Compare and Contrast: Glass Shower Doors vs. Shower Curtains

If you’re choosing between a shower curtain and a glass shower door for your bathroom renovation, Springfield Glass Company can help. There are many factors to consider, including the style of your home, the layout of your bathroom, your budget, and your long-term plans. Today, we compare your options so you can make the best decision.

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The Pros of Glass Shower Doors

Let’s compare glass shower doors to shower curtains. First, shower curtains tend to emit a damp mildew smell over time, but you can easily clean a shower door with glass cleaner. Next, glass enclosures give your bathroom a modern, luxurious look — especially the frameless ones. The glass can make the compact space feel large while simultaneously fitting into tight areas. Furthermore, glass doors are a great way to showcase beautiful tile work on the inside of your shower, and they’re efficient at holding water within the shower area.      

Generally, you should choose a glass shower door when:

  • You have plenty of bathroom space
  • You plan to stay in your home for a long time
  • You want a clean, modern look

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The Pros of Shower Curtains

Shower curtains, on the other hand, are cost-effective options that typically appeal to families who bathe young children. It’s easy to move the curtain to one side so you can lean into the shower area or bathtub. With traditional shower curtains, there are endless variations of patterns, colors, and rods to choose from. You have flexibility for the configurations to connect in unusual spaces. Additionally, you can replace the plastic waterproof fabric at any time.

In general, it’s a good idea to choose a shower curtain if:

  • You have a smaller space
  • Your kids, pets, and/or elderly relatives share the bathroom
  • You want to easily change your bathroom layout in the future   

Which Is Better — A Glass Shower Door or a Curtain?

Ultimately, it’s about what you prefer and what best matches your budget and bathroom arrangement. Some people may desire a glass enclosure because it’s easier to clean, while others might appreciate the versatility of choosing different rod options and curtain sizes. Glass doors will cost more upfront, but they’re worthwhile for the long haul because they don’t accumulate mildew and soap scum like curtains do.   

As we’ve outlined, there are advantages and disadvantages to both, but we’re biased toward glass shower doors. At Springfield Glass Company, we’ve witnessed how they contribute beauty, style, and personalization to a bathroom. You can trust our team to design and install an elegant shower door just the way you want it.   

Get a Free Estimate on Glass Shower Doors 

Springfield Glass Company has over 30 years of experience in glass design, repair, and installation. Whether you’re looking for just a glass shower door or you’d like an entire free-standing shower with glass walls, our team of experts will handle everything from start to finish. Plus, all of our glass comes with a one-year warranty. Call (417) 883-6555 today or contact Springfield Glass Company online for a free estimate. 

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