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From start to finish, use this guide to help you through your glass shower enclosure upgrade

The Complete Guide to a Glass Shower Enclosure Upgrade


When upgrading your shower enclosure, it’s perfectly normal to have questions about the process. You may wonder how the design process will work? Maybe you’re not sure what type of glass shower door will work best for your bathroom?

The first step is to do your research. Learn about the different glass and shower design options.  Renovating your shower enclosure is a process and it takes time. 

In this guide, we’ll go over the entire process, starting with research, planning, design and even how to clean your glass shower enclosure once it’s installed.

By the way, we offer free consultations and onsite estimates to residents in Central Texas. Looking for a quote? Contact us to get started.

Complete Guide to Glass Shower Enclosures (Table of Contents)

  • Types of Glass Used for Shower Doors
  • What Type of Glass Shower Enclosure Should You Get?
  • How to Design Your Glass Shower Enclosure
  • How to Clean Your Glass Shower Enclosure
  • How to Repair Scratches on Your Shower Enclosure
  • How We Can Help
Find out which type of glass is used for glass shower doors. Your shower enclosure is usually made with tempered glass.

Type of Glass Used for Shower Doors 

Tempered glass is the only glass that is used for glass shower doors. 

Related: What Kind of Glass Is Used for Shower Doors?

Tempered Glass

All glass shower enclosures use tempered glass. Tempered glass is built with safety in mind. The manufacturing process ensures that if the glass breaks, it will break into many small pieces that are not as sharp as shards of other types of glass.

Explore all your options for glass shower doors.

What Type of Glass Shower Enclosure Should You Get? 

Getting a new shower enclosure can feel overwhelming – there are so many. From the type of door to the design options, always keep in mind your personal style and the functionality of the shower enclosure in your bathroom. Below are a few options.

Related: Why Not all Glass Shower Doors are Created Equal

Sliding door - Sliding shower doors are a great choice for small bathrooms because they are space savers. They work with both shower only enclosures and tub/shower combos. Plus, they limit the amount of water splashing around. 

Clear glass - Clear glass provides a modern look that brightens up your space and makes it look bigger.

Frosted glass - However, if privacy is an issue, frosted glass has beautiful design options and is perfect for bathrooms with multiple users.

Partial enclosure - A partial enclosure is essentially a walk-in shower. This is a trendy and functional option that gives your bathroom the appearance of a lavish spa.

Tub/shower combo - This is the perfect option for those that don’t want to compromise the luxury of their bath, but also want to upgrade to a shower enclosure.

Related: How Much Do Glass Shower Doors Cost?

Before you start your remodel, consider which shower enclosure will work best for you and your space.

How to Design Your Glass Shower Enclosure

Now that you have a better idea about what kind of shower enclosure will work for your space, it’s time to consider your design options. Your glass shower door could have etched glass, frosted glass or you can go for a clear, minimalist look. 

Your shower design options could include: 

  • Frameless Shower Door
  • Unique Tilework
  • Windows
  • Corner Shower Enclosure
  • Pivot Doors
  • Rain or Textured Glass
  • Etched Glass

Related: 8 Glass Shower Door Design Trends for 2019

Frameless Shower Door – If you’re going for a sleek and modern design, the frameless shower is the way to go.

Unique Tilework – If you have clear glass, you could use unique tilework to add a little personality and tie the whole bathroom together.

Windows – Consider adding a window to your shower. This will make your bathroom look bigger and brighter.

Corner Shower Enclosure – For smaller bathrooms, a corner shower enclosure might be the perfect fit.

Pivot Doors – These are the best option for a narrow shower stall while still allowing for a refined level of style.

Rain or Textured Glass – By adding this interesting element to your glass shower door, you can add privacy and a unique design.

Etched Glass – Why not try a custom design in your bathroom? Etchings allow for originality. And you can use an already-designed window covering and put it directly on your shower door.

Did you know? We are the residential glass specialists in Central Texas offering competitive pricing for shower enclosures. We can even help you in the design process. Looking for a quote? Contact us to get started.

Designing your glass shower door can be breeze. Just make sure you find a style that works for your bathroom.

How to Clean Your Glass Shower Enclosure  

Once you install your new glass shower enclosure, you’ll want to keep it looking sparkly clean. Regular cleaning will prevent any water spots and soap scum from occurring.  

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors  

If you want to keep your glass shower clean, prevention is key. By regularly cleaning your shower door, you will reduce build up and cleaning time in the future.   To avoid build up, after each shower, you should:  

  • Use a squeegee
  • Use a homemade solution (see mixtures below)
  • Keep your shower doors open

Doing these things will ensure that mold and mildew won’t accumulate. Using the squeegee and a homemade solution will help eliminate the damp environment, while keeping the doors open will air out your shower enclosure.

Cleaning your glass shower door is easier than you think. Just be sure to regularly maintain your shower enclosure and you're good to go.


DIY Mixtures

Regularly cleaning your shower enclosure will keep it looking new for years. There are two main homemade solutions that people use.

For both solutions, mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle and use it after each shower.

Lemon Juice Solution

  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of distilled water

Vinegar Solution

  • 50% Distilled vinegar
  • 50% Dish detergent

For both solutions, make sure to use a microfiber cloth or a soft sponge to ensure that you don’t damage the glass.

Related: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You about Keeping that Glass Shower Door Clean

Tools to Use

You’ll need different tools depending on whether you’re doing a regular cleaning or a deep cleaning.

For regular cleaning, you’ll need the tools previously mentioned:

  • Squeegee
  • Homemade solution (see mixtures above)

For deep cleaning, you’ll want to use:

  • Magic eraser sponge – For a deep wipe down.
  • Toothbrush – For hard to reach spots.
  • Paint scraper – For tough edges.

The key to keeping your shower enclosure looking new for years is regularly cleaning it.

How to Repair Scratches on Your Glass Shower Enclosure


After you’ve had your shower enclosure for years, normal wear and tear may become an issue. Eventually, the shower glass could become scratched. If that happens, there are many repairs that you can do yourself.

If you have a scratch on the glass, use these DIY repairs:

  • Apply a coat of clear nail polish – Then use nail polish remover to remove any excess nail polish along the edge.
  • Buy a glass repair kit – Follow the instructions on the kit.
  • Apply a coat of toothpaste – Rub the toothpaste into the scratch using a damp cloth. Then, use a clean sponge or cloth to remove the toothpaste.

Make sure you clean your shower enclosure before and after attempting these DIY repairs.

PRO Tip: These repairs will also work for other types of glass such as tabletops, cabinet glass, or mirrors.

How We Can Help


Your bathroom should be your oasis – a place where you feel relaxed, comfortable, and peaceful. Arrow Glass is here to help.

As the residential glass specialists in Central Texas, we offer:

  • Modern Designs
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Customer-Centric
  • Efficient Service
  • Quality Products

Our goal is simple – we want you to be happy with the finished project. Overall, upgrading your glass shower enclosure is a process and you need the right experts to guide you through it.

If you’re looking to install a new glass shower door, contact Arrow Glass & Mirror today!  

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