Shower Enclosures


Some shower enclosures require a top header for stability – they do not spoil the look of the shower.  

Headers are generally used when a glass panel is attached to an adjoining glass door. As the door moves, the glass panel is being asked to carry the weight of the shower door.

A header helps relieve tension to prevent weakening of the panel, door, and connection over time.


Shower glass hardware knobs, pulls, and pull handles come in many different finishes to fit your designed bathroom look.

  • Knobs offer a small, unobtrusive way to open and close a shower. They are a traditional option offering both simplicity and enough leverage to move the door.
  • Pulls are quite modern and tend to be used with a recessed finger: you put your finger inside the pull and use it to move the door. Pulls can be combined with a towel bar.
  • Pull handles are more overt and there are lot of varieties of handles in styles, shapes, and colors. You can get handles in metal or even glass.


Towel bars are most traditionally placed on the exterior shower door but in some instances, interior bars are possible. Towel bars can also be integrated with pulls and pull handles to reduce the amount of separate hardware on the shower door.

Towel bars are not a necessity – you can have an alternate solution, whether hooks or a mounted bar on an exterior wall, shower wall, or shower door. Keep in mind the towel bar – and towels that will go on that bar – matter in aesthetics.


Traditional hinges act like a door in your home – two or three separate hinges spread out. Continuous hinges run the length of the door with a self-centering mechanism to return to a closed position. Hinges are a frequent component of heavy glass shower enclosures.

Hinges can have stops removed to swing in and out; most customers elect for the door to swing out only. One advantage to a double swing is that you can open the door in the inward position to drip dry. Doors that only swing inward are not up to national building codes.

Exposure Testing Shower Enclosure Glass ShowerGuard


Surface Treatment

Adding a surface protectant to a shower enclosure during installation reduces cleaning frequency and intensity. Surface protectants come with a 10-year warranty and repel water, oil, and is resistant to UV exposure. You can view manufacturer information, recommendations, and a FAQ here.

Manufactured Glass Protection

Water contains many minerals which can slowly pit and discolor glass. For the most maintenance-free shower glass, the permanent protective layer of Guardian Showerguard® will hold up for years and years.

Shower enclosure etched for privacy
Cardinal Shower chipped edge option
S-Curve with custom etching to highlight the curve
Cast Glass Shower Enclosure - Ultimate Optique


Etching is the process of a design embedded into the glass to create an engraving or for privacy. See how.


Add a chipped edge to your heavy glass shower enclosure for a dramatic look. See how.


A popular option to add flair and style to a slider. Learn more.


Ultimate Optique is a stunning form of art glass integrating the rich textural elements of kiln-formed glass. See options.

Pioneer Glass can help create the shower you desire.


Visit our showroom and view our four-sided shower enclosure on display, plus many other great glass products such as mirrors, patterned glass, and more! Our showroom is staffed by patient and knowledgable advisers should you seek advice.
We can give you as many options as you can handle in samples. We're happy to provide free estimates of all work, and will take precise measurements of the product and your space to ensure the perfect fit.
Call us today at (508) 234-7063 or send us an e-mail. Our showroom is located at 240 Church St., Whitinsville, MA 01588 – minutes from Rts. 90, 122, 146, and 290.


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