Glass Source Buyer’s Guide

There is more to consider than you think, when it comes to your new shower enclosure purchase! During the planning stages of the addition or remodel of a new shower enclosure, there are many items to consider including whether or not you want…

  • Framed or Frameless?
  • Clear or Patterned glass?
  • Traditional or Contemporary style hardware?

These are just a few of the questions we ask all of our potential customers during the consultation and buying process. As with any purchase, you want to be informed of your choices and gain all the necessary information available, so as to make the right decisions – before it’s too late!

Provided for you below are some of the key areas to consider, while planning for your new shower enclosure.


Planning & Preparation Checklist

Preparing the Surface

Make certain that the door curb as well as any seats or ledges are slightly sloped to the inside of the enclosure. By doing so, no water will stand or leak out of the shower area.

Shower Doors Positioning

Any adjacent doors, such as closet doors, should be considered, so as to not impede the operation of the shower door.

Shower Head Position

Consider the direction of the shower head, when planning door placement. Direct spray to the door is not recommended.

Personal Preferences

It is always a good idea to understand your own personal preferences first. What do you like about your shower enclosure now? What don’t you like?


Type of Enclosure, Framed or Frameless?


  • Economical
  • 3/16″ thick glass
  • Aluminum framing around the perimeter of all glass


  • No metal framing
  • Built to last a lifetime
  • 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick glass



There are many potential ways that the shower can be configured.  With a Single door, a Corner or 90 degree door, Inline (Door & Panel), a Neo Angle door, or even a custom door.  Try and know what you want before you start shopping around.


Glass Options

Glass thickness

  • 3/16″ (framed)
  • 3/8″ (frameless)
  • 1/2″ (frameless)

Pattern glass

  • Acid Etch or Frosted
  • Rain
  • Antique
  • Storm
  • Coral
    …. and many more

Protective Coatings & Glass

  • ShowerGuard® Glass
  • ClearShield® System Protection
  • Rain-X®


Hardware Options


  • Traditional
  • Contemporary


Over 30 finishes to choose from, including Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze.