Glass shower design isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. You can get custom shower glass doors in a wide range of glass sizes, types, and tints, but what you really want to focus on first is glass thickness. Think you can get by with lightweight, thinner doors? Sure, you can, but you’ll end up replacing them more often.
Shower Glass Panel
As a general rule, a stationary shower glass panel is made out of ½ inch glass. However, for a door that opens and closes, it’s best to use 3/8-inch glass. It’s not about making the shower door thinner; it’s actually making the panel thicker.
Custom shower glass doors rely on hinges that are strong enough to support ½ inch glass. But when only 3/8 inch glass is used for the door, you’ll find that hinges operate better, easier and longer. Why? It’s simply because they’re not taxed or burdened to their limits.
Hinging to a Wall
Many times, because of a variety of circumstances, the shower door cannot be hinged to a wall, which is generally the best way to support the weight. When this is the case, a professional shower door installer will typically hinge the door off another shower glass panel. Making the shower glass panel thicker, heavier and stronger will effectively support the weight of the door. This way, the door will open and close with ease, and there will be no extra stress on the hardware.
Glass shower design is typically made with tempered glass, given its safety value. It’s made by heating flat glass to approach its softening temperature and quickly chilling it with cold air. This process produces highly desirable conditions of induced stress and results in additional strength, resistance. This means it will never break into sharp, jagged edges, but rather, it forms small oval pebbles.
It only takes one moment for a shower glass panel or door to break or shatter. If you build custom shower glass doors RIGHT from the beginning, they’ll be safer and will last longer no matter how often the shower is used on a daily basis. When you choose to save a bit of money by choosing thinner glass you’re actually putting your safety at risk.