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Clear Glass has a green hue to it, and the thicker the glass, the greener the hue. Clear (or standard) glass contains iron, resulting in the green color and reduced clarity. This green hue can look nearly black at the edge of a thick 3/4″ piece of glass.

Low-iron glass is produced through a special process in which the iron particles are removed from the glass resulting in an ultra-clear glass. With the green hue removed, this is a premium upgrade to standard glass.

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Shower glass experts say there are typically two thickness options for frameless shower door glass: 3/8″ and 1/2″. The minimum thickness that is necessary for the stability and overall soundness of the glass door is 3/8″. Going with a minimum thickness for your shower glass door has become a popular choice because it is less expensive than thicker glass.

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Coatings offer protection for all kinds of glass surfaces, from exterior windows to etched glass and even fine art glass.  However, the shower door industry utilizes coating technology more than any other. The most significant reason for this is that shower enclosures are exposed to hard water and body oils every day, making them more likely than most other glass surfaces to stain.


We recommend:

ShowerGuard® -- an invisible protective coating that is permanently fused to the surface of the glass, creating a smooth surface that is highly resilient to dirt, soap, and hard water buildup that dulls and etches ordinary glass.

Clearshield -- a unique formula that repels water and oil-based substances, including soap scum, grime, mineral buildup, and more.

Cardinal 10 -- highly resistant to UV exposure, temperature shock, and mineral etching for an added level of durability.

Showerguard is done during the glass manufacturing process and has a lifetime warranty, while Clearshield is a spray-on protectant and needs to be reapplied occasionally.

Accurate Measurement - Measure your shower door opening width at the bottom, middle, and top.

Filler - Additional material that matches enclosure lineals that is used to fill gaps or uneven openings. Fillers may be tapered if required to fill out-of-level or out-of-plumb conditions. These are most commonly used on framed and semi-frameless shower doors.

Centerline - An imaginary line used as the center point of the shower enclosure. Often times the center of the curb. Centerline dimensions are commonly referred to when measuring for neo-angle shower enclosures and for installation of the bottom curbs.

Out-of-Level - Non-level, horizontal curb, ceiling, and or buttress wall condition.

Out-of-Plumb - Non-level, vertical wall condition.

Buttress - A panel that is elevated off of the curb, sometimes called Knee Wall. This option would make the door completely custom to your opening and is available in any frame type.

Notch - Cutout(s) or section(s) removed from a panel. This option would make the door completely custom to your opening and is available in any frame type.

Perfect Overlap - The condition in which a Bypass Slider is sized to have ideal panel sizes to minimize panel overlap and maximize the walkthrough opening.

Showerhead Position - Determine showerhead position as if looking at the shower from the outside.