Shower Door FAQ
Shower Door FAQ
What is tempered shower glass?
Tempered glass is a safety glass that can break into small pieces that are not sharp. Tempered glass is chemically strengthened to be more resistant to shattering than annealed glass and is four times stronger than regular glass. Making it ideal for shower door installations.
What's the Difference Between Low-Iron and Clear Glass?
Low iron glass has a low iron content, making it more transparent. Clear glass has a higher iron content producing a slightly green hue.
What is the production time for my shower?
A typical shower door manufacture time ranges between 7 and 12 business days.
We only use tempered glass from the highest-quality suppliers, and generally, an installer can be scheduled within days of your glass being ready for installation by our scheduling coordinator.
Do frameless shower doors leak?
Frameless shower doors are water resistant, not waterproof. Designed correctly, fixed panels using mildew-resistant silicone will not leak. However, a direct spray on the shower door can induce leaking. Frameless shower doors can also leak if they are not installed correctly or if the seal around the door is damaged. If you have a frameless shower door leaking, we recommend contacting a professional to assess the situation and make the necessary repairs.
Are there any special cleaning instructions?
We recommend cleaning with an ammonia-free glass cleaner once a week.
In between this timeframe, squeegee or towel the glass after each use of your shower because if it is not cleaned correctly, mineral deposits will form on its surface, which gives an unwelcoming appearance.
Pros & Cons of Frameless Shower Doors
They Look The Best
A frameless shower door is considered the top in the shower glass category. Their edges aren't covered with any seal or metal, making them look much more elegant than framed options. If you've spent time and money on decorative tile work in the shower, the best way to show it off is with a frameless shower door. Also, their frameless nature allows for unobstructed sightlines inside the bathroom. Giving the bathroom a larger feel.
Their Easy To Clean
The lack of rubber and metal track gives mould and bacteria a harder time adhering to a frameless shower door. Their "all glass look" design makes them much easier to clean.
Let your creativity run wild! Frameless shower doors can be personalized in any style or form; you are not restricted to a specific design or shape.
They're More Expensive
Expect to spend more on a frameless shower door. The thicker glass is one of the main reasons for the price increase. The thicker glass that provides the beautiful "all glass look" everyone is attracted to requires more expensive hardware than its framed counterpart to support the added weight of the frameless door and panels. The added weight also makes them harder to install. This means professional installation is required.
Expect to pay $800.00 - $3000.00 for the material and installation of a frameless shower door. Prices also depend on the glass enclosures size, glass thickness, design and hardware selected. Framed shower doors range anywhere from $600.00 - $1000.00 for the material and installation.
They Can Be Fragile
You should always handle any shower door with care. But the odd time, they've been known to shatter.
Don't emphasize this much when deciding what type of shower door to install. It's been reported that there are two primary reasons for a frameless shower door shattering. The first is improper installation, while the second is slight imperfections that occurred during the fabrication process.
This is why using a professional installation company with experience and commitment to quality work like The Upper Hand | Glass & Closet Products is essential when deciding to go with a frameless shower door.
What is the easiest shower door to keep clean?
A frameless shower door is the easiest to keep clean. The lack of a frame makes cleaning the shower door much easier than a framed one. No more worrying about sludge and soap scum in crevices; you can simply wipe it down quickly!
Can I install a shower door myself?
In short, yes, you can install a shower door yourself. Framed and frameless versions are available in what the industry calls "boxed doors". These doors use a kind of one size fits all approach that comes with everything you need including the glass, hardware etc., in a box and made in China. But have you ever seen all the open boxes (returns)? That's because many people have tried but were either disappointed with the look and it not fitting their enclosure as they imagined or figured out that the installation is not easy. So it's usually not the best idea. Frameless shower doors designed by a professional company are explicitly meant for your enclosure. There measured and ordered to fit your space and your space alone. No two shower door enclosures are the same.
Call or visit today
We invite you to call or visit our showroom if you're considering a frameless shower door for your home. Our experienced team will help you choose the right shower design and answer any questions you may have.
The Upper Hand | Glass & Closet Products is located at 9338 - 49 Street, Edmonton, AB. (Eastgate Business Centre) or call 780.469.2224 ext. 3.