Choosing The Perfect Shower Type For Your Bathroom Remodel
There are many elements to a shower, from the shape and size of the enclosure to the material with which it’s made. When planning a bathroom remodel, you want to take all your options into consideration. Getting the process started, then, entails understanding what your options are.
It’s all too easy to jump right into the big picture scheme of your bathroom. You’d like to incorporate a certain mood and theme and let the smaller pieces fall into place. While it’s important for your design concept to harmonize with your specific taste and style, it’s also important to look closely at the details. After all, a bathroom remodel is not something you will attempt every year cast acrylic block. And if you’re like most homeowners, you’re not just looking to increase the value of your home, you’re looking to make it a more enjoyable, relaxing place to live in.
Here are some shower-specific details to give you an idea of just how diverse your choices can be.
The traditional bathroom shower has evolved. In addition to curtains and sliding doors, shower barriers include pivot, folding, frameless, and pivot doors. What’s the difference? Flexible-fitting bi-fold doors fit smaller bathroom and cave in at a center panel, unlike folding doors that open and close in accordion fashion. Pivot doors are typically glass-framed and open out from a single side, while frameless doors consist of uninterrupted glass without panels or frames. Finally, curved doors are designed for shower stalls that don’t have your average square or rectangular shape.
Speaking of shower doors, it’s impossible to choose one without understanding the shape and specificity of your shower. It’s a newer trend in larger homes with big bathrooms to separate the shower from the tub. These standalone showers are usually square shaped. Pivot and bi-fold shower doors suit small spaces and accommodate square-shaped showers well.
Rectangular shower spaces have traditionally included the bathtub, but nowadays, homeowners are expanding the size of their standalone showers with rectangular spaces. A quadrant shower tucks perfectly away into the corner of your bathroom. You can recognize a quadrant shower by its right-angle, closed up with a single curve encompassing its outer side. D-shaped showers are similar to quadrant showers except they have two corners instead of one. Because of their curved sides, D-shaped showers, like quadrant showers, require curved shower doors.
Shower Building Blocks
Determining the make-up of your shower enclosure will depend on several factors, including strength, texture, appearance, and flexibility. Glass is still used with many new and traditional shower door models. Its smooth surface is simple to clean and its spacious quality blends effortlessly into various classic or modern stylistic themes. Glass enclosures are surprisingly versatile, can be coated or sealed for strength, and also come in different textures and patterns. Glass blocks are an alternative to standard glass. Glass blocks enclose shower units with beautiful icebergs of glass and are typically designed for the walk-in shower. Glass block enclosures accommodate small spaces with ease and grace.
There are two popular forms of pre-fabricated material for shower enclosures: acrylic and fiberglass. Both styles come in single and multiple factory-made pieces for easy install. Cast acrylic is popular for lustrous, long lasting color. Both options are affordable, airtight, and durable low-maintenance options for homeowners looking for convenience and reliability.