Deciding on a shower door or curtain probably isn’t something you’ll lose sleep over, but it’s worth considering. While it’s mostly a matter of personal preference, there are advantages to each. Shower doors have clean lines. However, in a shower/tub they reduce your access by 50%. Curtains make for a cozy look and work well in small spaces, but after a while, even the best-maintained ones can start to look worn and in need of replacement.
Doors come in two basic types: framed and frameless. Frames are made of a lightweight metal in a variety of finishes and slide on tracks. These tracks can collect water and need periodic cleaning. Frameless doors are easier to clean and give an open, modern look.
Some people with shower/tubs may feel that they are stuck with using a shower curtain, However, glass doors come in a variety of finishes that are sure to fit your tastes regardless of your bathroom decor:
Clear glass is smooth and transparent, allowing maximum light in.
Frosted glass offers great privacy and can have designs as well as colors. Rain glass is textured on one side to look like raindrops. It affords privacy and hides water stains and fingerprints well.
Tinted glass comes in varying degrees of opaqueness and provides warmth to a bathroom’s color palette.Hammered glass has indentations that look like hammered metal creating many kinds of visual effects as the light passes through. Shower doors have varying costs depending on manufacturer, type, and finish. In general, however, a typical sliding glass shower door can cost from $100.00 to $300.00, with another $200.00 to $300.00 for installation. Higher end doors such as frameless corner shower doors can run as high as $5,000.00 installed.