GHBA Remodelers Council: Here are some shower design trends for 2020 and beyond


Whether you are adding a new shower in your bathroom or updating an old shower, walk-in showers with glass doors are still very popular.

When you are planning the project, you and your shower glass professional need to discuss what type of shower enclosure and glass doors will best meet your lifestyle.

The exact dimensions of your shower space will be needed, as well as how much room you have between the shower and other fixtures, and the amount of time you want to invest in daily cleanup.

 Frameless clear glass enclosures are still the most popular choice for showers. A protective coating can be added to protect the glass from hardwater and soap scum.

Frameless glass makes a space feel modern, larger and open. Clear glass allows you to showcase tilework, and beautiful hardware inside the shower. Frameless units have clips, hinges and handles which allow you to select finishes to let your style shine. Trending now are brass, gold and matte black fixtures.

 Semi-frameless doors have frames along the top edge and sides. They are good alternative because they are sturdy and less costly, and come in many stylish models.

You and your shower glass professional will also need to select shower doors that meet your style preferences and work well with your bathroom layout. When choosing doors, it’s important to make sure there’s enough clearance between the fully opened door and surrounding bath fixtures before installation.

 Pivot or hinged doors swing open like a standard door from a single side on corner or alcove walk-ins. Some models can allow the door to swing inward and outward. They are good for narrow openings.

 Bypass or sliding doors are a good solution for smaller baths with little floor space with wide openings or tub enclosures. If clear glass doesn’t provide the privacy you want, there are several other options to consider.

 Frosted glass prevents light from cleanly passing through and is easier to maintain than clear glass.

 Textured glass with a variety of pattern options can work well for a specific theme you may have in mind for your bath.

 Acid-etched glass offers a variety of patterns and custom designs, and creates an open and spacious look with privacy.

 Tinted glass, although clear, reduces the amount of light that passes through the doors and is available in a variety of colors.

When choosing a professional to design and install your shower doors or enclosure, it is advisable to work with a professional glass company to make sure that you are getting quality products and experienced technicians.

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home. Remodeling a bathroom has been shown to provide an excellent return on investment for resale and personal enjoyment. Adding or upgrading frameless shower doors is one of the best upgrades you can make.

This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. To reach the author directly, email [email protected]. For information on this article, contact Lorraine Hart at [email protected]. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, visit

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