It's no surprise that when it comes to shower enclosures, the glass has the most options to consider. From thickness to type to variety to treatment options. Let's dive into it!
Shower glass comes in a variety of thicknesses. Below are the most common options—but you can get thicker or thinner (see next section).
1/2" thickness glass is considered attractive and elegant – many luxury hotels and high-end custom showers use 1/2". It is heavy and may require extra support in the wall and hinges. The hinges may not last as long due to the stress placed on them by the weight of the glass.
Most semi-framed and frameless shower enclosures end up with the 3/8" thickness. This balances cost and appearance. 3/8" is a typical glass thickness, but may require a top header to give stability to the whole unit. These headers do not spoil the look of the shower.
Dress up your shower door in multiple ways. Colors, patterns, thicknesses, and treatments all can dramatically affect the look of a shower.
The richly textured, three-dimensional character of cast glass adds a beautiful, stunning elegance to your bathroom.
An additional feature is Ultimate Optique; a thermally formed art glass design. A revolutionary kiln casting process integrates the rich textural elements of kiln-formed glass with unobstructed, optically clear areas or patterns, creating an effect that is striking and original. Available for certain types of cast glass enclosures.
Heavy glass provides a modern, contemporary look. The appeal is structural integrity, durability, and to stand out from its peers.
Thin glass shower enclosures allow your bathroom to look spacious, crisp, and modern. Comes in 3/16" thickness—and possibly even less!
Everyone calls standard glass clear, but there is even clearer glass available today. For a truly pristine view, you can purchase low-iron glass without the slight green tint of regular glass. Low-iron glass lets in more visible light than regular window glass, creating a crisper view.
Bring a dash of personality to your shower enclosure.
For a dramatic looking shower, you can add a chipped edge to your heavy glass shower enclosure. A "Chipped Edge" refers to the scalloped edge work on the glass.
Type of Chipped Edge Pattern
- Double-Sided - The glass is chipped both directions, providing an attractive rough edge to the glass. Very non-symmetric.
- Single-Sided - The glass is all chipped one direction
Type of Edge Cut
The shape of the edge of the glass.
- Straight Cut - Typical cut on the glass. No charge.
- Wave Cut - A smooth wave. You can specify the height of the waves and the distance between the peaks and valleys. There are limitations to the steepness of the waves. If they are too extreme, the glass will break when chipping it. Talk to us for full details.
- Jagged Cut - A rougher random cut that complements the chipped edge pattern making it look like a broken edge.
Get your shower enclosure etched! Etching is the process of a design embedded into the glass to create an engraving. Pioneer will provide top-quality etching to help your shower door stand out. What can you get etched?
- Privacy areas – block out sections of the enclosure
- Decorative patterns to add flair or complement other design elements in the shower and/or bathroom
- A logo, perfect for commercial applications
- Highlight the S-curve!
- And more
Dip-Tech Ceramic Digital Printing
Pioneer chooses to work with Dip-Tech for all customized shower enclosures—we consider them the best in the business. Dip-Tech inks are developed by chemistry experts in collaboration with academic institutions.
Whether you want your shower to have a pattern, words, privacy panels, or anything else—it can be done.
Dip-Tech ink is fused into the glass through the tempering processed, and results in glass that can be laminated, bent, and/or double-glazed. These products are environmentally friendly with customizable effects.
Cardinal's Satori® Digital Ceramic In-Glass Printing
Should you elect to move forward with a Cardinal shower enclosure, you can use the Satori process that digitally prints ceramic ink to glass surfaces. The ink is then fused with the glass during a tempering process that results in vivid images. The Satori process increases resistance to chemicals, scratching, UV light, and weathering.
The Cardinal S-Curve is a popular option for adding flair and style to a simple slider. It surprised even us how the simple change dramatically changed the look and feel of the unit.
While the S-Curve is available in our full range of 1/4” or 3/8” glass patterns, from clear to our luxurious Venetian Cast Glass, for the most dramatic effect, we recommend using clear glass which highlights the edge.
- Stock and custom sizes available
- Glass overlaps 1” to 3”
- Installs as easily as our Euro unit with one additional bumper
- Available with our Recessed Finger Pull
- Available with custom etching to highlight the curve
Treatment and Protection
Back up your investment in a shower enclosure with treatment options that will keep it looking like new for years.
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.
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.
See a comparison of Showerguard vs. other types of cleaning (click to expand):