Frameless and Steam Shower Glass Options
ABC GLASS AND MIRROR brings Northern Virginia residents diverse options in frameless showers, including steam showers. Frameless showers and steam showers are products that make an ordinary bathroom special. In creating a custom frameless or steam shower, ABC GLASS AND MIRROR is careful to use appropriate glass and to give our customers many choices in glass styles. From the products shown below, find the glass that perfectly melds functionality and beauty for your home!
Frameless steam showers and other frameless doors and enclosures stand out because of the conspicuous absence of metal framing. Removing framing from the equation boosts the aesthetic impact of the shower and keeps the focus on the sparkling glass. However, it also eliminates some structural support and protection for the vulnerable glass edges. To compensate for this, we build frameless showers from thick glass. Your choices are –
- 1/2" thick heavy glass
- 3/8" thick heavy glass
1/2" shower glass is used on many frameless showers, including steam showers. It provides the unit with heightened integrity and gives the door(s) an especially substantial feel. Its reliability is illustrated by the fact that 1/2" glass is also used for constructing storefronts in commercial settings. The iron in glass gives it a slightly green hue, and this becomes more apparent with thicker glass.
What are the features of 3/8” shower glass?
3/8” shower glass allows our glaziers to safely construct a frameless shower, such as a steam shower or frameless slider. As mentioned, all glass is subject to mild greenish discoloration that is caused by the presence of iron. This effect is less noticeable on thinner glass, so it will be less of an issue on 3/8” glass as opposed to 1/2” glass. Opting for the thinner of your two choices sometimes lowers the price as well.
How can I address the greenish coloring from the iron in my heavy glass?
Many homeowners find that the faint hint of green on their frameless shower or steam shower is hardly noticeable and perfectly acceptable. If greater clarity is your goal, though, you can order low-iron glass. With decreased iron content, this shower glass brings heightened transparency and purity to your frameless unit.
What glass styles are possible for frameless showers and steam showers?
Frameless showers and steam showers can be tailored to the needs and desires of each customer. The glass styles we supply can be grouped into general categories –
These assorted looks and textures open up the door to many possibilities for creating an enclosure that fulfills decorating objectives while serving a practical purpose in your home.
What are the clear glass choices for frameless and steam showers?
Your choices for a clear frameless shower or steam unit are –
- Low-iron tempered
- Clear tempered
Steam showers and other frameless showers can be built from glass that has been treated with acid. The acid etches the surface of the glass and transforms its appearance, making it look frosty. Options such as Satin Tempered and Low Iron Acid Tempered feature a surface with uniform frosting. This is an optimal choice for homeowners wishing for a more private enclosure.
What does patterned glass offer a frameless shower or steam shower?
Patterned glass also includes a design, but features transparency rather than a frosted surface. The glass surface itself is textured, and thus the pattern is perceptible to the touch. Examples of patterned options for frameless and steam showers are
- Aquatex tempered
- Rain tempered
- Soft hammered
Colored/tinted glass is distinguished by a smooth surface and delicate coloring. For frameless and steam showers, a client can pick from –
- Solar cool bronze
- Solar cool grey tempered
Call and speak to a glazier or set up a free appointment at your home to get more details on glass options for steam showers and other frameless showers! (703)257-7150