When it comes to your shower, you want to ensure you have the most informed advisor on your side, and at Floyd, our trained installers and our knowledgeable staff are experts. Our team knows showers and will be available to assist you every step of the way. When deciding on a new shower door, you’ll need to consider what style of frame and door you want. Here’s a breakdown of what we offer so you can better choose the best solution for your bathroom.
Types of Shower Frames and Doors We Offer
Frameless glass shower enclosures are designed with thick tempered glass. Due to the glass’s thickness, it can support itself without a frame. This style offers a more sleek, contemporary look due to the lack of bulky metal framing.
Why Choose a Frameless Glass Shower?
- It’s a modern, minimalist option that creates a clean look. It also allows for more attention to be put on your unique tiling, gorgeous stonework, and/or sparkling hardware.
- With the lack of frame, there’s less chance of water build-up occurring, making clean-up easier.
- The seamless look of the glass creates a spacious and airy atmosphere, allowing more light to flow in and causing the space to feel larger.
Semi-Frameless custom showers feature a combination of framed glass and frameless glass. Typically, the shower door is frameless and the supporting glass enclosure is framed.
Why Choose a Semi-Frameless Glass Shower?
- Only light framing is needed to support the structural integrity, still providing a modern, upscale look.
- Similar to the Frameless style, the door has no frame when opened and uses a continuous hinge.
Hybrid frames are an excellent solution if you want the look of the frameless shower but can’t install one due to your bathroom’s configuration. This frame style combines a frameless door with side panels for support, still giving it a clean, modern appearance.
Why Choose a Hybrid Glass Shower?
- Creates a better water seal for smaller showers.
- The glass panels allow for more natural light to flow in.
- Priced less than frameless but still offers a similar look.
Hinge Shower Doors
Hinged shower doors are primarily composed of glass and open by swinging in one direction on pivoting hinges. This door can either be attached to a wall or a stationary glass panel. Hinged doors are best used in shower stalls that offer plenty of space for the door to swing open. If space to swing the door outward is an issue, consider looking into an inward-swinging option.
Bypass Shower Doors
Bypass doors operate similarly to patio doors, consisting of two sliding glass panels that roll on tracks connected to the shower enclosure. You can use Bypass doors on both stand-alone showers and tub/shower combinations. Since Bypass doors don’t require space to swing out, they make for much more efficient use of space.
After I Design My Shower, What Are The Next Steps?
After you submit your shower sizes, we will work up a quote for you within 24 hours. We require half down, then our staff will call to schedule our shower door technician for the final measure. After the last measure, our production team takes over. Before ordering your glass, it will undergo a series of checks and balances to ensure quality and accuracy. Once we get the ETA for your shower, our staff will call to pre-schedule your shower enclosure. When your glass arrives, it goes through a visual inspection to ensure your class does not have imperfections.
How Long Does It Take To Get My Shower Installed?
After our shower door technician has the final measurements, we are looking at 2-3 weeks for your shower to be installed and ready to use. This is assuming that your glass arrives without any imperfections.
Can I Install The Glass Myself?
You certainly can install the glass yourself. Remember that Frameless Shower Enclosures are heavy and will break very easily since they are tempered. Unless you have installed heavy glass showers previously, we do not recommend attempting a self-installation.
How Tall Can I Get My Glass?
Since we cut the glass custom for your shower, you can go as high as your bathroom allows.
Do You Have Stock Door Sizes?
Yes! Our goal is always to try to fit customers into a stock door; it will save quite a bit of money. We have just about every combination of stock doors with widths between 24″-36″ and height between 72″-82.” ShowerGaurd has a smaller selection of Stock Doors. We have 28″ width and 72″, 75″, 76″, 78″, and 80″ height. For a stock door to be used, all the walls must be level and plumb. With Frameless Showers, 1/8″ can kick you out of a stock door. We have a few stock doors with a built-in 1/4″ lean that can help keep you in the stock door. We don’t want to force a stock door to fit into an opening where we have a wall out of level and create gaps, which can lead to water issues. Read our Construction Tips to help ensure you can stay in a stock door.
How Thick Will My Glass Be?
Frameless showers are typically 3/8″ thick. The other option is 1/2″ glass, but the cost jump is pretty substantial.
Can You Get Rid Of Soap Scum On My Current Shower?
Unfortunately, we have not found a product that will entirely remove the soap scum on your existing shower. Glass is a very porous structure. When shampoo, soap, etc, land on the glass, it begins to fill those pores with dirt and grim. The longer it sits on the glass, the harder it becomes to clean it. Over time the soap scum gets baked into the glass and becomes almost impossible to remove. What can you do?
How Can I Prevent Soap Scum And Corrosion On My New Shower?
We have several options for anti-corrosion coatings. Contact us for information about which option is best for your needs!
Do Frameless Shower Doors Leak?
Simply put, a frameless shower door has no frame! All frameless doors and enclosures are designed to deflect water, not retain it. We do our best with plastics to keep as much water inside as we can. Some common sense applies here. Do not use a handheld body spray to rinse off your frameless door. Make sure your sill, curb and/or ledge is pitched approximately 3/16” in towards the shower as well as all the other design tips we have provided for you. The only vulnerable (potential water leakage) area should be the door. All fixed panels are silicone inside and out and should never leak.
What Is The Difference Between U-Channels And Clamps?
Clamps are the preferred installation at Floyd. For two main reasons.
Aesthetics: With less metal, clamps are the cleaner look that most of our St. Louis customers are looking for. There is less room for mold build-up.
Installation: Everywhere you see a clamp, we notch the glass out to allow our clamps to secure to the glass. This allows the glass to sit flush on your shower pan.
How Soon After My Shower Is Installed Can I Use It?
Please allow 24 hours for the silicone to cure before turning your shower on.
Can I Put A Heavy Door On My Existing Fiberglass Shower Enclosure?
Our recommendation is not to install frameless shower glass on an existing fiberglass surround. A hollow-bodied fiberglass shower enclosure is not designed to accept the weight and torque produced by a nearly 100-pound glass door in motion and levered over 2 feet. The frameless hinges need to anchor to something with more substance. We prefer a wood stud behind the hinge locations but can anchor to tile and other surfaces IF the surfaces are sturdy enough to support the weight. For fiberglass enclosures, we recommend a semi-frameless enclosure.
I Currently Have A Cultured Marble Surround, Can I Keep That?
There are two significant issues that we will run into with using existing cultured marble surrounds.
- Discoloration. When you remove your old framed unit, there will be a thick discoloration line that clear, frameless shower glass will not be able to cover up. A lack of light causes this.
- The Notch. You can see from the yellow circle where the cultured marble was notched out for the frame. The frame is typically 1 1/2″ thick. When you remove the old frame, we now have a 1 1/2″ notch, and your glass is only 3/8″. Options?
A few companies can spray your shower to solve the discoloration issue. You can purchase just a ledge from a reputable marble company in Fenton. Have it installed, then spray your shower so it all matches.
Looking To Upgrade Your Shower?
Get in touch with our team at Floyd Glass to get a custom glass shower quote today!