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5 Key Factors in Choosing the Perfect Glass Shower Door

Jul 25, 2013 9:13:00 AM Posted by: Laura Barefoot
Glass shower doorHave you always desired that seamless glass door look for your shower? Of course! The only problem is you don't know where to begin. Here are some simple factors that you should take into consideration when you begin "window" shopping.

1. Budget

Although this isn't the fun part, it is where you need to begin. Thankfully many companies, like ourselves, supply estimates to simplify this process for you! You will be on your way to selecting the perfect shower door in no time. No matter the budget you will soon have that great aesthetic feel you've always wanted. But forget that for now… let's get down to the fun stuff!

2. Functionality

When deciding what door you would like to install, you have to take into consideration how it will function. Where is your shower or tub located in the bathroom? What are the walls made of? Where are the supporting studs? The answers to these questions help determine the maximum weight of the glass the walls can support. Therefore it will narrow down your decision on what type of door you would like and what would look best in your bathroom.

3. Available Space

Next you should look at the available space you have to work with. How do you want the space to feel inside of the shower? Depending on how your shower/tub is laid out already will determine what kind of door should be installed. The goal is to make the shower feel more spacious and for the functionality to make clear sense.

4. Upkeep

As I am sure you all know, the look of a glass shower door pales in comparison to the other options. But do you know how different choices will determine your upkeep? Sealed glass doors will keep the moisture in and therefore will require more cleaning. Although, a sealed door is also great because of all the heat it retains while showering. On the other hand, a shower door with space above the door will allow it to ventilate and the shower can dry easily.  That is what is great about a glass shower door. You have options!

5. Personal Style


This is our favorite part! Whether you're designing from scratch, remodeling, or upgrading a starter shower, you'll want to choose colors, finishes and glass types that will suit your personal style. Of these considerations, glass type is the most important. For example, clear glass doors are more suitable to darker spaces, as they allow more light to reach the shower. If lighting isn't a concern, you may consider milkier glass types, as they provide a more private shower experience.

6. Glass Shower Doors Are Awesome (Oops… did we say there are only 5?)

Really, once you have one you won't want to go back.

Here's Why:

Glass shower doors are designed to keep water in, shower doors allow for a hassle-free after-shower experience, eliminating the need for drying the leakage often associated with shower curtains. This means less time wasted with unnecessary cleaning, and more time devoted to the essential aspects of your daily routine. Shower doors also contribute to overall bathroom safety. As less water escapes into the floor, you'll have less chance of slipping on your way out of the shower.
Do you already have a shower door or are you looking for the perfect one? Tell us about your experience in owning or searching! You can post on our Facebook, mention us on Twitter or share with us on Google+!


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As the Quality Assurance Representative and Marketing Manager for three years, Laura oversees and manages all aspects of the company's quality assurance system  as a  NHQ Certified contractor for Quality Assurance. Furthermore, she designs and manages custom closets and is the New Construction Builder Design Center Liaison. Laura brings exceptional marketing expertise to the company and lives the company’s mission statement. She holds a BS in Marketing from Clemson University and an MBA in Sports Business Management from San Diego State University.  Laura's professional...  VIEW FULL BIO HERE

Topics: Shower Doors, How To

Proper Mirror and Glass Installation: For Your Safety

Jan 24, 2012 3:22:00 PM Posted by: Laura Barefoot

By Bill Green

Mirrors & GlassWhat's a bathroom without mirrors in the all the right places? Mirrors are used functionally as well as aesthetically in great bathroom designs; they can be used to enhance a decorative style, reflect more light and to give the appearance of a larger space.  Yet, improperly installed mirrors can pose a major safety threat to your family.  

There are two common methods for hanging bathroom mirrors: mastic adhesives and mechanical fasteners

Mastic adhesive is a bond-like substance applied to the wall to hold the mirror in place. When the mirror is hung, it generally sets within 10 minutes, yet takes up to 24 hours to cure. There are many factors that may cause safety concerns with the mastic adhesive approach, including room temperature, whether the room is well ventilated, the weight of the mirror and the stability of the surface on which it is being attached.  Various conditions could cause the adhesive to loosen.  Barefoot and Company recommends (and routinely follow its own advice) that all mirror installations be performed using a back-up method alongside the glue - mechanical fasteners.

There are a variety of fasteners that have been specifically designed to hold mirrors upright. We strongly recommend that every mirror be mounted to the wall mechanically with J-channel, clips, or a combination thereof. 

Safety Tips: 

  1. Be certain your bathroom is well ventilated and free of dust and dirt prior to the glue application
  2. If you are hanging a heavy mirror, be certain you have the appropriate support parts clearly identified for the weight of your mirror. 
  3. Seek a professional installer to assist with your mirrors. When it comes to the safety of your family, peace of mind is everything. 

Get Professional Help for Safety

We recommend consulting a professional to help select and recommend placement of bath accessories and mirrors.  These professionals can also ensure your products are installed and mounted correctly and safely. At Barefoot and Company, we are always here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Topics: Mirrors & Specialty Glass, How To

How to Clean Your Glass Shower Door

Mar 2, 2011 5:07:00 PM Posted by: Laura Barefoot

Start Your Day in Luxury ... Every Day

After all, the bathroom is where you begin each morning. 

As a supplier and installer of Shower doors and enclosures for the past 35 years, we have seen a LOT of showers! And one of the biggest complaints we've heard is how difficult it can be to keep the shower clean.

Clean Shower VideoDifferent folks have different relationships with their showers.  Some of you may have purchased your home from a previous owner, and thus you've "inherited" some soap scum that just won't come off. Others of you may have purchased your home brand new, and you've watched your shower grime up over time.  Either way, we want to show you a few simple proactive steps to maintaining a clean shower.

We've produced a Video entitled "Is Your Old, Dirty Shower Door Cutting It?" We'd like to invite you to check it out - as we offer two really easy tips for keeping your glass shower door sparkling clean.

Topics: Shower Doors, Video, How To