenzy! A frameless glass shower door has next to nowhere for dirt and grime to lurk in, making keeping them clean and hygienic much easier. After all, who wants to spend time cleaning the shower? Serious benefit!
The glass comes in different finishes -clear, frosted, patterned etc. While the same can be said of doors with frames, the beauty of a frameless glass shower door is more obvious as is your choice of the finish or pattern of the glass.
All in all, there are a number of significant benefits to considering a frameless glass shower door the next time you upgrade you bathroom.
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