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Answering Some Important Questions About Glass Shower Screens

by Chad Brewer

Glass shower screens are a popular option for small and dark bathrooms since they keep the space open and reflect light, making the area seem bigger and brighter. They're also good for those who want a modern look with clean and simple lines in the bathroom. Note a few questions you might have about glass shower screens and then you can determine if this is the right choice for you.

Can they be installed by the homeowner?

It's never good to try to install a glass shower screen yourself, as one that is not installed properly can be very dangerous. The glass for these screens is often heavier than you may realize so it can be very cumbersome to attach it to the wall, and you may not anchor the screws properly in order to keep it in place; it may then eventually fall away from the wall, causing damage and potential injury. Improper installation can also mean that a hinged door doesn't open freely or may swing open on its own because of being slightly tilted.

Note, too, that shower screen glass is typically tempered so that it's strong and resistant to shattering. This is good for when it's installed in the bathroom, but bad for trying to make any adjustments to the size of the glass; it may be impossible to shave down the frame along any side to make it fit properly. For these reasons, it's best to leave the installation to a professional.

Will clear glass get dirtier faster than tinted glass?

Clear glass doesn't hold dirt, soap scum, or water marks any faster than any other type of glass. If you're worried about the appearance of the glass, just keep a shower squeegee in the bath and wipe down the shower door after every use, and the glass will be spotless.

What accessories can be added to a glass door? Are they safe?

A manufacturer can usually add a towel bar or hook, a rail for opening and closing the door, and other such features onto a glass door if requested. However, you should never attempt to do this yourself, even if you have some experience in working with glass. Adding too much weight or using the wrong anchors for these accessories can break the glass or pull it away from the wall. Consider seriously the features and accessories you want before ordering the glass enclosure and let the manufacturer add them as needed.