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Framed Shower Glass Enclosures: Frequently Asked Questions

Aug 7, 2013 8:24:00 AM Posted by: Laura Barefoot

by Laura Barefoot


Framed Shower GlassWhat is a framed glass shower enclosure?

When referring to glass shower enclosures, the word "framed" is used to distinguish this type of shower enclosure from semi-frameless and frameless enclosures. In a framed enclosure, the glass door panel is supported by a metal frame that provides stability and structure. The metal frames are available in an assortment of finishes, and the glass itself is available in a variety of styles.

How is it installed?

Your new framed glass shower enclosure is expertly installed by Barefoot & Company’s professionals who have a wealth of experience in this type of installation. Our professionals verify measurements and check for and prevent gaps that can cause destructive water damage. They seal relevant areas as necessary with precision application.

Does it leak?

No. When properly installed by our experts, a framed glass shower enclosure does not leak and can be expected to last for years with little or no maintenance. Since correct measuring and proper installation are critical to the performance of the shower enclosure, this is not a job for the do-it-yourselfer.

What are the benefits?

Apart from their aesthetic appeal, shower enclosures – whether framed, semi-frameless or frameless – serve the very practical need of acting as effective water shields to keep water off the bathroom floor. An advantage of the framed enclosures in particular is that the initial cost is often less than semi-frameless and frameless models. Homeowners who want to highlight and accentuate metal finishes in the bath often choose framed enclosures so that they can coordinate and complement all the bathroom hardware for a unified look.

Is it available in custom sizes and shapes?

Yes and no.  You can design a framed shower glass enclosure in virtually any height, width and shape within the limitations of your current space. For example, the shower width and shape is really determined by how the actual shower unit is laid out. It is not feasible to put a new framed shower in a space where there are no angles greater than 90 degrees. Also, you cannot put a corner shower in a space that is between two walls. 

Custom shaped showers are possible, but you need to make sure it is accounted for in the design and build.  We can show you the various options during an on-site design consultation which, along with our estimate, is free. 

What finishes are available to choose from?

There is an attractive assortment of stylish metal finishes available for your framed shower enclosure. These include chrome, aged pewter, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, gold, platinum, bone and black. The glass you choose can be clear or obscure with a number of tints, patterns and textures.

Is the framed glass shower enclosure available in different thicknesses?

Our framed shower glass is installed with 1/4 inch glass. 

Do you have additional questions you would like to have answered?

We would love to hear your questions or comments about Framed Shower glass enclosures. Please leave us a note below, and we will happily answer any additional questions you may have. 

 

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Laura BarefootLaura Barefoot

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: FAQ, Shower Doors

Semi-Frameless Shower Glass Enclosures: Frequently Asked Questions

Aug 1, 2013 8:57:00 AM Posted by: Laura Barefoot

Semi Frameless Shower Door EnclosureWhat is a semi-frameless glass shower enclosure?

A semi-frameless shower enclosure consists of tempered safety glass with a header on top of the unit for increased stability. Unlike the door of the framed enclosure, the semi-frameless door has no channel at the top or bottom, or on the handle side. It is a smart choice if you want the elegance of a frameless glass shower enclosure but have design or budget constraints.

How is it installed?

Our experienced installation experts install your semi-frameless glass shower enclosure perfectly the first time, usually in only a few hours.

Does it leak?

No. You do not have to worry about any leakage issues when Barefoot & Company’s professionals install your semi-frameless shower enclosure. Our experts ensure a smoothly operating leak-free enclosure for many years to come.

What are the benefits?

The semi-frameless shower enclosure provides space-saving design and can be installed in situations where other enclosures would not fit. It gives your bathroom the open, sophisticated look of a frameless shower at a more affordable price point. Not just good looking, it is practical because it is water tight and easily cleaned. This enclosure complements any design style.

Is it available in custom sizes and shapes?

Yes and no.  You can design a semi-framless shower glass enclosure in virtually any height, width and shape within the limitations of your current space. For example, the shower width and shape is really determined by how the actual shower unit is laid out. It is not feasible to put a new semi-frameless shower in a space where there are no angles greater than 90 degrees. Also, you cannot put a corner shower in a space that is between two walls. 

Custom shaped showers are possible, but you need to make sure it is accounted for in the design and build.  We can show you the various options during an on-site design consultation which, along with our estimate, is free.

What types of finishes are available to choose from?

We have an array of lustrous metal finishes for you to choose from, including aged pewter, oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel, gold, chrome, platinum, black and bone. We have numerous styles of clear or tinted glass in various patterns and levels of privacy.

Is the semi-frameless glass shower enclosure available in different thicknesses?

Standard thicknesses for semi-frameless glass enclosures are ¼ inch.

Do you have additional questions you would like to have answered?

We would love to hear your questions or comments about Semi-Frameless Shower glass enclosures. Please leave us a note below, and we will happily answer any additional questions you may have.

 

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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

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Bathroom Safety: Safe and Clean Showers

Jul 30, 2013 10:15:00 AM Posted by: Laura Barefoot

By Laura Barefoot

Shower Glass Safety

Tempered Shower GlassTempered shower glass, otherwise know as safety glass, is the only type of glass permitted by law for bathroom shower installations. Tempered glass provides a safe design due to its pre-treatment using extreme heat and rapid cooling. When broken, tempered glass will never break into sharp, jagged edges, but rather shatters into small oval pebbles.  

Tips: 

  1. Extreme heat conditions such fire will cause your tempered glass to shatter.
  2. Never cut or drill your shower glass as it will shatter.
  3. Tempered glass does not protect glass clarity or prevent hard-water stains. After cleaning your shower, you can apply a surface sealer protectant (we offer and recommend BriteGuard).  Additionally, upon installation, your shower glass can be treated with EnduroShieldTM to protect against soil adhesion and glass corrosion. 

 

Keeping Your Shower Glass Clean 

You may have purchased your home from a previous owner, and thus you've "inherited" some soap scum that just won't come off. Or, 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.

EnduroShield Glass Protectant

EnduroShield is a permanent, ultra-thin, transparant coating which seals the glass surface, helping to protect against etching and staining from hard water, lime scaling and soap scum.  Similar to the non-stick surface of a frying pan, a one time, permanent application of EnduroShield makes cleaning with water and a mild cleaner up to 90% easier and more effective.  With regular and proper cleaning, glass maintains its "like new" appeal with less cleaning effort for many years. EnduroShield also helps promote amore hygienic, healthier shower environment by deterring the build-up of mold and harmful bacteria.

Self-Application Glass Product

Barefoot and Company recommends a self-application product - BriteGuard Surface Protection. BriteGuard Surface Sealer can be applied safely and as often as you please to both smooth and rough glass surfaces to protect against soil adhesion and glass corrosion. Application is achieved in three easy steps - using a spray bottle applicator or a cotton pad! To purchase BriteGuard Surface Sealer for your glass or ceramic glazed surfaces, please call at 704.821.7688 or email us at Contact@BarefootandCompany.com.

 

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Laura BarefootLaura Barefoot

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, Bathroom Accessories

Frameless Shower Glass Enclosures: Frequently Asked Questions

Jul 29, 2013 8:01:00 AM Posted by: Laura Barefoot

by Laura Barefoot

Frameless Shower Glass DoorWhat is a frameless glass shower enclosure?

A frameless shower enclosure is made of strong, tempered and polished safety glass. Since the glass is thicker than "framed" enclosures (those with metal frames), the glass requires minimal framing to support it. Metal is only used to secure the panels. Many consumers prefer the sleek, contemporary look of a frameless enclosure.

How is it installed?

Barefoot & Company’s highly qualified installation team installs your frameless glass shower enclosure to exacting specifications, ensuring a perfect fit and a leak-free installation. We trust no one but our own experienced experts to do this type of installation, which is something that requires accuracy and leaves very little room for error.

Does it leak?

No. When they are professionally installed, frameless shower enclosures do not "leak" and can provide you with years of worry-free service. These durable shower enclosures perform exceptionally well and operate smoothly even with rigorous daily use.  Although the shower does not “leak” per se, but water may get out because the lack of frame creates a gap in between the shower glass and the curb.  For example, if you open the door when it is wet water may drip off from the door to the floor…This is the nature of a frameless shower.

What are the benefits?

The first thing you will notice about a frameless shower enclosure is its clean lines and distinctive, elegant appearance. Frameless enclosures enhance architectural interest in the bathroom and can add to the value of your home. Beyond the obvious aesthetic advantage, frameless shower enclosures eliminate the need for thick metal framing and often last longer than framed enclosures since there is no metal to discolor or corrode. They are remarkably easy to maintain, and only require occasional use of a rubber squeegee to retain their “like new” condition.

Is it available in custom sizes and shapes?

Yes, frameless showers can be custom fabricated in a wide range of configurations to suit your needs. During your free in-home consultation, a Barefoot & Company design representative will go over all the available options and provide your with a free estimate. Note: Custom shapes and sizes are dependant on the space we have to work with. We will guide you in the consultation stage about all the options.    

What types of glass are available to choose from?

Select from a diverse assortment of glass styles, ranging from plain or tinted clear glass to styles that will bring to mind frost and ice; glass resembling a waterfall; charming antique-looking glass, and everything in between.

Is the frameless glass shower enclosure available in different thicknesses?

Barefoot and Company supplies and installs 3/8” thick glass in our frameless showers.

Click here to Contact us for a Free Estimate or In-Home Consultation regarding your Shower Glass Enclosure.

 

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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: FAQ, Shower Doors

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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Laura BarefootLaura Barefoot

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

Glass and Metal Finish Options for Shower Doors

Jul 24, 2013 9:33:00 AM Posted by: Laura Barefoot

Be prepared to be amazed by the glass shower door and metal frame options we offer for one of the most hard-working rooms in your home. Gone are the days of one or two metal choices and plain clear glass for your shower remodel. Now you can customize a shower to fit your style and taste perfectly and compliment the entire bath environment you’re planning to create.

Framed and Semi-Frameless Metal Choices

Like statement-making pieces of jewelry, your shower frame choice can be that extra bling that will make your bath shine. Pick from these finishes that look like precious metals, but feature up-to-the-minute stain and rust resistant features that ensure your new shower’s beauty will endure. Care was taken in selecting these metal finishes, designed to coordinate with the fixtures and accessories in your bath.describe the image

  • Aged Pewter Finish
  • Black Finish
  • Bone Finish
  • Brushed Nickel Finish
  • Chrome Finish
  • Gold Finish
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish
  • Platinum Finish
  • White Finish
  • Wrought Iron Finish

 

Shower Glass Choices

Nothing makes a bathroom shine like sparkling shower glass. Of course crystal clear is a top choice, but now you can express yourself and set your bath apart with a myriad of glass styles. Choose from varying levels of obscurity and color, plus textures ranging from subtle to elegant and active patterns that really pop!

  • Aquaview Glassdescribe the image
  • Bronze Glass
  • Bubbles Glass
  • Clear Glass
  • Double Satin Etch Glass
  • Glue Chip Glass
  • Grey Glass
  • Master Carre Glass
  • Master Point Glassdescribe the image
  • Niagra Glass
  • Obscure Glass

 

 

Want to know more about the metal frame and glass shower door choices that will make your bath truly unique? Simply contact us for a free in-home consultation. When it comes to remodeling, the glass professionals at Barefoot & Company are the clear choice. We’ve been making homes shine in the greater Charlotte area since 1971.

 

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Laura BarefootLaura Barefoot

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, semi-frameless showers

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

Steam Showers - Trendy and Healthy

Jan 21, 2011 8:26:00 PM Posted by: Laura Barefoot
Steam ShowersWith more homeowners turning their bathrooms into their own spa like retreats we thought this month we would talk about the beauty and benefits of steam showers. With so many technological advances, ordinary showers are becoming a thing of the past as the evolution of bathroom design takes shape and meets health and wellness.

Each year there are more and more shower designs available to accommodate almost every need and budget. However homeowners may not realize that by transforming their bathroom with a steam shower they are also utilizing an ancient practice in wellness and healing. For centuries steam has been used for medicinal purposes all over the world by many different cultures.

The use of steam as well as heat, aids in soothing sore, tense and tired muscles which is great after a strenuous work out or just a trying day at the office. Steam also provides amazing relief for those with arthritis by relaxing stiff joints and alleviating joint pain.

Benefits
    •    Stress reduction
    •    Relief from stiff muscles and joints
    •    Sinus congestion relief
    •    Improved Blood Circulation
    •    Cleansed Pores
    •    Enhanced Immune System
    •    Aids Insomnia
    •    Increases REM
    •    Common Cold Relief
    •    Detoxification

Luxurious steam showers are an excellent addition to any home providing therapeutic relief as well as adding an elegant modern look to your bathroom. Contact Barefoot and Company today for more information on our wide range of shower accessories and options.

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Topics: Shower Doors