In the last few years, we’ve seen the bathroom trend of frameless glass shower enclosures take off, it is an elegant design choice that has proven to be durable and easy-to-maintain for any washroom space.
The current trend of frameless glass began in high-end residential design almost a decade ago. It is still a strong design choice that is now more readily available to homeowners, and can easily be paired with inexpensive and simple tiles without compromising style.
When compared to framed glass, a frameless installation will also make the room and the shower feel larger. Homeowners often report that swapping their bath tubs for a frameless glass shower feels as if they have increased the square footage of their bathroom. If you have little square footage to work with in your bathroom , the frameless glass shower can go a long way in making it a more inviting and comfortable space to be in.
Usability Is Paramount
When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, frameless is an easy choice. Homeowners with framed glass enclosures have to perform maintenance fairly regularly. From caulking maintenance to leaking issues and track and glass cleaning, there is a lot that goes into the care of a framed shower. This is mainly due to the fact that framed glass has metal channels or tracks surrounding the glass where grime, mildew and soap scum tend to collect. The various nooks within the metal frame can also be difficult to maintain. In contrast, frameless glass is comparably easy to clean since there are no channels or frame where grime and mildew can grow. To help keep your shower moisture and germ-free, a daily swipe of the squeegee is all that’s needed to keep the glass clean in between more in-depth cleanings. For more quick and easy shower cleaning tips, check out this post.
A Choice That Pays Off
People often delay renovating their bathrooms because they can be a costly expense. However, the long-term benefits of a frameless glass shower may be worth it, when you compare to the cost of installing a framed shower and long-term maintenance.
Framed shower enclosures use thinner glass, which have to be wrapped in aluminum casing to reinforce the glass. From there, additional labour and time is spent on attaching the aluminium casing to the wall through another frame and metal channels.
Frameless glass shower enclosures are measured and cut to fit a specific space to truly maximize the amount of space you want in your shower and elevate the style and feel of your bathroom. Additionally, it can positively affect the resale value on your home if you have an updated bathroom with a frameless glass shower. Real estate trends show that updated kitchen and bathrooms often increase a home’s value more than the cost of the actual renovation itself. This makes a bathroom renovation a potentially profitable investment into your home.
The durability of the glass used and timeless look of this design choice translate it to being a highly usable, classic space for years to come. If you’re considering a frameless glass shower installed in your bathroom, we can help with design and budgeting options for any space. Let’s chat or leave me a comment below!