Installing Better Glass In Your Home

A few months ago, I realized that I really needed to update our windows and a few other glass fixtures around the house. I started searching for a great glass shop in the area, and I was able to find a place that I felt really good about. I worked with them to replace our mirrors, our glass shower enclosures, and our windows. When we were finished, our house looked and felt brand new on the inside and the outside. I was really impressed with how much of a difference those changes made. This blog is all about installing better glass in your home.

Shower, Shower/Tub, Or Separate Fixtures: Choosing Your Type


If you're lucky enough to get to do a thorough remodel on your bathroom, turning it into a place where you can relax instead of a place you try to get out of as quickly as possible, the shower enclosure is going to need special attention. It's common now to find bathrooms that have separate shower and tub enclosures right next to each other. This sort of setup has some definite advantages, but you do want to be sure you're choosing it for the right reasons if you decide to go with separate fixtures.

Easier Shower Entry

In the separate-fixture setup, you have a shower stall that allows people to walk in without having to step over ledges that are relatively tall. There will still be a small ledge, of course, to help keep the water in. For those people who need an enclosure that doesn't require hopping over anything taller than a couple of inches, the shower enclosure is best.

However, just having the shower alone would mean that no one else in the house could take a bath, if that was the only bathroom. So having separate enclosures makes it possible for people to use whichever fixture they want to without trouble.

Availability and Repairs

With two separate fixtures, you have more to repair and take care of. If you're into minimalism and keeping costs under control, a combination shower/tub enclosure might suit you better. But if you are OK with doing a little more cleaning and possibly having to repair additional fixtures, two separate enclosures would be fine. Plus, with separate enclosures, if the tub is out of order, for example, the shower might still be working, meaning you can still bathe.

Space Considerations

If you have two separate fixtures, you're going to need room. These are not typically cramped enclosures, so they're really only doable if you have a very large bathroom. If you have a small bathroom, then, you'll obviously be constrained to either a shower only or a combination shower/tub. For larger bathrooms, you have to ask yourself if you want that much space being taken up by the bathing fixtures. Maybe you would prefer an extra cabinet, for example. Be sure you plan out what else you want in the bathroom to ensure you have room for everything.

The company in charge of installing the shower or shower and tub can show you models so you can see what each type of fixture would look like in the bathroom you have. Take your time in deciding as these fixtures are going to be there for a long time. For more information, contact local professionals like Ridge Glass & Mirror.


6 February 2017