Considerations When Installing a Glass Shower in Your Home

If you've decided to install glass screens in your bathroom, you need to get specific about the details to achieve what you want with the shower. As well as the appearance, you also need to consider the privacy of the shower and how much maintenance it will require. Consider the following information to help you make the right choice.


Glass shower screens are sleeker than shower curtains. However, they may not offer as much privacy depending on the type of glass you choose. Transparent glass, for example, won't create a secluded nook for you to shower in. One way that you can install glass and enjoy privacy, though, is to use decorative glass such as frosted or textured panes.

Frosted glass comes in varying translucencies. It can slightly obscure the view, or it can almost block it entirely. You choose what you want. The frosty effect is achieved through acid etching or sandblasting. Both techniques corrode the glass surface without damaging its strength or integrity.

You might also consider patterned glass screens to create a private showering experience. These panels have a three-dimensional quality as they're moulded into shapes during manufacture. Patterns can include trickling rain or faux textures of brickwork or sand.


Of course, the glass type will affect the shower's appearance. Decorative glass creates a stunning focal point. However, you may prefer the shower to be invisible and transparent to emphasise other elements in the bathroom, such as pink-toned travertine tiles. For this reason, you might opt for transparent screens that will let you see all corners of the room.

Transparent glass also makes a bathroom appear larger, as it doesn't visually block off a chunk of the space. Your bathroom will appear more open with transparent screens. The framing is also crucial if you want a shower to appear invisible. Frameless screens comprise mostly bare glass, while fully framed screens are edged with noticeable metal borders.


Glass showers generally don't demand much work. You can simply wash them with a microfiber cloth. However, frameless designs are easier to maintain than fully framed structures. The joins where metal edging and glass meet form crevices that collect grime and mould. Thus, fully framed screens need particular wiping around the edges of the panels. However, a frameless shower only has small metal hardware bits, so it has fewer grooves. This means that you don't have to work as hard to keep them clean.