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It can be difficult to know what style or finishes best suit your needs when doing a bathroom renovation. With the many different types and options to choose from, a project that seemed exciting in the beginning can quickly become a burdensome task.

Something relatively simple to add to your bathroom remodel that will give you that unexpected aesthetic appeal would be a glass shower enclosure. It can be something you don't think much about, but not only are these popular in style, but they also offer many other benefits concerning durability and cleanliness. Here are a few ways you may benefit from using shower enclosures:

  • Low Maintenance: This will be an investment that will offer you low maintenance and repair. By choosing a frameless shower enclosure, that means you will have fewer metal parts to collect grime and rust over the course of your shower's lifetime.
  • Easy Cleaning: This is such a wonderful benefit to choosing a frameless shower enclosure! Framed or frameless, glass is very easy to take care of and clean. Bathrooms have the potential of being one of the dirtiest rooms in your house, so it's nice to be able to cut off some of your cleaning time with the shower area.
  • Rust-Free: This is especially the case if you choose a frameless shower enclosure. With the lack of metal used, the chance of rust and mildew decrease exponentially. This will also help your shower keep the look of newness over time, and will help with the resale value of your home down the road.

If you are looking for a professional team of shower enclosure experts and installers, check out Hutchinson Glass & Mirror. The oldest, independent, family-owned glass fabricator/retailer in the Washington metro area, Hutchinson Glass & Mirror is able to answer any questions you may have. Please, do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Or, hop on over to the blog for some more great tips and answers for any and all of your glass needs!

Sorting through all of the different shower enclosures available on the market day can literally make consumers’ heads spin. So we wanted to make the process less complicated by using today’s blog post to talk about the advantages that come with installing popular types of shower enclosures. Two styles that we’d like to hone in on first are frameless and framed shower enclosures.

Frameless shower enclosures traditionally require the expertise of a glass fabrication expert and the use of architectural-quality glass. Just in case you are unfamiliar with it, architectural-quality glass tends to be stronger, safer, easier to maintain and more versatile than other forms of glass. Thus, it may be used to create a wide variety of unique, personalized shower enclosures.

Framed shower enclosures, as you might have assumed, rely on a support system. So the room’s architectural elements must work in harmony with the shower enclosure’s exact framework. As for the framework, in most instances, it is manufactured out of metal. Furthermore, the doors may be fashioned out of plastic or thin glass. Subsequently, that tends to make them inexpensive but harder to maintain over time.

Of course framed and frameless shower enclosures are not the only options today’s consumers have at their disposal. Some may choose to go with a blend of the two types. The blends are often referred to as semi-framed shower enclosures. They are very affordable and may be crafted in a way that works with unusual layouts. Plus, semi-framed shower enclosures have the potential to look beautiful too.

To ask questions and determine which shower enclosures are right for your properties, please contact us by calling (301) 984-7500. At Hutchinson Glass & Mirror, we’ve been installing shower enclosures in and around the Washington, D.C. metro area for decades. In addition, we are members of the Glass Association of North America, the American Society of Interior Design and the Mid-Atlantic Glass Association.


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