Shower doors are an essential piece of your bathroom that can help bring your at-home oasis to life. But with a variety of shower door options to choose from, how do you know which is best? This blog will not only show you different shower door options, but it will also highlight a few options for handicap accessible bathrooms.
Shower doors have evolved over the years and can now range from framed to semi-framed, and even frameless doors installed in your bathroom. It is important to review the allotted space in your bathroom with your installer when you are discussing different shower door options. If the framed – to frameless shower door options just aren’t what you had in mind, think about exploring some of the options below with your Glass.com professional shower door installer:
If your needs require a more accessible shower, you should consider discussing possible additions to your shower. Glass.com shower professionals may recommend adding railings, grab bars and a folding bench inside of your shower.
However it is important to note that all handicapped-accessible bathrooms in public spaces must abide by the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards. This includes allowing enough room for a wheelchair to have access into the shower. In order to meet the ADA accessibility standard, shower doors must have a clear width of 32 inches from the face of the door to the opposite stop. This allows a wheelchair to fit within the space.
If grab bars are something you’d like your shower glass professional to install, be sure to remember a few items from the ADA. It recommends two bars be installed on the back wall, with one being 8 to 10 inches from the rim of the tub and the other being parallel to it, 33 to 36 inches from the base of the tub.
A shower seat or bench is intended to make bathing safer for anyone who has trouble standing for long periods of time. Typically the standard measurement from the back to the front of the seat is between 15 and 16 inches, which is encouraged by the ADA.
While you’re deciding which shower door will best fit your needs with your Glass.com professional installer, you should also be aware of what glass is available to be used. There are two types of glass options available for shower doors – they are laminated and tempered. Currently, shower glass professionals are encouraged to use tempered glass because if it breaks, there are smaller pieces versus large pieces of glass.
Now that you’ve explored some of the different options available for shower glass doors, including a few tips on handicapped accessible options, you are hopefully more confident when speaking to your shower door glass professional. If you’re wondering where to find a reputable installer, look to Glass.com when you’re ready, and we’ll help pair you with one who will help make your shower glass door best fit your needs.Get an Estimate
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