Transform the look of your bathroom with luxurious Frameless Shower Doors. A well thought out custom shower door with premium hardware and customized glass offers long term value and enjoyment. We like to educate our clients on all the options available. We only use the best hardware available. We customize the glass to suit your needs. We typically offer 3/8″ thick and 1/2′ thick glass as our standard options.
Ultra Clear Glass
While others in the industry continue to offer standard clear glass as their standard go to, we have created our own new standard here in the Naples/Bonita area. That standard is – Ultra Clear Glass. We are leading the industry by offering Ultra clear or low- iron glass as our standard. This is just one of the many ways we lead in cutting edge design.
The trend in frameless shower doors has been moving to a “true” frameless look. This means the fixed panels are installed with clips vs. u-channel. The U-channel installation is now referred to as a semi-frameless. We are seeing more and more clients opt for the heavy 1/2″ glass for the ultimate luxury feel and look. The heavy 1/2″ Ultra Clear Glass guarantees our clients will be admiring their shower for for years and years to come. Standard glass has a green hue to it. The green can make your white tile, or lighter colored marbles look green. That green tint is hard to fall in love with, and even harder to stay in love with. Ultra clear provides the optimal clarity. A frameless shower enclosure, if done right, should essentially disappear. Please visit our showroom to see the many different shower displays with all the glass options!
Ultra Clear 1/2″ Glass installed to the ceiling creates a custom, spa worthy steam shower. Top and Bottom mount pivot hinges provide the necessary structural support for this large 1/2″ thick 8′ tall door. Pivot hinges are always the superior choice. 90% of the door weight is on the bottom hinge, as opposed to wall mount hinges where all the weight of the glass is placed on the supporting wall.
Header Free Frameless Shower Doors
In the photo above you can see a completely custom shower enclosure we deigned for a client. Truly great design flows effortlessly, making it go unnoticed. Clients choose Builders Glass of Bonita, Inc. knowing they will have their shower customized by one of our glass designers. While others in the industry would have offered a generic standard install, we lead the industry with our innovative shower designs. Industry standards would require this shower to have a header at the top. The old school Glass Shops are still doing showers the way they always have. That means when a door is designed where it can’t be hinged off the wall, they insist a header is required.
Why we are Different!
How are we doing things differently at Builders Glass of Bonita, Inc.? We design outside of the box. Here this can be seen in the shower hardware we selected. The ‘header-less’ design is made possible with our innovative glass mounted pivot hinge. Keeping structural integrity also in mind, the top glass mount pivot hinge is only part of the equation. The other critical components are the hardware and glass used to secure the left glass panel to the wall. Heavy duty, structural clips, alongside heavy 1/2″ tempered glass ensure that this fixed panel has the structural integrity to support the weight of the 1/2″ thick door.
In addition to the two wall mount clips, you likely didn’t notice the final component- the small u-channel at the bottom. Why would we recommend u-channel for a frameless shower? Without the u-channel at the bottom, another clip would be necessary, which would have added a lot of distraction to the eye. We love the look of clips, we do… we just don’t love the look of a LOT of clips. In our experience, adding clips to the bottom causes the eye to jump all around the shower and this can be so distracting, that the beauty is lost. The u-channel is such a smooth transition, it goes unnoticed, as intended.
We also want your shower to be as functional as it is beautiful. The u-channel is a functional choice. Not only does it compensate for any out of level issues that are quite common, the u-channel at the bottom means less silicone. Less is always more when it comes to silicone. The base your shower is the weakest spot for leakage. With clips at the bottom, we would have to use a substantially thicker bead of silicone to properly seal.
The Pretty Details
Enough about the technical, lets look at The Pretty Details…
Contemporary clip and hinge hardware – The contemporary look is achieved using clips and hinges with a squared edge, as opposed to the rounded edge hinges that are standardly seen
Ultra Clear Glass – Ultra Clear Glass is stunning and the only option as far as we are concerned. Others in the industry haven’t discovered the make or break impact ultra clear glass has on the final result of the entire bathroom, we have and we wont settle for less. The optimal clarity without the standard green tint, will make everything in the bathroom pop. Don’t let the green of standard glass be the ‘pop of color’ indoor bathroom! Ultra Clear Glass provides a subtle beauty and richness that can’t be matched
Neo-angle – This corner shower is designed with the best use of space in mind. The neo-angle design is further enhanced with a custom mitered edge on the fixed panel of the shower.The flat polished edge of the door lines up perfectly at this corner with a minimal 1/8″ space. Industry standards consider 1/4″ gap acceptable. We do not. We have sought out the best Glaziers in the industry. Our Master glaziers have the experience and precise measuring skills required to execute a custom shower like this.
Sleek custom handle – The custom shower pull further enhances the beauty of the glass, tile and fixtures. It doesn’t steal the show, it’s subtle sophistication flows effortlessly, as intended.
The new Brushed Bronze or gold shower hardware. The shower hardware is a new finish that matches Delta and Brizo’s popular champagne bronze or gold fixtures.
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Clips vs. U-channel explained. The many shower door hardware options cane be confusing!
Robe and Towel Hooks
Consider adding a Towel or Robe Hook to your frameless shower door. Robe or towel Hooks can be added to the door or fixed panel wherever you desire. You will love the convenience and clean look they provide. No more towels haphazardly thrown over the glass to dry! Coordinate your robe hook to match your custom handle for the most elegant design. To see the full selection, visit Portals Luxury Hardware