Tips to Care For and Clean Your Shower Doors

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When new shower doors are fitted, they appear clear and bright. However as time goes on, water stains will begin to appear and soap scum will accumulate which leads to foggy, discolored shower doors. This completely changes the look of your bathroom and if not properly taken care of, it can lead to further problems. 

You’ll want to keep your brand-new shower doors as spotless as you can after making the investment. Shower doors that are clear and shiny for a longer time can be had with the right maintenance. Here are some tips for keeping your shower doors looking brand new: 

Clean Your Shower After It’s Used

The easiest way to keep your shower doors clean is to wipe them down after every use. Soap scum that is left to dry on the door gets more and more difficult to remove. A quick wipe with a squeegee, however, is all that’s needed to remove water drops so they can’t turn into water stains. 

For daily cleaning, you can use a homemade solution following this recipe:

  • ½ c rubbing alcohol
  • ½ c hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 T liquid dishwasher rinse agent
  • 1 t dishwashing liquid
  • 3 cups of water

Wipe the water drops away, then spritz the door with your solution. Wipe the door dry with a microfiber cloth and then you’re done!

Clean Shower Doors with Vinegar 

As soap scum builds up, it gets harder to remove. However, the acid in a common household liquid does wonders for breaking through the grime. 

All you have to do is heat 1 cup of distilled white vinegar for about 30 – 45 seconds in the microwave. Mix the vinegar with a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. 

Spray the solution on the door and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. After that, start scrubbing with a sponge from the top down. Once it’s scrubbed nicely, rinse with water and use a microfiber cloth to dry the doors. 

Warning: The acid in vinegar can damage natural stones like granite. If you have any type of natural stone embellishments near your shower, avoid using vinegar for cleaning.

Clean Shower Doors With Lemon Juice

Not a fan of the smell of vinegar? Lemon juice is a great alternative that leads to the same result. 

As lemons are less acidic than vinegar, it may take you extra effort in order to clean your shower doors. In order to do this, mix a bit of lemon juice and warm water together in a spray bottle. After wiping away water droplets, spritz with the lemon juice solution and leave it to sit for at least five minutes. 

Scrub with a sponge to remove built-up soap scum. It isn’t necessary to rinse the solution off the door – just simply dry the doors with your cloth when finished. 

How to Remove Stubborn Water Stains

Though vinegar should remove most problems, stubborn water stains may still remain. To combat these, you can try making a paste of baking soda with either water or vinegar. It will take about ½ cup of baking soda to coat most shower doors. 

Spread the paste on the door with a soft cloth and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes. Then rinse it off, scrubbing at the most stubborn areas. 

How Often to Clean Shower Doors

How often to clean shower doors depends on how often you use your shower. As mentioned, you should do a quick wipe-down after every shower to prevent water droplet stains. 

You should wash more thoroughly with vinegar or lemon juice about once a week for the typical shower. However, if you use your shower a lot or several people are using the shower, you may need to clean it more often. 

The Best Shower Doors in Charlotte

Of course, your shower doors will never shine bright if you didn’t choose quality doors to begin with. If your shower doors need a refresh, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Shower Doors of Charlotte

We sell top-quality glass that will make your bathroom positively beam with brilliance — especially when you know exactly how to clean your doors!

Pros of Frameless Shower Doors

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The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a house. 

In fact, did you know that the average person spends 813.3 days in the bathroom? That equates to more than two years of their life! As one of the most important parts of your home, you should invest time and money to make it look elegant and inviting. 

One of the most cost-effective ways to give your bathroom a fresh new look is to install a frameless shower door. Frameless shower doors upgrade your shower into an elegant, minimalist space that offers a spa-like experience at home. 

In this guide, we’ll focus on installing frameless shower doors and why they are preferable to framed shower doors. But first, let’s get down to the basics. 

Framed vs. Frameless Shower Doors

While framed shower doors come with an aluminum frame around the interior edges, frameless shower doors are basically panels of tempered glass. 

The superficial difference here is the absence of the metal support found in the framed shower doors. The metal tends to corrode, vinyl gaskets shrink and water ends up trapped in the framing which leads to mold & mildew growing in places you can’t clean. The framed showers also use thinner glass which is why the frame is important and provides structural stability to an otherwise flimsy glass. However, frameless shower enclosures use glass that is twice as thick and which eliminates the need for the metal framing. Most people opt for frameless showers owing to their simple and elegant nature and ease of maintenance. Their design aesthetics give your shower a modern and open look you’d expect in a contemporary home.  

Framed showers are often referred to as basic builder grade enclosures that use adjustable overlapping metal jambs to account for out of square conditions and varying shower sizes. This means less precise fabrication is required 

Shower Doors of Charlotte creates sleek and luxurious frameless shower doors. Contact us and request a free quote about custom designs! 

Advantages of Frameless Shower Doors

Frameless shower doors offer many advantages compared to framed doors, including: 

Increased Space

If you’re considering upgrading to a frameless shower, you’ll be glad to know that remodeling will create extra space in your bathroom.

Once you eliminate the shower curtains or move on from your framed shower, the space used automatically feels bigger. This is particularly important if you have a small bathroom. 

Visually Pleasing

Perhaps the most striking advantage of frameless doors is that they look amazing with a sleek and elegant design. 

These doors have an upscale feel that gives you the vibe you feel in a luxurious hotel. Better still, they allow you to showcase the elegant tiling inside your shower, further enhancing the visual appeal of the space. 

More Durable

Another thing to note about frameless shower doors is that they are extremely durable. The thicker glass is more rigid and eliminates the need for metal framing.  

Easy to Clean

To many people, cleaning the bathroom is no fun but frameless showers are much easier to clean & maintain. First, there are amazing products available for frameless shower glass that can help keep your shower glass looking great! Products like ShowerGuard Glass and DiamonFusion create ultrasmooth glass surfaces which prevent soap scum from building up and greatly reduce the time it takes to clean & maintain. 

Secondly, with a frameless shower door, you’ll never have to deal with mold & mildew build-up hidden inside the metal framing. Mold build-up is one of the major problems associated with framed shower doors.  Water seeps into the metal track around the vinyl gaskets and becomes trapped inside the metal frame where it grows rampant in the cozy warm shower environment.  The thicker glass of frameless showers eliminates the need for the metal track and eliminates the hiding spots that are impossible to clean. 

Therefore, if mold is one of the bathroom issues that put you off, you should probably consider going for a frameless shower door.

Available in Various Styles

Finally, when remodeling your bathroom, you can choose from different styles, configurations, and sizes of frameless doors. Customization gives you the utmost satisfaction since you literally make the bathroom space your own. Each frameless shower is meticulously measured and fabricated for YOUR shower enclosure. 

The added flexibility also makes it easier to change things up whenever you want to and work within your preferred budget. There are no standards to limit your design options!

Install a Frameless Shower Door

If you’re considering going for a frameless shower doors, you have much to gain. The main advantages of frameless shower doors include the ability to create extra space in the bathroom, the design aesthetics, the durability associated with tempered glass, the ease of cleaning, and availability in different styles, configurations, and sizes.

Frameless shower doors are made of 3/8” or 1/2” thick tempered glass panels that eliminate the need for the metal support found in framed shower doors. This gives your shower a luxurious and sophisticated look! Ready to install your frameless shower door? Shower Doors of Charlotte excels at building frameless showers and enclosures that are meticulously and professionally installed. Contact us!

When Is It Time to Remodel or Replace Your Shower?

Did you know that an outdated bathroom is among the top reasons homebuyers avoid purchasing a home? Even if you do not plan on selling your home for several years, have you considered the difference a bathroom remodel could make for your own personal happiness? 

In fact, in 2020, a majority of U.S. homeowners renovated their bathrooms to improve their own living conditions! Almost half changed the overall layout of their master bathroom, and 33% renovated their bathrooms simply because they “could no longer stand them.”

One of the most common (and satisfying!) ways to improve your bathroom is a beautiful, walk-in shower

But, if you need proof that a new shower is truly the answer, consider the following reasons it might be time to remodel or replace your shower

  1. Leaky & Underperforming Fixtures
  2. Tight Spaces & Difficult Access
  3. Inconvenient, Hazardous Shower Design
  4. Chipped Tile or Damaged Shower Walls

Shower Doors of Charlotte creates frameless shower doors and glass enclosures that are sleek and luxurious. Contact us and request a free quote about custom shower doors and designs! 

Leaky & Under-Performing Fixtures

A leaky shower fixture or less-than-ideal water pressure may not be a bathroom emergency, but this is your “me time” we are talking about! On the other hand, such quirks in your guest bathroom are not exactly communicating a warm welcome to your friends or family members. 

Plus, replacing your fixtures or your shower altogether is worth it – literally. A leaking fixture could be costing you money on your water bill every month or, worse, causing water damage to your home, which could lead to dangerous mold growth. 

Tight Spaces & Difficult Access

Bathrooms should be anything but tight spaces, and yet too many bathrooms that do not make efficient use of their square footage can feel claustrophobic. Even though a tub-and-shower combination might seem like the best use of space if you cannot fit both in the bathroom, the truth is that shower tubs can be bulky both physically and visually, as well as difficult to climb-in. 

In contrast, think of how a glass, walk-in shower immediately opens-up space in your bathroom; rather than creating separation with a shower curtain or door, a glass door creates depth by drawing your eyes further-in. Additionally, a walk-in shower makes the space easier – and safer – to access!   

Inconvenient, Hazardous Shower Design 

On a similar note, whether your bathroom was built in recent years or decades ago, shower designs are not always built with practicality in-mind. Sometimes, this is simply due to different homeowners’ needs and preferences. Other times, a poor shower design can be attributed to a small bathroom space or dwindling budget.  

Whether it is your shower’s size, lack of a bench or seat, or its irritating location in the bathroom, all are inconveniences that could turn into slip-and-fall situations or other accidents. For example, a swinging shower door that bumps into another fixture – such as a toilet or bathtub – is particularly unsafe because the glass could easily break if the door swung too quickly.  

Chipped Tile or Damaged Shower Walls

Every shower is prone to wear and tear, but that doesn’t make it any less disappointing when you discover a chip in the tile, a dent in the shower wall, or peeling caulk. And rather than writing off the damage as something you can live with, you will need to assess these aging shower symptoms for more serious reasons. 

Broken, chipped, or damaged shower tiles can actually be a safety hazard. For one, you could easily cut yourself, but water could also seep through the cracks and cause mold growth, which is a risk to your health. Similarly, damaged shower walls and peeling caulk trap moisture, which can cause mold, mildew, and even wood rot. 

Frameless shower enclosures are easier to maintain, easy to customize, and add value to your home. Learn more about Shower Doors of Charlotte today!

Choosing the Right Mirror for Your Bathroom

Without a mirror, your bathroom is incomplete. They’re essential for everyday activities such as doing your makeup and checking your outfit. However, choosing a mirror for your bathroom is not always easy. There are so many different options for picking the perfect mirror, but asking yourself these five questions will help you find the right one!

Which Mirrors Fit The Budget?

First things first, you have to plan for your budget, which typically includes the cost of the mirror plus any installation costs. What is the most you’re willing to spend on your mirror? Where do you have flexibility? When it comes to browsing prices, what do you want to prioritize? 

You should have the answer to all these questions before moving forward with a new bathroom mirror. It will help narrow down your search and make the process easier to manage. 

What Type of Mirror Do You Need?

The ideal mirror for you is based on what you use your bathroom for. Usually, that means fixing your appearance and doing daily tasks like brushing your teeth or doing a skincare routine. Four of the most common types of bathroom mirrors are: 

  • Floor Mirrors – Additionally popular for bedrooms, floor mirrors will give you a full-view of your outfit choice of the day, making it easier to accessorize. 
  • Wall Mirrors – These are the most common type of bathroom mirrors due to the convenience of being mounted directly to the wall. 
  • Cabinet Mirrors – A perfect combination of storage and viewing, cabinet mirrors add a bit of charm to your bathroom. Due to their compact style, they don’t take up as much space. 
  • Pivot Mirrors – These mirrors are secured to the wall with a swivel rod, letting you adjust the mirror, and even move it, depending on the time of day and lighting conditions. 

At Shower Doors of Charlotte, we provide and install a variety of bathroom mirrors including vanity mirrors and mirror walls in Charlotte, NC!

What Shape and Size of Mirror Do You Want?

The shape of your mirror can be determined by the space of your bathroom and your personal design aesthetic. In fact, choosing the right mirror could create space where there currently is none by toning up the brightness and adding depth and height to shallow spaces. 

In order to determine the correct mirror size (and shape) for your bathroom, you should consider both the vanity and the countertop. Typically, you’ll want a mirror that’s a few inches shorter than the overall countertop width. 

How Much Light Will The Mirror Receive? 

Don’t underestimate how important light can be when it comes to choosing a bathroom mirror. For example, if you are going to be doing your makeup, then you will need a more detailed mirror, possibly one that comes with built-in LED lights. If you have a window in your bathroom, consider a pivot mirror to move around when the sun shines through so you don’t have a glare. 

What is Your Personal Style? 

For years, bathrooms have been criticized for being dull and boring. But, with the right mirror style, all that can change! Your bathroom mirror is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to make a statement about you and your bathroom’s personal style. 

Do you prefer a minimalist aesthetic, or maybe a modern setting? Consider your vision then choose a mirror with the right frame, shape, size, and durability that best suits your idea. 

Transform Your Bathroom with Shower Doors of Charlotte  

Mirrors will completely transform the look of your bathroom and can change the way people feel when they look at themselves before starting their day. It frames your space, reflects light, and makes a statement about how you want to feel when you walk into your bathroom – luxurious, romantic, clean, and fresh.

Contact our team at Shower Doors of Charlotte to schedule a free onsite estimate to discuss your bathroom mirror needs! 

Barn Sliding Doors, Frameless Showers, and Other Bathroom Trends

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In 2021, with the increase of individuals working from home, a Statista survey found that 39% of people renovated their master bathroom because they had the means, 33% renovated because they could not stand their old one, and another 25% renovated because they wanted to personalize it. 

To that we say, bravo! The average person spends at least 30 minutes in the bathroom daily, which totals more than 182 hours spent in the bathroom every year. If you are going to use any room in your house on a consistent basis, it is going to be your bathroom. You might as well enjoy it! 

With that being said, we’ve put together the latest functional and fabulous bathroom trends you will want to consider as you re-envision your bathroom: 

  1. Barn Sliding Doors
  2. Mirrors 
  3. Frameless Shower Doors
  4. Striking Metals & Hardware 

Are you building a new construction home or remodeling your bathroom? Contact Shower Doors of Charlotte for a quote! 

Barn Sliding Doors 

While a barn sliding door might lead you to think of a wooden barn door, re-frame your thoughts to more of a barn door concept! This industrial style of shower doors uses a heavy glass door that moves with exposed rollers. The design is sleek, uses less hardware, and shows more of the shower’s beautiful glass. 

Cambridge Sliding Doors, in particular, are great for barn door-style frameless showers and room enclosures. 

Mirrors

Are you a minimalist? A modernist? A romantic? Your bathroom mirror is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to make a statement about your personal style! Believe it or not, there are quizzes to help you determine what mirror best reflects your taste. 

Besides, with access to rounded-rectangle, antique gold-rimmed, and circular mirrors, why would you ever choose just a simple sheet of glass? 

Frameless Shower Doors

Frameless showers are both a practical and aesthetically pleasing choice because of their openness! Frameless shower doors eliminate the need to think about where to position a door or its movement, which immediately gives your bathroom a luxurious, larger feel. 

Other benefits of a frameless shower include their custom design possibilities and added value to your home. Plus, the absence of frames or seals minimize mildew and mold, making the shower easier to clean! 

Shower Doors of Charlotte excels at building frameless showers and enclosures that are meticulously and professionally installed. Contact us!

Striking Metals & Hardware

Another way to instantly brighten and modernize your bathroom? Metal finishes! From metal faucets and light fixtures to towel racks and the hardware on the bathroom furniture, metal finishes are stunning and provide a pop of color. 

Bronze and brass are both particularly “in” right now as they contrast with both dark and light bathroom schemes and pay homage to high-end living. 

Types of Shower Door Replacements

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Are you interested in replacing your shower door? If so, you may want to consider a glass shower door. Our team at Shower Doors of Charlotte specializes in luxurious frameless glass shower doors and enclosures. All of our frameless enclosures are meticulously measured, professionally installed, and enjoyed for a lifetime!

With our custom designs, we build shower enclosures that fit each client’s specific requirements. With options ranging from modern to traditional, our goal is to help you create a sleek, clean design for your bathroom. To learn more about types of shower door replacements, read on. 

Here’s what you need to know about our shower door series:

  1. Sliding Shower Enclosure
  2. Frameless Shower Doors
  3. Textured Glass Enclosure
  4. Barn Door Enclosure 
  5. Glass Block Enclosure

Sliding Shower Enclosure

A sliding enclosure is the next best thing if you want the aesthetic appeal of glass, but you do not have enough space for swinging doors. Most bathrooms can benefit from this space-saving option and these doors can be customized to fit every size and style. 

Budget-conscious homeowners may want to consider a partially frameless sliding door, which gives you an airy look without costing a lot of money. Plus, you don’t have to skimp on quality or look if you need a full shower door! With a variety of glass options, you can create the vibe you’ve always envisioned, while working with your bathroom space. 

Here at Shower Doors of Charlotte, our glass sliding door options range from standard bypass to custom barn door style designs and everything in between. With customizable options, built to suit and fit your exact measurements, styles and needs for your bathroom, these glass sliding doors don’t have to be used just for bathroom spaces either. 

Frameless Shower Doors

Another common type of shower door replacement that can leave your bathroom feeling luxurious, is a frameless shower door. Get the appearance of a glass shower enclosure without the clunky door features. 

Featuring 3/8″ or 12.5″ thick tempered glass, our standard frameless glass doors here at Shower Doors of Charlotte, can be customized with various glass options to match your bathroom decor. From patterned glass options such as Rain, Satin, and Obscure to Ultra-Clear or low-iron glass, our classic frameless glass shower doors offer beautiful variety for the modern homeowner. 

For bathrooms with lighter color pallets or white tile, we often recommend our Ultra-clear glass to make your bathroom feel luxurious and cohesive.

Learn more about Shower Doors of Charlotte and our Glass door series collections. 

Textured Glass Enclosure

Do you want an extra layer of privacy without the frosted appearance? You might be interested in textured glass shower doors. With different textures, you can create a feeling of depth that wasn’t in your space before. 

Textured glass can work to make your bathroom appear larger than it is by allowing you to see through the glass, while masking the little details. Similarly, playing around with textured glass can create a completely different vibe as you shower as well! As the water flows down your new textured glass shower doors, you may even begin to feel like you’re at the spa. 

Barn Door Enclosure

Barn door shower doors are another great option when looking into replacing your shower door! With several advantages over the traditional swinging door, these barn-esque styled doors work perfectly in a guest bathroom or even a grand master bath. Barn door shower enclosures are a wonderful solution when a bathroom space is small and tight. With the ability to create an open airy vibe, these barn doors might be the best option for your replacement needs. 

Glass Block Enclosure

Glass block shower enclosures are a popular choice when you want your shower doors to stand out. Getting privacy without the use of a door is possible with a glass block enclosure. With several textured patterns to choose from, these enclosures can create an environment that is both cleaner, cooler and cohesive.

Shower Doors of Charlotte 

Shower Doors of Charlotte has a long legacy of top quality projects and has earned a reputation that has been built from the ground up on integrity, highly skilled staff. From new installation projects to home renovations, we have industry expert technicians and beautiful solutions you need.

Our frameless shower enclosures are designed with 3/8” or 1/2” tempered glass and minimal hardware. With thick heavy glass, our designs add stability to your shower structure, eliminating the use of metal framing. Keeping that in mind, with swinging technology, our door designs allow water to drain right back into your shower. Our shower enclosures are easier to maintain, easy to customize, and add value to your home.

Contact our team today! 

Shower Door Series with Shower Doors of Charlotte

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Did you know that the first ever tempered glass enclosure was built in 1962? While glass technology and styles have certainly changed since then, classic glass shower doors are still very popular. Here at Shower Doors of Charlotte, our team specializes in luxurious frameless glass shower doors and enclosures. Our frameless enclosures are meticulously measured, professionally installed and enjoyed for a lifetime!

With custom designs, our shower enclosures are designed and built to reflect each client’s individual requirements. In addition to creating a sleek, clean design for your bathroom, our goal is to help you find a frameless shower enclosure that compliments your overall design style, with options ranging from modern to traditional. To learn more about our shower door series and design solutions, read on. 

Here’s what you need to know about our shower door series:

  1. Frameless Glass Shower Doors
  2. Glass Sliding Door Systems
  3. Shower Doors of Charlotte 

Frameless Glass Shower Doors

Built with 3/8” or ½” tempered glass, our standard frameless glass doors come in several glass options so that you can personalize your shower enclosure. From patterned glass options such as Rain, Satin, and Obscure to Ultra-Clear or low-iron glass, our classic frameless glass shower doors offer beautiful variety for the modern homeowner. 

For bathrooms with lighter color pallets or white tile, we often recommend our Ultra-clear glass. Our Ultra-Clear glass has a lower iron content which makes this glass option appear optically clear, allowing for your white or light tiled bathroom to feel luxurious and cohesive. In order to determine what options are currently available for your beautiful glass shower wall, please consult your sales representative if you are considering a pattern glass or obscure glass as option availability will vary. 

Glass Sliding Door Systems

If a frameless glass shower door doesn’t suit your fancy, Shower Doors of Charlotte also offers a variety of beautiful glass sliding door systems to tie your bathroom together. Our glass sliding door options range from standard bypass to custom barn door style designs and everything in between. 

With customizable options, built to suit and fit your exact measurements, styles and needs for your bathroom, these glass sliding doors don’t have to be used just for bathroom spaces either. Excellent choices for room dividers, privacy doors, or even wine cellar rooms, our glass sliding door systems can be designed for your unique needs. 

Learn more about Shower Doors of Charlotte and our Glass door series collections. 

Here are some of our sliding glass door series: 

Cambridge Series

Beauty and elegance meet modern design in this CRL product. Featuring two heavy glass bypassing doors with large modern exposed rollers, the panels in the Cambridge Series roll on a high-quality stainless steel rectangular bar, ensuring easy opening and closing of the door. 

Crescent Series

This sleek “barn door” style design found in our Crescent Series, features one heavy glass sliding door and one fixed glass panel with simple exposed rollers and round header. Providing a luxurious sliding shower door system and a soft décor vibe, the use of minimal hardware lends itself to complement popular modern styling. These quality rollers assure quiet door travel and make the door easy to slide.

Bypass Sliding Doors

Within our Bypass Sliding Door Series, you will find two glass doors that slide from top mounted concealed rollers within a metal header. Typically featuring two metal wall jambs and a bottom “stay clean” track, the edges of these glass panels are normally polished glass and not wrapped in metal.

Serenity Series

Our Serenity Shower Door Series features what most would consider to be a modern “barn door” style design. Complemented by one heavy glass sliding door and one fixed glass panel with simple exposed rollers and rectangular header, this series provides a luxurious door system with a modern flare. The use of minimal hardware and quality rollers assure quiet door travel and make the door easy to slide.

Shower Doors of Charlotte 

Shower Doors of Charlotte has a long legacy of top quality projects and has earned a reputation that has been built from the ground up on integrity, highly skilled staff. From new installation projects to home renovations, we have industry expert technicians and beautiful solutions you need.

Our frameless shower enclosures are designed with 3/8” or 1/2” tempered glass and minimal hardware. With thick heavy glass, our designs add stability to your shower structure, eliminating the use of metal framing. Keeping that in mind, with swinging technology, our door designs allow water to drain right back into your shower. Our shower enclosures are easier to maintain, easy to customize, and add value to your home.

Contact our team today!