Frameless Shower Door Glass Types

Glass shower enclosures are created with several different types of glass. Current design trends have led us to offer a variety of glass types, colors, and patterns to choose from. Here is a breakdown of the glass types for shower doors that we offer: standard clear glass, ultra-clear HDglass, frosted glass, rain glass, bronze glass, and gray glass.

Clear Glass
Clear Glass
  • Standard clear glass is the most commonly used option for shower enclosures
  • High clarity with a minimal greenish tint
  • Easy to maintain
HD Glass
HDglass Low-Iron Glass
  • Manufactured with reduced iron content
  • Less greenish tint in the glass resulting in exceptional clarity
  • Colorless appearance and higher light transmission
  • True colors of shower tile can be seen from outside of the shower
Frosted Glass
Frosted Glass
  • Produced by acid etching regular glass
  • Distinctive and uniformly smooth and satin like appearance
  • Admits soft light while providing a bit of opacity
  • Only one side of the glass is etched leaving the other side smooth for easier cleaning
Rain Glass
Rain Glass
  • Beautiful patterns of rain give it a distinctive decorative look
  • Admits soft light while providing visual control
  • Only one side of the glass is patterned leaving the other side smooth for easier cleaning
  • Ideal for concealing water marks, fingerprints and other minor stains
Bronze Glass
Bronze Glass
  • Bronze glass shower panels provide a tinted coppery look
  • The opaque bronze glass is a unique choice for shower door glass
  • The tint adds to the privacy of your shower enclosure
Gray Glass
Gray Glass
  • Gray shower glass panels present a tinted smokey look
  • As the darkest of our tints, gray shower glass offers the most privacy
  • Choose gray shower glass panels for a unique look in your bathroom

Shower Door Glass Works

Cut-outs and notches are an important part of your shower door fabrication. Our precision machinery enables us to create perfect cut outs and notches that are required for a glass shower door to function properly. They include: Holes, Mitered Edges, Mickey Mouse Cut-Outs, and Notched Glass.

Glass Hole
Glass Holes
  • Custom drilled in house, before tempering
  • Used for: shower door handles, towel rods, robe hooks
Mickey Mouse Cut Out
Mickey Mouse Cut Outs
  • Allows hinges to fit flush with the door
  • Secures side and pivot hinges
Mitered Glass
Mitered Glasses
  • Glass pieces are cut at a 45° angle to form a 90° when joined
  • Water tight and steam-proof
  • Provides superior strength
Glass Shower Door Notch
Glass Shower Door Notchs
  • Custom cut in-house for shower door clamps
  • Minimally visible

Question and Answers

What is the difference between HDglass and clear glass?

All clear glass contains some iron particles, which gives glass a slight greenish hue. This normal green tint can change how your shower tile looks when viewed from the other side of the glass.

With our ultra-clear HDglass, the iron particles have been removed from the glass. This low-iron glass provides excellent clarity and true color representation for bathroom tile or marble.

HDglass puts your shower design on display, giving a near invisible and airy feel to your entire room.

What is the difference between standard and heavy shower glass?

Standard shower glass is essentially used in framed showers constructed with either 3/16- or 1/4-inch thick glass. The glass is not strong enough to stand alone as a structural barrier and has to be wrapped in metal to be rigid enough to form a shower door. That is why we do not use 3/16” or 1/4” glass for our frameless shower doors.

Heavy shower glass refers to premium architectural glass either 3/8” or 1/2” thick. It's used to build frameless showers. Glass strength increases with thickness so heavy shower glass offers greater structural integrity that does not require a metal frame.


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