Shower Doors
Shower Buying Guide

What's In This Guide?

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    Know the Basics:

    What is a frameless glass shower? Is it safe? Durable? Easy to clean? Is it a good choice for me? We'll help you decide in step 1

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    Your Bathroom Project:

    Are you remodeling a bathroom or replacing an existing shower door? This will determine what shape of shower door you should get.

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    Shower Type:

    What shape of shower do you want? We'll go over the most common shapes and explain the benefits to you.

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    Shower Layout:

    What configuration will you need for your shower? We'll explain factors that influence the cost and look of your shower, like steam shower transoms, the types of walls around your enclosure, and the types of hinges to choose.

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    How to Measure Your Shower Enclosure:

    We’ll explain how to pre-measure your shower space and what you need to know about your shower size.

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    Customizable Options:

    We'll show you the wide variety of glass thicknesses and types; hardware finishes and door handle styles; and other options to easily create the shower of your dreams.

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    Making it Happen:

    We'll explain the process from start to finish, and getting your shower enclosure installed quickly and easily!

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    Our installation teams make the process go fast and smooth, following our COVID-19 safety guidelines.



What is a Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure?

Frameless glass shower doors from Dulles Glass are glass panels with a door that do not have a metal frame. They are made from strong 3/8" to 1/2" thick tempered glass, making the enclosure sturdy and structurally sound.

Frameless Glass Shower Benefits:
  • Modern - Both the look and function of Dulles Glass shower doors are a far cry from the shower doors of old. No more screeching and rattling, Dulles glass doors slide and open quietly. And the look is very up-to-date.

  • Safe - No worries about safety here. Our premium glass shower enclosures are made of thick, high-quality glass - much thicker, in fact, than your standard framed showers.

  • Adds Value to Your Home - Research shows that updating your shower enclosure along with the rest of your bathroom modernizes your space and increases its value in the eyes of potential appraisers and buyers.

  • Easy Maintenance - Say goodbye to moldy shower curtains and moldy crevices. Dulles Glass shower doors are easier to clean than framed shower doors, since there are no tracks to clean out. During our design process you can add ClearShield, a treatment that bonds to glass to make the water "bead" on your shower, keeping it clean and clear for many years.

  • Unmatched Beauty - Our customers love the sleek, modern beauty of their frameless glass showers. The frameless look has less visual clutter, showcases your beautiful tilework, and allows for lots of light.

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Are You Remodeling Your Bathroom
or Replacing an Existing Shower?

When choosing a glass shower enclosure, the first thing you need to consider is what type of project you are doing. Remodeling or replacing your shower? Or adding a glass screen/door to your bathtub enclosure?

With Dulles Glass you have many custom options to choose from, to match your color scheme and give you edge to edge glass. Essentially, the sky's the limit! So read on in this guide; we can help you custom-build the shower of your dreams.

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What type of shower door do you want?

After you have the "lay of the land," you'll next want to choose a shower type. If you're a remodeler, you can probably choose from any of the shapes as you design your new bathroom space. If you have an existing shower, you'll most likely need to choose one that looks the most like your current shower. Here are some examples of the most common shower types.

  • SOLO - Single Shower Doors

    These heavy glass shower doors are typically the only glass element on a shower enclosure, with tile on the remaining 3 sides, and are perfect for a stand-in shower in a smaller space.

  • PRIMA - Door & Panel Shower Doors

    Prima shower doors are perfect when the opening of your shower is greater than 33 inches. A single door is combined with an additional glass panel, which can be either a full panel or a "knee-in" panel, meaning the wall can extend into the panel.

  • METRO - Sliding Shower Doors

    Sliding shower doors can be installed as full panels or shorter panels over a bathtub. Dulles Glass sliding shower doors also work with proprietary sliding mechanisms for smooth, soundless opening and closing.

  • CANTO - Corner Shower Doors

    Canto showers usually consist of two glass walls that allow for plenty of natural light, and make the bathroom look more open and airy. Sometimes one side of a corner shower will have what is known as a knee- or half-wall, where the bottom half will be a tiled wall.

  • TELA - Shower Door Screens

    Shower screens are fixed glass panels that offer relevance and staying power for the long haul. Walk-in showers impact space with openness and ease.

  • Bathtub Enclosures - Bathtub Doors & Screens

    Bathtub enclosures are glass doors that can fully swing open or fixed glass panels. They are a great way to break up the space in the bathroom without creating a sense of so much enclosure.

  • LUXE - Right Angle or Neo Angle Shower Doors

    90-degree shower doors have two glass walls meeting at a right angle to form a square or rectangle. Neo-angle doors are diamond shaped with three glass sides and two tile walls.

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Single Shower Doors
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Door & Panel Shower Doors
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Sliding Shower Doors
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Corner Shower Doors
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Shower Screens
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Bathtub Enclosures
Bathtub Doors & Screens
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Neo Angle Showers

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What configuration will you need for your shower?

Once you know what shape your new shower is going to be, you will need to figure out the shower layout. These choices will affect the look and the cost of your shower during the quote process. You’ll need to know 3 things about your new shower enclosure to get an accurate quote:

Door Opening & Hinge Attachment:

Glass shower doors can open to the left or right, and the hinges can be attached to the wall, or to another pane of glass, depending on how your shower is set up. If hinges are attached to two pieces of glass, the cost may be a little higher, because these are a little more complicated to install.

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Full & Half Walls:

For many of the shower shapes, you can have a variety of full and half -or knee walls. After you've chosen a shower shape, we'll show you all the most common configurations and you'll be able to choose the one that looks and fits best for your enclosure. If you don't see the right configuration online, don't worry - we can help custom build the right shower configuration. You can chat with us or call 1-866-452-7707 from Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, EST.

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Steam Shower:

All of our shower types, from corner showers to sliding showers can be built with a full enclosure, or transom at the top. The transom glass panel can be opened to allow steam to escape, or closed, to keep the steam in. You can also choose not to have the transom, which provides an open, airy look.

Explore shower types or live chat with us.

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How to Measure Your Shower Enclosure

When you start the online customization process to request an instant price, we'll ask you for measurements for your shower. The more accurate your measurements, the more accurate your shower door quote will be. The shower layout you’ve chosen includes a diagram that shows you what measurements you'll need to take and then enter to display your shower door price.

But, if you're not exactly sure about this step don't worry, we’ll quote the standard price and double-check your measurements when scheduled for your free measurement appointment as part of our service to you - so you'll be certain to get the right size. Are you ready to get started? Get a Quote now!

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Customizable Options

Want a shower that you can make entirely yours?

Want a shower that you can make entirely yours? Dulles Glass gives you the widest range of customizations available. Here are a few ways you can customize your frameless shower:

Glass Thickness

Dulles Glass showers are all made from thick, high-quality glass, available in ⅜” and ½” thicknesses for your shower enclosure.

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Three-eighth-inch thick glass is the thinnest thickness size that can be used in frameless showers to sound quality construction.

It's also more budget-friendly than half-inch glass. However, it's still thicker than your average framed shower enclosure glass, and it's strong and sturdy to boot.

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Premium half-inch thick glass offers the greatest structural integrity and durability. It's the same kind of glass used for storefronts. It not only looks more impressive but also has a more substantial feel.

Choosing this option will add some cost to your overall budget, but many customers like the added safety and quality that this glass thickness provides.

Glass Types

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Clear Glass

Our standard clear glass is the most budget friendly option for your shower enclosure.

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HD Glass

The highest-quality, clearest glass you can buy for your shower. Manufactured with a reduced iron content. Exceptional clarity with a less greenish tint makes it’s colorless appearance the bathroom shower looks larger. True colors of shower tile can be seen from outside of the shower.

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Opaque-Clear Glass

Etched glass provides a little bit more privacy by obscuring the view through the glass, and is a unique and attractive option for your shower enclosure. Produced by sand blasting regular glass, only one side of.

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Gray Glass

A cooler, charcoal color option for shower door. The beautiful gray tint adds to the privacy of your shower enclosure and is as unique and durable as a standard glass.

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Rain Glass

Beautiful patterned glass that looks like falling rain. This type of glass creates a sense of privacy while allowing light in. The inside surface is smooth and easy to clean.

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Bronze Glass

A rich, smoky-bronze color option for shower doors that is both durable and attractive. The bronze tint adds to the privacy of your shower enclosure.

Glass Surface Protection

Protect your shower glass with ClearShield, an effective treatment for your glass that ensures your shower glass remains as clean and shiny as installation day. With proper maintenance it can last up to 10 years.

Hardware Finishes

One exciting option to choose are the hardware finish colors. We offer a wide variety, so you can be sure to match the rest of your bathroom décor.

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Attachment Hardware Type

When planning your frameless shower, you can choose either to build your frameless shower with premium-grade metal clips or you can choose to build it with U-channels (long rails your glass panels sit in).

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Metal Clamps/Clips

Metal clips are used to create a true frameless appearance. These two-inch heavy clips secure the glass panels of your frameless shower to a floor, wall or another glass panel, preserving an all-glass look. They are also very hygienic, as the clips go all the way through the glass.

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U-Channels are long rails that your glass panels sit in. Typically used when you have an acrylic tub or shower base.

Shower Door Handles

One exciting option to choose is your hardware finishes. We offer a wide variety so you can be sure to match the rest of your bathroom décor.

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We Work Hard to Get it Right for You!

Once you know what you want it's easy to get to the next step on your road to a beautiful, spa-like bathroom. Here are some steps you can take:

Build Your Shower Online & Get an
Instant Price Quote

Check out our online instant quotes!

Simply choose your shower favorite shower type, then choose a shower layout, input basic pre-measurements (we’ll help!) and then choose from our custom options so your shower is just the way you want it.

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After you get your instant price quote, you can check out online to get your shower project kicked off. But no worries, we completely understand that you might not be a shower expert, so you don’t need to be concerned if you chose the wrong options or entered only approx. measurements during the instant quote online process. We’re here to help and will make sure your shower is exactly what you want it to be and will refund any price differences.

What happens after you get your instant quote and checkout online?

A lot! Here’s a breakdown of how we’ll make sure your dream shower is an easy process:


When you get an instant quote, the information is submitted to your dedicated glass shower expert. After we talk over everything with you via phone or email, we'll send you a proposal within 24 hours. You can review on your own time, make changes to all custom options if necessary and get back to us when you're ready to get your shower door project kicked off. Once approved, we can move on to the next step!

Timeframe: Quote within 24 hours; next step depends on your bathroom finishing time frame.

Final Measurements

Once everything in your bathroom has been completed - tile has been laid and the shower base installed, our measurement team will need to come out and take the final measurements of your shower enclosure. This simple, half-hour trip to your home ensures that when we manufacture your shower door to the inch of a fraction of your space.

What happens if our final measurements are different from the ones you entered to get your instant quote?

The good news is that major differences rarely occur. Most times your instant quote is very close to your final quote. If we encounter a major difference (for example, if you chose the wrong shower layout, or have glass-to-glass installation), we’ll discuss it with you in detail during a virtual consultation. We’ll refund your money if the difference is in your favor, and make sure you know if there is any increase in price well in advance of installation.

Timeframe: Once the proposal has been approved, we usually schedule an appointment within 1-3 days to do the measurements.

Shower Door Fabrication

After your measurement appointment, your custom shower is being fabricated in our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Manassas, VA to the exact specs that fit your shower enclosure space. Our quality control process ensures that all custom options are applied to get you exactly what you asked for. Take a look behind the scenes.

Timeframe: Between 5 and 7 business days.



Only a Glass Expert Will Do

One thing that sets Dulles Glass apart from regular contractors is that we custom fabricate all shower enclosures ourselves. What does that mean to you? We rely on ourselves to get your shower enclosure just right. We're accountable for making sure your shower is put together correctly and installed seamlessly and perfectly in your home. No worries, no stress, and no fear - we've got you covered in this area. All you have to do is make sure someone is home on the installation day - we'll handle the rest!

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One thing that sets Dulles Glass apart from regular contractors is that we custom fabricate all shower enclosures ourselves. What does that mean to you? We rely on ourselves to get your shower enclosure just right. We're accountable for making sure your shower is put together correctly and installed seamlessly and perfectly in your home. No worries, no stress, and no fear - we've got you covered in this area. All you have to do is make sure someone is home on the installation day - we'll handle the rest!

Timeframe: We can install your shower in one day. It usually takes between 1 ½ hr to 3 hrs, depending on the shower door project.

With a New Shower also Comes a 3-Year Warranty

When you invest in a glass shower from Dulles Glass, you're getting a high-performing, long-lasting product expertly constructed of the best materials available in the industry and we're proud to back that up with a warranty you can rely on. We offer a comprehensive, straightforward three-year warranty on all glass shower doors sold and installed by Dulles Glass technicians and PRO contractors.

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