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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

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Updated February 22, 2019

“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 to choose a shower door over a shower curtain

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. With a glass door – you won’t feel separated from the rest of your bathroom.

Sliding glass enclosure for a small 36 inch tiny home or houseboat shower

Round sliding glass doors for a 36 inch shower base

Reason 2 to choose a shower door over a shower curtain

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 – can you feel my pain here?).

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Alessa 60 x 36 acrylic shower base with Platinum series glass enclosure – one wall system

Reason 3 to choose a shower door over a shower curtain – Lower lifetime costs

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. Now – if you spend a ‘boat-load’ of money on your shower door I’ll have to admit buying several curtains will be cheaper, but with a moderate priced door the glass doors will be a one-time expense.

Reason 4 to choose a shower door over a shower curtain– You can show off the inside of your space

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? Show off your style ‘loud and proud’ with a glass shower door.

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Curved 60″ curved shower base for tighter spaces

Reason 5 to choose a shower door over a shower curtain– A clean modern appearance

Shower doors can provide a sleek contemporary look for today’s bathroom – especially when you  choose clear glass. In this bathroom you can see straight into and enjoy these light-reflecting high gloss shower wall panels.

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Reason 6 to choose a shower door over a shower curtain – 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. This guy looks just a bit stuck to the shower curtain. Can you help him?

No wrestling with shower curtains

No wrestling with shower curtains

Reason 7 to choose a shower door over a shower curtain– It’s 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. Why hassle with a shower curtain. Don’t you have better things to do with your life?


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 nationwide factory direct pricing on glass shower doors or a price on a bathroom remodeling contact The Bath Doctor of Cleveland (216-531-6085) or Columbus (614-252-7294). For nationwide direct product sales on unique shower doors 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 (6)

  • Mike Foti


    Yes Floyd – some people to hate to clean shower glass. This is why obscure and rain glass is getting more popular.


  • Floyd


    It is way too much work to clean those large pieces of glass every day.


  • Mike Foti


    Thanks Rachel – there are reasons for the shower curtain – but the door is a more permanent solution. Mike


  • Rachel Lannister


    Thank you for the great blog. You wrote that traditional shower curtains get moldy and accumulate scum, while glass shower doors simply don’t have that issue. My brother has been thinking about redoing his bathroom, and wondering what items he should replace. I’ll advise he install glass doors, as along with cleaning reasons, it would also really help modernize the room.


  • Mike Foti


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


  • Leviticus


    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!


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