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Luxury Custom Shower Glass Panels: Investments in Modern Home Design

Aug 2, 2023 1:06:00 PM / by Greg Martell


When it comes to modern home designs, one rising trend is the installation of large, luxurious, eco-conscious, and safer showers for adults. 

These aren't your run-of-the-mill showers; they're standout bathroom features that add value and comfort to any home. 

At the heart of this trend are custom shower glass panels, a product that offers a wealth of benefits for architects, interior designers, and commercial installers working on shower enclosures.

They're the unsung heroes of bathroom design, often overlooked last-minute decor decisions – but they shouldn't be. These panels offer incredible design flexibility, with their ability to adapt color and patterns to suit any aesthetic preferences.


Custom Shower Glass Panels: Keep Customers Happy

The key is to think of the shower as a major component of the bathroom design, and not as a last-second decor decision. Make choices ahead of time about:

  • Frameless glass shower design vs. framed or semi-framed
  • Flat walk-in vs. curbed
  • Aesthetic appeal

Working with an experienced manufacturer, you can procure custom glass shower enclosures installed with amazing precision – tolerances can be as little as 1/16th of an inch. 

Custom shower glass panels offer several other advantages, too, from the type and functionalities of the glass to the little things that make a big difference, such as fitting unique spaces, accommodating cutouts, and molding around existing tiles for a seamless look.

Take careful measurements, keeping tile, marble, or stone elements in mind, and then work with a custom glass manufacturer who can meet the demanding requirements of the end user.


Custom Glass Manufacturers Deliver High-End Shower Enclosures

A custom glass manufacturer has the background, expertise, skill, technology, and equipment to produce high-quality glass that looks stunning in any shower enclosure design. 

When designing or renovating bathrooms, partnering with a custom glass manufacturer for shower enclosures is highly recommended. 

Their expertise, skills, advanced technology, and top-of-the-range equipment are key to producing high-quality glass. After all, the ultimate goal is to provide a shower design that not only serves its purpose but also delights customers for years to come.

Instead of trying to fit the shower design to available products, a custom manufacturer works hard to offer options to fit the design instead: 

  1. Fitting specific design requirements
  2. Cutting to exact dimensions
  3. Making precise cutouts
  4. Adding finishing touches


1. Fitting Specific Design Requirements

Decorators and contractors have greater flexibility with tinted glass or decorative obscure glass. 

Tinted glass options such as bronze or grey can add a luxurious feel.

Low-Iron glass, on the other hand, provides crystal clear views to highlight tiles and hardware.

Patterned glass, such as Berman glass, bubble glass, acid-etched, German antique, or rain glass, can add depth and beauty.

2. Cutting To Exact Dimensions

Custom glass can be cut into several shapes and dimensions to meet unique project needs. 

If the stonework and other shower components were installed poorly, you want glass that can complement and mask any errors, and contribute to an overall polished design.

3. Making Precise Cutouts

Let the manufacturer know what you need for hinges, hardware, or other design elements for glass shower doors.

Make sure to submit drawings that show hinge templates and a view from the exterior of the shower enclosure.

4. Adding Finishing Touches

Custom glass manufacturers utilize a variety of fabricating machines to provide shower glass enclosures that are edged, v-grooved, and beveled.


What Type of Custom Glass is Best for Shower Enclosures?

Custom glass decisions should be made based on usage, safety requirements, and visual design needs. The most popular types of custom shower glass?

  • Tempered glass
  • Low-iron glass
  • Coated glass


Tempered Glass

Most showers require tempered glass, which is available in a variety of colors and patterns to satisfy just about any aesthetic requirement. 

Tempered glass is the strongest type of glass. If the glass were to shatter, it would break into smaller and less jagged pieces than standard, annealed glass – thus reducing the chances of severe lacerations and injuries upon breakage.


Low-iron Glass

Low-iron glass is also a popular choice for shower glass panels as it maintains its absolute clear tint no matter how thick a piece is. Traditional clear glass tends to display a green/blue hue in thicker pieces. 

Even very thick pieces of low-iron glass maintain superior clarity and allow more light to seamlessly pass through, allowing for no visual obstructions.

Coated Glass

Manufacturers often opt for coated glass in shower enclosures due to the myriad benefits it offers. 

Foremost, a coated glass surface is water-repellent, reducing the chances of water spots and mineral deposits that can mar the beauty of the glass over time. This superior stain resistance simplifies maintenance and enhances the enclosure's overall appearance. 

Additionally, some coated glasses come with an anti-glare feature that ensures clarity, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of shower enclosures. 

One great example of a coated glass designed for a specific purpose is ShowerGuard. It's baked into the glass to provide permanent protection against corrosion, staining, and the ugly build-up of soap and mineral particles. 


Transforming Homes with Custom Shower Glass Panels

Custom shower glass panels are much more than a material choice -- they're a decision that can completely transform a bathroom. Whether you're an industry professional or a homeowner, knowing the ins and outs of these panels and the benefits they offer is essential. Hopefully, we've helped shed some light on this topic. And remember: custom glass shower panels are not just a trend -- they're a long-term investment in quality, luxury, and sustainable home design.

Showers are the perfect place for relaxation and comfort. With custom glass enclosures, they can also be a centerpiece of bathroom decor that delights your customers for years to come.


Work With Us For Your Next Shower Project

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(Editor's note: This article was originally published in September 2019 and was recently updated.)

Topics: Glass, Custom Glass, Shower Enclosures

Written by Greg Martell