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7 Reasons to Choose a Shower Door over a Shower Curtain – Part 1

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Curved shower door system - Fleurco base

Curved shower door system – Fleurco base

“Should I choose a shower door or a shower curtain?” – asked one of our customer recently. When I said “it depends,” – she said “what kind of a cop-out answer is that!” While the interaction may be funny it’s really true that neither the shower door nor the shower curtain is a slam dunk favorite over the other. The selection depends on many factors including the amount of privacy/openness desired, budget and ease of cleaning to name just a few factors.

In Part 1 (of a 2 part series) I’ll focus first on 7 advantages of choosing the shower door over the shower curtain (in Part 2 I’ll flip this around and look at the advantages of the shower curtain over the door).

Reasons to Choose a Shower Door over a Curtain

Reason 1 – A more open feeling – If you’re claustrophobic or just like a more open, airy look a clear glass shower door is the hands down winner. Most curtains block the view.

Unique slice base offers an open view to a corner shower enclosure

Unique slice base offers an open view to a corner shower enclosure

Reason 2 – Keep the water in – Since shower doors are attached to the walls they will keep water in – this helps to eliminate damage to woodwork and vanities which are often in close proximity to the shower. Curtains can minimize water coming out but often don’t eliminate it (just ask me – we had to replace woodwork in our boy’s bathroom from them not focusing on fully closing the shower curtains!).

Bowed curved glass wall enclosure keeps water in and makes the space bigger

Bowed curved glass wall enclosure keeps water in and makes the space bigger

Reason 3 – Lower lifetime cost – Shower curtains will get moldy, accumulate scum and stains and need to be replaced. The shower door will last much longer. The doors provide a “green-friendly” option.

Reason 4 – Show off the inside of the enclosure – Perhaps you’ve put in a cool body sprays, rain head, fixtures, glass tile accents or a bench seat – why cut off the view with a shower curtain when you can have an open view to the inside which fully displays your style and investment?

1/2" thick frameless glass shower with views to inside of enclosure

1/2″ thick frameless glass enclosure provides view beautiful views to the inside

Reason 5 – Clean modern appearance – Shower doors can provide a sleek contemporary look for today’s bathroom.

Modern clear frameless  glass shower wall system with high gloss acrylic walls

Modern clear frameless glass shower wall system with high gloss acrylic walls

Reason 6 – No wrestling with a shower curtain – Ever had a shower curtain stick to your body? What a pain that is! Since the shower doors don’t move this hassle is eliminated.

No wrestling with shower curtains

No wrestling with shower curtains

Reason 7 – Easier to clean – Since doors provide a high level of resistance to mold, mildew and scum and can be cleaned with standard glass cleaners or squeegees they are easier to maintain than curtains.

Have these 7 reasons swayed your opinion of using a shower door over a curtain? Why or why now? Please comment below.

If you’re looking for more on shower doors and bathroom remodeling contact The Bath Doctor of Cleveland (216-531-6085) or Columbus (614-252-7294).For nationwide direct product sales on some unique shower door lines call Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888). For complete bathroom remodeling contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270).

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Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

Comments (2)

  • Mike Foti

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    That’s funny! I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

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  • Leviticus

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    I will be reforming my bathroom soon. I love the look of glass enclosures rather than curtains. I really enjoyed these seven reasons. One more reason is it would be harder for a murderer to hide behind a glass door!

    Reply

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