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A Buyer’s Guide to Beautiful Shower Enclosures On a Budget

November 30, 2022

By Kevin Wisecarver

A basic shower remodel can be a stressful and costly process, especially if you decide to handle the job yourself. But when you work with professionals with extensive experience handling complex shower remodeling jobs, you’ll find that with expertise and proper planning, you’ll end up with a beautiful and affordable shower enclosure

At Wise Glass, we understand how important it is to get the shower enclosure you want, one that will work with your shower shape, budget, personal preferences, and the available space in your bathroom. 

Once you’ve decided your home could use a shower upgrade, next, you must determine whether a shower tub combo or a walk-in shower will work for your needs and the needs of your family. At Wise Glass, we can help you identify your needs and find the perfect shower solution. When you work with a professional glass company, you’ll get expert, practical advice and have a team in your corner that has a reputation for creating beautiful shower enclosures that can instantly transform a bathroom, even if you’re on a tight budget. 

When you’re considering a bathroom shower remodel, careful planning is in order. You must determine how much money, time, and energy you want to invest in this type of important upgrade and which type of shower will suit the needs of you and your family. Walk-in showers and shower tub combos both have pros and cons. Which type will work for you can depend on bathroom size, your budget, shower layout, and your family’s daily routine and preferences.

Walk-In Showers vs. Tub Shower Combo

Choosing between a walk-in shower and a shower and tub combo for your budget shower remodel may not seem like a hard decision for some, but making the right decision can have a lasting impact. If you’re having a hard time choosing between these two major designs, below, you’ll find some things you should consider before you make your final decision.

If you currently have a tub and shower combo or walk-in shower, then sticking with what you have is a guaranteed way to make sure that your new model fits into the existing space and won’t need much work to install a new one. However, if what you currently have is no longer working for you, then it may be time for a change.

Tub Shower Combo

A tub and shower combo can be essential if you have family members in the home who love to relax in a nice hot bath. If you currently have an existing model and simply want an upgrade, then you’ll find that upgrading is a fairly easy process and one that won’t require much in terms of construction, since most tubs are roughly the same size.

Upgrading a shower and tub combo can be a more affordable option, especially if no major renovations are needed to accommodate the new tub.

However, if no one in your home takes baths, if you’re tired of dealing with cleaning tubs and framed shower doors, it may be time to make the switch to a frameless shower enclosure. In fact, many homeowners who plan to sell their homes in the future often choose frameless shower enclosures because it adds more value to their home. These popular shower enclosures can instantly transform a bathroom and provide a beautiful and elegant look, which is one of the reasons why they’re such a major design trend all over the country.

Walk-In Shower

A walk-in shower can be a better choice for busy households, homes with seniors, and for homeowners who want to add more value to their home for resale purposes.

Walk in showers, combined with frameless shower doors can give a bathroom a more open, bright, spacious feel. Walk-in showers are more accessible to seniors, compared to a shower tub combo, are easier to clean than shower and tub combos, and can create the type of spa-like environment that many homeowners love.

What Is a Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure?

Instead of a frame, the glass panels in a frameless shower enclosure are held together with special clips. Some frameless glass shower doors and enclosures come equipped with a top rail that can help to hold things together. Since the frameless shower enclosure offers a more flexible design, compared to a framed shower enclosure, you’ll have many options to customize your new shower setup, based on your preferences, style, budget, and available bathroom space.

Frameless Glass Shower Benefits

Aside from its flexible design, frameless glass shower doors and enclosures come with a wide range of benefits, including:

  • The lack of a frame will allow more light to flow throughout the space, making the room look bigger
  • The lack of a frame will allow you to show off the tile work in your shower
  • No frame means you’re left with a shower that’s much easier to clean and maintain. Framed glass shower doors are magnets for mold, mildew, and bacteria, requiring extensive upkeep. 
  • Frameless shower doors and premium glass shower enclosures make a shower space more accessible to senior family members
  • Custom luxury shower enclosures allow you to choose the shower style that works for your budget, available bathroom space, and personal preference
  • Adds value to your home

Frameless Shower Installation Costs

The cost of installation will vary and depend on many factors such as whether any construction needs to be done to reinforce walls to support the heavy glass panels, the size of the shower enclosure, type of glass, bathroom size, and how difficult of a job it will be. On average, the costs can vary from $500 to $3,000. The best way to learn about the cost of a custom frameless shower enclosure is to contact Wise Glass today to get a free quote. We can discuss your shower needs, take accurate measurements of your shower space and bathroom layout, go over design options, and more, to help you determine what type of shower enclosure is right for you and will work for your budget.

Hiring a Shower Glass Professional

Some people may be tempted to take on a frameless glass enclosure installation, but with this type of complex installation, many things can go wrong, especially if you purchase a frameless shower enclosure kit from your local home improvement store. When you purchase a mass produced glass shower enclosure you run the risk of buying one that won’t work for the available shower space in your bathroom, the glass may become damaged during installation, or you won’t be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to make important renovations to prepare your bathroom and walls to support and accommodate heavy glass shower panels.

If you end up with a shower enclosure and shower doors that won’t work for your bathroom space, it could end up costing you hundreds of dollars. Instead of dealing with this frustrating and complex installation on your own, contact professional glass contractors at Wise Glass for your dream shower project. A dedicated glass shower expert can design a custom frameless glass shower enclosure that works with your bathroom needs, style, and budget. With a custom fit, you can choose from a variety of styles, glass types, hardware, and more, so you’ll end up with a shower that’s stunning, elegant, and designed to last.

Contact a Top-Rated Shower Door Company to Get a Free Estimate & Schedule a Consultation 

A frameless shower enclosure can instantly transform the aesthetic beauty and functionality of your bathroom. If you’re planning a luxury shower remodel, contact the pros at Wise Glass today to get a free quote and learn more about how we can help you transform your shower, for an affordable price. 

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