How Much Does a Custom Glass Shower Cost?

If you’re going through the home improvement process of a bathroom remodel, then you’ve got the exciting opportunity of creating a shower that looks and works exactly like you want. One of the more difficult aspects of this process, though, is figuring out precisely how much showers and shower doors cost, as well as the shower door installation.

A wide array of options exist these days for the many different types of showers and shower doors. You have your choice of various materials, fixtures, tiles, and styles, each of which has its own flavor and feel — there really is something out there for everyone.

One important question is what type of glass panels you want, or whether or not you want to include a door alongside your new glass shower enclosures.

If you’ve already decided on a custom glass shower, then some of the hard work is out of the way. The next step is to determine which specific format you want and how much the install cost will ultimately be to implement in your bathroom(s).

Below, we’re going to break down the range of prices you can expect in this process and where those costs come from.

How much does a custom glass shower cost? Read on to find out…

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The Cost of Framed and Frameless Glass Showers

If you want your new custom glass shower to have a door in its design, it’s helpful to know how much the different options cost. For starters, you can either have a framed shower door or a frameless shower door.

The two choices naturally come with distinct price tags attached to them for a number of reasons. Framed shower doors are generally less expensive than their frameless counterparts, so people often choose that route as a practical, budgeted choice.

Even so, frameless glass shower doors have risen rapidly in popularity over the course of the last few years, and with good reason. They provide a clean, clear, and immaculate look that’s difficult to achieve with a framed shower door.

Whichever version you opt for — framed or frameless — here are the prices for which you can expect to budget.

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For a custom frameless glass shower door (the best option, in our opinion), you’re likely looking at spending somewhere between $900 and $1,300 for a door and panel. The average comes in right around $1,000, and the installation is usually about $300 on top of that.
If you really want a frameless shower door but can’t make it work with your bathroom or budget, then you might want to consider a semi-frameless shower door. These are a fashionable option for homeowners with specific needs and interests that neither framed nor frameless fully satisfies.

Semi-frameless shower doors have a very wide range as well. They usually sell for somewhere in the realm of $600-$2,200.

Again, though framed and semi-frameless shower door options do exist, most modern bathroom designs are opting for the frameless style. It showcases the bathroom space, produces a feeling of openness, and presents endless varieties for customization.

Cost and Features of Glass Showers and Shower Doors

So, you’ve decided on whether to go framed, semi-frameless, or frameless (our favorite) in your shower design. Next, we’ll discuss the different key features, aspects, and benefits of custom glass showers that can help you to determine the overall cost of your project.

The first feature to take into consideration is the size, style, and design of your shower, as well as of the bathroom in general.

For obvious reasons, bigger showers usually require more glass than compact ones. This will naturally increase the price a bit more than for smaller showers and bathrooms.

Along the same lines, shower design and bathroom style play a major role in cost. The “fancier” the design, the higher the price tag, generally speaking, this is usually due to the extra materials or time needed to produce the pieces in question.

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Given the size and styling, it’s also important to note that curved glass or non-traditionally shaped units are more expensive than the more “standard” right-angled shower designs.

Because of this, even a very small bathroom can be a little pricer to install. In other words, don’t assume that a smaller space will, in fact, be less expensive, as the total cost depends on a number of factors.

Another key consideration is the size and thickness of the glass, not to mention its quality. People are often surprised to learn that there are many different types of glass, with multiple factors at work.

(Note: While shower walls and shower doors might have a number of internal or external differences, all glass panels used in showers will be tempered in structure. Tempered glass ensures that any glass breakage will occur in chunks as opposed to tiny shards, which could be sharp and harmful to anyone using the shower or bathroom at that time.)

For one, the width of the glass is a central component. Frameless shower doors usually have a thicker glass, which is one of the many reasons that they’re more expensive on average than framed shower doors.

One source recommends, “For shower glass panels, a ½-inch glass is ideal.” However we at Century Glass feel that is ideal for larger units. For an average shower glass panel we feel ¼-inch glass is best. For frameless glass shower doors, we recommend up to 3/8-inch thick glass for larger doors.

This brings us to another point: some doors swing open while other showers feature sliding doors. Swinging and Sliding glass doors, make use of different technical requirements. This means you’re looking at $200-300 for the installation itself.

Yet another important aspect of custom glass shower cost comes by way of the various materials and specialty items involved in the design itself. Some examples include glass coated with antimicrobial and low iron (ultra clear) glass options. Frosted shower doors are considerably more than the same door without frosting or etching.

Ultimately, every consumer good made of glass will come with its own particular built-in costs. Whether it’s thickness, coating, special design, or something else, a number of disparate factors come together to determine the final cost of a custom glass shower door.
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Let Us Help You with Your New Custom Glass Shower

As you can see, designing a new custom glass shower is hard work, not to mention the technical requirements of getting the new hardware installed properly and safely. That’s why we’re here.

At Century Glass, we pride ourselves on helping homeowners through the tricky (and very rewarding) process of choosing a new custom glass shower. Installation is one of our specialties; we know how to do it well and get it done right the first time.

If you live in the Charleston or Columbia, South Carolina, areas, then look no further for your shower glass needs. We aren’t just trying to sell you a shower door—we work with you to determine your best options, aesthetically and structurally, to make sure that you get the perfect shower for you and your home.

Give us a call or stop by one of our showrooms to see our work and speak with a specialist. We can’t wait to help you create a bathroom design that fits your needs and lifestyle.

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Visit a Century Glass Showroom Near You

Our Columbia and Charleston showrooms are stocked with beautiful showpieces highlighting the best in framed, frameless and semi-frameless shower doors, sliding shower doors, pro-glide showers, bathroom mirrors, windows and sliding patio doors, and more.

If you are in either the Columbia, SC or Charleston, SC area, then stop by our locations to see what kind of shower glass and door solutions we have for your home or business.

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