Ever heard the expression, “you can’t believe everything you hear”? Believe it or not, this wise old adage can easily be applied to shower doors – particularly the frameless variety. If you’ve shied away from installing a frameless shower in your bathroom, chances are it was because you’ve been misled by one of the following myths and misconceptions. Below, our shower experts attempt to set the record straight, once and for all.
Myth #1: Frameless shower glass has been known to “explode” while in use.
One of the most pervasive rumors going around about frameless glass shower enclosures is that they are dangerous and therefore unsafe. Obviously, there’s always a possibility of glass breaking, particularly due to misuse. In reality, this risk is incredibly rare. The key is to work with a reputable installer and select a glass enclosure that is strong, safe and durable. For instance, My Affordable Glass works with only the highest quality glass and materials to ensure the optimal safety of our customers.
Myth #2 – Frameless shower enclosures are prone to leaking.
Another common misconception about frameless glass shower enclosures is that they are prone to leaking water (and all the damage that can occur from that). The fact is, provided you have your shower installed by a reputable company, there should be no issues with leaking. For example, your installer will make certain the shower floor is at the appropriate pitch for proper damage and that the shower head is properly positioned away from any seams.
Myth #3 – Showerhead positioning doesn’t matter.
Speaking of showerheads, people who are unaware of how frameless shower enclosures are supposed to be designed and installed often believe (to their own detriment) that where they place the showerhead doesn’t really make any difference. This is simply untrue. While a quality enclosure will feature safeguards to protect against leaks, it’s also important that the hardware be placed in a position so that accidental overspray will not be an issue.
Myth #4 – If you invest in protective glass coating, your frameless shower enclosure will be maintenance free.
While quality glass shower enclosures are designed to be easy to maintain, there’s simply no such thing as a shower that is completely maintenance free. To get maximum endurance and enjoyment out of your frameless shower glass, we recommend quickly wiping down the glass after each use and occasionally use a squeegee. Some glass protection options may offer very low maintenance, such as glass that requires no special cleaners or additional treatments, but none are entirely hands-off. If someone is trying to sell you a shower enclosure that is 100% maintenance free, they are lying.
Myth #5 – You need a specific bathroom size or layout in order to have a frameless shower enclosure.
Many people avoid having a frameless shower door installed simply because they believe their bathroom isn’t the right size or shape. In reality, shower enclosures can be completely customized to suit just about any bathroom size or layout. Again, the key is working with an experienced professional. To get you started, take a look at some of the samples in our online gallery, or contact us for a more in-depth look at how you can make your new shower one-of-a-kind.