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