Shower Glass

Our showers were designed to be curbless meaning there is no sill between the bathroom floor and the shower.

Master bathroom shower pan is actually a rigid foam.
Master bathroom shower pan is actually a rigid foam.

After much planning we finally got a curbless shower pan.

There is no threshold between the shower (kneewall in the middle of the photo) and the rest of the bathroom.
There is no threshold between the shower (kneewall in the middle of the photo) and the rest of the bathroom.

Then the entire floor was tiled.  Now it’s time to enclose the showers. Barbara, a regular reader of LFTM asked if we could do away with glass altogether.

The original pink bathroom.
The original pink bathroom.  You’re seeing everything but the tub.

Alas, our bathrooms are not that large even though to us they’re enormous in comparison to the original bathroom we’ve been using for 19 years.

A sample selection of glass.
A sample selection of glass. From left to right: Glue chip, Rain, Bubble, Etched, Low Iron, Clear.

First, due to the size of the opening the glass needs to be half-inch thick. I determined that I want clear glass even though there are other choices of frosted and textured glass.

The controls for the master shower are on the kneewall..
The controls for the master shower are on the kneewall.

Second, the door, by code, should not open into the shower just in case of emergency of someone falling and blocking the door or getting scalded and being trapped under the water stream.

Shower glass in the master bathroom.
Shower glass in the master bathroom.

In our master bathroom I had wanted the door to not only open in but to be hinged on the large piece of glass on the right.

I thought the hinge would be on the right but I was wrong.
I thought the hinge would be on the right but I was wrong.

The owner of the glass company who came to measure said he would do it any way we wanted but to hinge a door on an already heavy piece of glass would make for a lot of weight both on the hinge and the wall bracket. I agreed to be led by experience.

Conservatory floor tile is also curbless into the shower.
Conservatory floor tile is also curbless into the shower.

The conservatory bathroom, although smaller, is similar. I thought it would take one piece of glass and one door and, once again, I was wrong.

Conservatory shower glass.
Conservatory shower glass.

To make the most convenient entrance to the shower we are using the notched-panel/door/panel like upstairs except much smaller (6 feet vs. 7.5 feet).

The shower will be enclosed something like this excepted to lines won't be as prominent.
The shower will be enclosed something like this except the lines won’t be as prominent.

We’re also planning to have the glass coated with Vindico which is supposed to keep scale and scum to a minimum.  The proposal says it’s for the doors which I’m questioning — why not all the glass?

Any advice before I send in my deposit?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “Shower Glass”

  1. Yes, I would question it too. My sister has glass walls and door in her shower and now it’s like the glass is permanently clouded. Almost looks like permanent scum – like it should clean off but doesn’t. She and my other sister who was visiting tried everything but nothing worked. That’s why I suggested that air was easier to clean than glass. Maybe if you make sure you squeegee off the water each time it will be okay? Or maybe it’s something to do with the hardness of the water?

  2. You will like the clear glass. It really opens up the space. We had it I our last house and are actually getting ready to redo the master in our new house similarly to yours. My suggestions…based on having the same thing before…use a squeegee every time, as mentioned above, and use liquid soap. It does not create nearly the amount t of scum buildup on the glass or the tiles. I really want the curb less shower, but we have moved away from it because of building codes that would require use to take up the entire floor, which we don’t really want to do. Going to talk about this one more time, as I think we should do this curbless. We are not getting any younger and who knows what might happen. Pkus, they are just cool looking! Happy bathrooming! Sorry for the long post!

  3. My bathroom is a mess right now, but three homes ago, I had a very tiny shower and I chose clear glass in order to keep the tiny bathroom as open as possible. I kept it clear by cleaning it with warm white vinegar every now and then.

    1. Very good advice. Our water is not hard and we use liquid soap. I’ll follow all the advice of my kind readers, including yours. Jo

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