If you are looking for ways to refresh and modernize your home, you will rarely go wrong by updating an old and outdated bathroom. Bathroom renovations provide some of the best returns on investment of any home remodeling project, potentially offering up to a 70% return on the money spent. You might even see a larger return on your investment if the bathroom you are renovating is particularly old or dreary and its poor condition was bringing the value of your home down with it. While there are many premium materials that you can use to refresh an old bathroom, glass offers a particularly attractive combination of aesthetics and functionality.
Glass offers many benefits for any room in your house, but it is surprisingly well suited to the bathroom. The simple, clean aesthetic of glass works great for both shower enclosures and shelving. It can provide a dramatic and modern appearance without taking center stage itself and drawing attention away from the other decorating choices that you have made. In particular, glass tends to complement just about any wall, flooring, or vanity material, making it an easy choice that rarely looks unattractive.
Glass has practical benefits as well. It is easy to clean and requires almost no maintenance or special care. Even better, glass can make your bathroom feel significantly more spacious. Depending on how you choose to use glass in your bathroom, you can make areas that are occupied by shelving or by the shower itself feel as though they are completely open. This can help to make even small bathrooms seem roomier and more inviting.
Advantages of Glass Showers
While glass shelves and vanity tops are attractive, the area where most people choose to make use of glass is in the shower. Glass can be used either as an entire shower enclosure or as a shower door. Whatever your use, there are numerous advantages to using glass in this part of your bathroom:
- Glass is much easier to clean than shower curtains, and your glass shower doors will not need to be replaced regularly
- Glass doors provide a tighter seal, keeping water in the shower and preventing slip hazards from wet bathroom floors
- In general, your bathroom will require less maintenance since less moisture will find its way outside of the shower
- Glass showers or shower doors simply look more modern and up-to-date than shower curtains
Glass showers can be marginally more expensive than traditional showers, but their benefits are numerous.
Choosing Between Framed and Frameless Showers
Whether you are installing an entire glass enclosure or just glass doors, you will need to choose between framed and frameless glass. Many people gravitate towards frameless showers simply because they look more modern, but there are pros and cons to each type and the one that you choose will depend on your own tastes and budget.
In general, framed showers are cheaper, but this does not mean that they are worse. The glass used in framed showers can be lighter since it is supported by the frames and the frames themselves help to seal the shower. Better sealing means fewer leaks, which is a major advantage of glass showers in the first place.
Frameless showers, on the other hand, have a cleaner, more minimal appearance. Without frames for support, however, heavier glass must be used and both the cost of the shower and the installation costs can be much higher. Frameless showers also have a tendency to leak more, although the gaskets around the shower can be replaced regularly to help keep leaks under control.
However you choose to make use of glass in your bathroom renovation, you will be adding value to your home and creating a cleaner, more modern space for you and your family.