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Curved & Bent Glass Shower Enclosures – Cool, But Can They Be Affordable?

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Curved 2 sided glass enclosure with an acrylic base supported by an multi-density fiberboard bottom| Innovate Building Solutions

Curved 2 sided glass enclosure with an acrylic base supported by an multi-density fiberboard bottom

March 9, 2019

There is nothing quite as sleek, stylish and contemporary as a curved glass shower enclosure – but the question is can they be affordable? Learn below the benefits of these systems, the most popular types of curved glass showers, where they can be used and what are some of the more cost effective options.

Benefits of curved glass showers

Maybe one of the most prominent advantages of curved glass is simply the elegance of the product. However, there are other benefits to consider as well. If you have a smaller bathroom a clear curved glass shower can give the feeling of a larger space. Another advantage is it’s ability to be designed to create walk in showers (these types of showers eliminate the need to clean around a door and are growing greatly in demand.

Most popular types of curved glass showers

There are 3 general categories of curved glass most commonly seen:

 

  1. Custom bent architectural curved glass

The most common bent glass products include single glazed units with safety tempered glass (the tempered glass is required for wet applications).  Bent glass is available in different thicknesses, patterns and there are even low iron units to provide the maximum clarity. While this product can be customized to someone’s requirements – it is a pretty expensive option.

  1. Standard curved glass enclosures

One way to get the cost of curved glass down is to create standard shower base systems and then make the shaped glass in a production environment. Fleurco a company headquartered in Montreal Canada has developed such a product. First they created standard sized acrylic bases with curved shapes. The names of these bases are called – Arc, Round, Corner slice, corner wedge, Bowfront and Roman half-curved. Using these unique designs the manufacturer has then developed shower enclosures at various price levels – from moderate priced systems up to high end luxury showers.

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Round acrylic "arc" base with sliding glass doors | Innovate Building Solutions

Round acrylic “arc” base with sliding glass doors

  1. Curved glass block showers

Glass blocks have come a long way! In the old days there were only square blocks that were generally used inside of window or wall openings. Today there are thinly shaped units available to create graceful curved wall. These thin shaped blocks are even available in clear patterns to show off tile or stone work on the inside of the shower.

Decorative Cambria quartz sands color shower cap to finish off a curved walk in glass block wall | Innovate Building Solutions

Decorative Cambria quartz sands color shower cap to finish off a curved walk in glass block wall | Innovate Building Solutions

Curved glass block in a clear see through design

Curved glass block in a clear design for shower walls

Uses of curved glass enclosures

Flexibility is the word with the new era of curved showers. Whether you’re looking for a shower with a door or a walk in variety there is a cool looking selection available. These units can be put in “alcove” spaces (i.e. where they are surrounded with 3 interior walls – check out the Bowfront or Roman half curved units for a couple of examples), or in the corner of a room and are made to fit multiple sizes. You can choose from frameless shower glass or framed systems.

Curved and bowed acrylic shower base with frameless glass sliding door | Innovate Building Solutions

Curved and bowed acrylic shower base with frameless glass sliding door

 

What types of curved glass enclosures cost the least? 

Sometimes in remodeling or new construction projects are eyes go to what looks cool – but our hopes can get dashed when we get the price – ouch! If you’re looking for a cost effective curved enclosure that’s lighter on your budget check out curved glass systems which come in standard designs with shower bases to match. Another cost-effective option are radius glass block walls. They are usually significantly lower in price than custom bent glass.

Curved walk in shower wall using Arque glass blocks

Curved walk in shower wall using Arque glass blocks

 

What questions or comments do you have about curved glass enclosures? If you need more input about these products – call us. We offer nationwide factory direct pricing and local bathroom remodeling service in Cleveland and Columbus Ohio.

 

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Contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270) or the Bath Doctor in Columbus (614-252-7294) for design ideas and estimates on bathroom remodeling and curved glass enclosures.

If you’re looking for a curved glass block shower or the standard curved enclosures get nationwide design and supply through Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888) or one of it’s local divisions including Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363), West Side Glass Block (216-398-1020), Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888), or Mid America Glass Block. For complete remodeling services contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270).  This article was authored by Mike Foti.

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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 (4)

  • Denis

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    I would wish to talk about how to find shower doors for a tub with curved front. Do you sell such an item? Or, do you know who does? Thanks.

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  • Mike Foti

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    Douglas – we will reach out to you via email to talk more about the glass for a shower wall

    Reply

  • douglas mixon

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    I would like to get a price on a piece of glass for a shower wall. I’ll go by your suggestion on thickness. I need it quarter round with a 16 ” radius, 70″ high

    Reply

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