Ever notice how a glass door gives a shower a sophisticated, luxurious look? A custom shower enclosure is often the first eye-catcher in a bathroom. Here are three tips for choosing an enclosure that’s right for your bathroom and for your budget:
Remember Your Angles
When you consider the construction of your new enclosure, cost and functionality can be dramatically altered by the angles being utilized. If you’re angling shower walls, or using a corner shower, try to keep your angles to industry standard where possible: 90, 135, and 180 degree angles are standard. Any variation to these standard angles will cause headaches for your contractors, the pain of which will in turn be transferred to your wallet! In addition, angles under 90 degrees are harder to clean – and harder to keep sanitary! A beautiful, functional shower enclosure can be designed and constructed by using the three standard angles – without sacrificing comfort, quality or the aesthetics you desire.
Keep Sprays Away From Panels and Doors
Sprays, jets, and shower heads all contribute to converting your shower into a luxurious spa-like experience. While these extra water sources can make your shower experience a soothing and invigorating experience, they can also wreak havoc on your glass panels or doors if they are aimed incorrectly.
Point your water sources toward your shower walls and away from the enclosures to guard against leaks. Remember, the panels and doors are the only parts of the shower that are vulnerable to escaping water, so take it easy on them by spraying water away from them rather than directly on them.
Choose Materials and Style Wisely, With the Future in Mind
The materials you choose for your custom shower enclosures will impact the lifespan, aesthetics, and functionality of your shower experience for years to come — not to mention your budget. And, the choices you make today will similarly stay with you for years. Try to keep the “long haul” in mind. Will you prefer a more private style in a few years, or will a clear glass door work for you and your family? Will a step-up entry be okay for you and your family as you get older? Are there enclosures that suit your needs today, but might become less appealing to you later on?
Your custom shower enclosure should be just that: custom. You should choose what will make you happy. But you might want to keep your home’s resale value in mind as well. For example, if you customize your shower door into the logo of your favorite football team, you might enjoy that image every morning. But what happens if you sell the home? Will the next homeowner share your passion for that team, or will that be a turn-off? The same can be said for the materials and color scheme you choose.
A custom shower enclosure can provide a welcoming, luxurious feel for your bathroom and shower experience. Just remember these three tips, and you’ll be on your way to the shower you’ve always wanted!