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It's not as hard as you might think it is to replace a window. Usually, I prefer to have an experienced glass company take care of it when I need a window replaced, but sometimes, they can't get to me as fast as I'd like, or I can't afford a new window right away. I keep a few inexpensive panes of glass and some supplies in my garage so that I can temporarily replace a window until I can get the glass company to my house to install a better one. This is definitely something that anyone could learn to do, so I decided to start a blog about it to try to teach others how to replace windows. Whether you're temporarily replacing a window or you want to do a permanent job, you can learn the basics here in this blog.

DIY Window Replacement

Choosing Glass Shower Enclosures: Important Benefits And Considerations

Audrey Owens

Selecting the right shower door is one of the most critical decisions homeowners face when building or remodeling a bathroom. More and more homeowners are choosing frameless glass shower enclosures for their shower doors. In fact, about 54 percent of master bathrooms in American homes have them. If you're considering this type of shower door, here are some the reasons to use them, besides what to consider.

Advantages of Glass Shower Enclosures

Frameless glass shower enclosures, through a company like Glass-Pros offer several benefits:

  • Style and sophistication—This is probably the main reason that they're so popular. They give your bathroom a sharp, sophisticated look that you can't find in traditional framed doors. Their clean-cut lines of the glass door can make bathroom colors stand out against a glass door.
  • Low maintenance—Frameless glass shower enclosures are easy to clean and repair. This is primarily because there aren't as many metal parts that collect dirt and grime. What's more, you don't have to worry about rust. Your bathroom looks less corrosive as there's less metal.
  • Durability—Glass shower enclosures are exceptionally strong as they're constructed from temperate glass material. Thus, you don't have to worry about them cracking or shattering when family members  bump or knock against them.  
  • Added monetary value to your home—As a result of their benefits, your home is worth more when you sell it.

U-Channel vs. Clips

There are two ways that the stationary panels are held in place:

U-channel method—This involves installing U-shaped glass clamps at fixed panel locations, which are typically where the walls and bottom of a shower meet. This method is more expensive than using clips because of the polished edges of the glass. However, the u-channel option has a cleaner appearance and is barely noticeable.

Metal clips—These are heavy clips used to stabilize the glass panels of your frameless shower to a wall, floor or even another glass panel, giving your shower its all-glass appearance. These clips, which are constructed of heavy glass, come in a wide range of finishes and styles. They're available in oval, rectangular and oval shapes to go with either contemporary or traditional bathroom fixtures.

Considerations and Warnings

  • Brass construction fittings are of higher quality than their aluminum counterparts.
  • Glass shower doors are more expensive than traditional doors. On the other hand, they last longer than cheap plastic shower doors.
  • To stop mold and mildew from building up, clean your glass shower door, using a transparent polymer coating.
  • Because of the open gap between the top of the floor and bottom of the door, water can escape onto your bathroom floor. Therefore, it's critical that your floor is made of water-resistant material.

It's important to learn as much as possible about this type of shower door. If you have any questions about a frameless shower door, consult a glass shower enclosure specialist.