Installing A Glass Shower Enclosure

By Sarah Carmichael on Bathrooms

Installing A Glass Shower Enclosure
Installing A Basco Glass Shower Enclosure

by Sarah Green Carmichael

If you’ve redone a bathroom lately — or even taken a peek inside a home design magazine or coffee table book — you know that one thing all desirable modern bathrooms have is frameless glass showers.

Installing A Glass Shower Enclosure

When we were redoing our upstairs bathroom, we knew we wanted to upgrade from an old tub-and-shower-curtain configuration to a walk-in all-glass shower. Given how beautiful and popular these showers are now, we knew it would add significant value to our home. Like adding a chef-quality stove or a walk-in closet, a gorgeous frameless shower door is an instant upgrade and a smart investment.

Easier to Clean

I was also done with the mess and fuss of shower curtains. Just flat-out done. In my younger, singler days, it didn’t feel like such a big deal to keep the bathroom clean. Every now and then I’d just wipe down a few surfaces, run the toilet brush around the bowl, and be done.

But now that there are two of us using the shower — and one of us is a pretty hairy man (hint: it’s not me) — there’s a lot more involved. I dreaded having to take the shower curtain and liner down, wash them, dry them, and rehang them. (The only thing more cringe-inducing was accidentally touching the grody side of a shower curtain that had gone too long without a wash. I mean, I’m naked in there! I’m vulnerable!)

Installing A Glass Shower Enclosure

Cleaning our new Basco shower door is a snap in comparison. I’ve heard some people complain that glass showers are hard to keep clean, and indeed, in a previous house with a different brand of shower glass, we did have a shower that hadn’t been well-cared for and was covered in hard-to-remove soap scum. But this hasn’t been my experience at all with our Basco shower door. It came pre-treated with AcuaGlideXP, a coating that protects the finish of the glass and makes it resistant to soap scum and water marks. (It comes with a 10-year warranty.) Once a week, I just spritz the glass with their Maintain spray and rub it dry with a microfiber cloth.

Makes a Small Room Feel Bigger

I also knew that an all-glass shower would help our bathroom feel bright and airy. Old houses contain a lot of mysteries, and one of the mysteries of our 1860 New England home was that the upstairs bathroom had been divided into two small rooms, making the space feel very cramped and dark. Resolving this involved a ton of work, time, and expense — pushing one wall back, and tearing out another wall, moving a washer-dryer unit to the basement, and so on. Rebuilding an enclosed shower would have just undone all the work we’d done to open up the space.

An all-glass shower enclosure was the perfect solution — a popular upgrade that would be easy to keep clean and leave the space feeling, well, spacious. To maximize this open feeling, we chose to go with clear glass, but Basco does offer an array of textured glass options if clear glass would leave you feeling too exposed.

The frameless glass of the Thinline collection does the trick of keeping the room feeling sunny and open — there’s more glass (and thus more light) and less metal. I love how now, when I wake up in the morning, I have natural light streaming into the shower. It’s almost as good as a cup of coffee for waking up faster.

Installing A Glass Shower Enclosure

A Spa-Like Feeling at Home

The Basco shower door we installed is, as Goldilocks once said, just right — the 3/16” glass feels thick and solid, for a luxurious, spa-like experience. (It sounds a little silly to say that, but when we show off our new bathroom to friends and relatives — yes, we’ve become those people — more than one has blurted out, “Oh my God, it’s like a spa!” I don’t think they’re just trying to be nice.) The heavy hinges glide super-smoothly, giving the door a high-quality feeling. We went with a chrome finish for the hardware, to match the chrome of our American Standard fixtures, but Basco also offers a wide variety of other hardware finishes, including oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel.

The Basco team did such a nice job with the installation that the door hangs perfectly — it will easily swing open and shut, and is so well balanced that it will stay wherever we put it, eg, partially open or partially closed. This prevents any surprise door-hitting-you-on-the-way-out moments. (I liked the modernity of the swinging door, but Basco also offers more traditional sliding-door options if that is your preference.)

I love our new bathroom, and I hope we won’t be moving anytime soon. But I also like knowing that the upgrades we chose have added long-term value to our home.

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Sarah Carmichael

Sarah Carmichael is a writer and editor living in Carlisle, Massachusetts. She's covered a number of subjects, including business, baseball, politics, history, and culture. She is an avid hiker, gardener, and DIYer, and spends most weekends either climbing mountains or gardening around her 1684 home.

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