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Getting Involved in the Wonderful World of Glass

If you have never taken the time to learn about the different ways in which glass can be used around the home but you want to find out more, you are in the right place. This website has been created in order to provide people with info about exciting ways in which glass can be incorporated into a property. We aren't experts but we are geeks when it comes to using glass around the home. We have set out to learn everything we can about this subject so we can communicate it to our readers. Check back soon for more updates!

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Various shower designs with diverse framing options will confront you when installing a new enclosure in your bathroom. Generally, you can sort showers into three models: frameless, semi-frameless and framed. As well, you'll need to consider the door style.

Frameless Showers

If you want your shower to become almost invisible—to highlight elegant decorative tiles, for instance—you could install a frameless shower. The glass panels in these enclosures are without metal borders around their edges. Instead, they attach with minimal hardware like hinges, brackets and braces. Such freestanding glass structures impart a light and airy feel in a bathroom as your eye can see all corners without the interruption of opaque screens or the heaviness of extended metal frames.

Semi-Frameless Models

Another style, semi-frameless designs, have framing around some edges while others remain bare. The framing pattern is not set but varies between models. For instance, the fixed panels in an enclosure might have frames while the moving door doesn't. Alternatively, all the screens might have horizontal framing along the top and bottom edges, but not the vertical ones. This metal provides structural support for the glass panels, which can, therefore, be thinner than in frameless designs.

Framed Showers

Each glass panel within a framed enclosure has a supporting metal border around all four sides, which allows for thinner glazing to reduce costs. The glazing itself doesn't need to provide so much structural strength. While these showers allow for light flow, their framing style adds definition, making the enclosure feel less airy and open. 

Door Styles

As well as opting for an edging form, you'll need to assess door type. An outward-swinging door requires floor space to open, which can impede others using the bathroom; plus, it limits the layout of other elements. An inward-swinging pivot door requires area inside the enclosure to operate. Maximising space with a sliding door that moves sideways is a smart choice in a small bathroom. 

Frameless showers are particularly ideal for small bathrooms as they create an open feel—but in larger spaces too, they evoke a sense of luxury and light. Various degrees of framing create semi-frameless models, or you can go with full frames, which typically use the thinnest glass. Your choice of door style when undergoing shower screen installation depends on personal preference and the room and shower size; swing and pivot doors need free space while sliding doors are incredibly efficient options.