What You Should Know about Custom Shower Doors

by south coast glass

If you’re redesigning your bathroom or just generally looking into how you can make it a nicer room, something that might cross your mind is your shower door. It’s not often thought about how much impact a shower door can have on the bathroom and your quality of life, but you’d be surprised.

When it comes to shower doors, there are a number of different options to choose from to make it truly right for your bathroom, whether it be the trim, the opacity, and the thickness of the glass, or otherwise. Having a custom shower door can make your time in the bathroom much more enjoyable.

There are a lot of benefits to going custom. Here are just a few of the the main aspects & benefits you should consider. If you’re in the market for a new shower door and want something unique for your space… Give us a call!


One of the major problems that people tend to have with glass shower doors is that they don’t offer as much privacy as a shower curtain. And even if you find a shower door that’s opaque, it might not be the right shape and size for you. It can be tricky to find one that’s right for you while maintaining the same privacy and flexibility that a shower curtain does. When you’re having your door custom-made, you can have it as translucent as you’d like it to be, meaning that privacy is no longer a problem.

Glass Shower Door Exhibiting Privacy

You’ll also have the choice between whether or not the glass is frosted or tinted, making it easier to fit the feel and theme of your bathroom.

The Shape

Designing your own bathroom can be very difficult if you want everything to fit. Having a custom shower, or a tricky placement might make finding shower doors almost impossible. Fitting a door in such an awkward area, or finding one that matches becomes an almost impossible task. You don’t have to worry about that when you’re having something custom-made. From the way the door swings, to accommodate small bathroom spaces, to a sliding door. However you want or need it, custom-made doors can be made to fit any bathroom.

Without having it custom-made, you may find yourself having to design your shower space around the doors that are available to you – which might seem practical, but this isn’t an area where you should have to compromise.

Glass thickness

Glass doors will always have the concern of durability that comes with them, especially when it comes to your shower. They’re thinner than most doors, and for some people that’s a dealbreaker. If the door swings open too fast, or you knock on something – it could break. This is why custom-made shower doors can also be made at different thicknesses. You can adjust not only to fit the needs of your shower but to find a thickness that you feel comfortable with having. 

A glass shower door by South Coast

Thicker glass is heavier but more durable, while thinner glass is going to be a lot more fragile and light – both of which have their benefits! If the rest of your shower is quite thin, you might want a lighter door so as not to put a strain on the structure around it.

The Framing

Now we’re coming to the design of your shower door. There’s still functionality to how your door is framed, but for the most part, individuals are more interested in how it affects the appearance of their door. Typically, you’ll see most shower doors without frames. The smooth seamless glass that matches the rest of the shower walls really does a lot to create a more modern feel. With that said, it’s not always the best option, as the frame can look appealing, all the while creating a sturdier, more durable door.

If you’re creative, you can have a frame on your door that perfectly matches the rest of your bathroom, meaning that you benefit from great design and the durability that comes with it. This is much easier if you’ve already got a plan in mind for the rest of your bathroom, so think carefully about how you want things to look.

The Edgework

Something that you might not have considered before is how you want the edges of your glass to be. It seems like such a minor detail, but it can make a lot of difference. Of course, this doesn’t really apply if you’re going to have your own custom framing around your custom shower door, but it’s great to know otherwise. This is about how you want the edges of your glass to look and feel. You don’t want something that’s sharp enough that you might harm yourself if you put enough force on it, but having it sanded too much can take away from how well it flows with the rest of the shower.

A glass shower door showing edgework

It’s more of a safety concern than aesthetic, but there are some great finishes you can go with nonetheless. Whether you want it polished, beveled, or another option.

What Else Should You Consider with a Custom Shower Door?

Well, if you’re looking for a shower door in Carlsbad, you should know that there’s a lot more to it than what you’re seeing. It’s not just about the product that you get, but the security that comes with it. It’s custom-made, which means you’re getting the promises of the company that are offered.

Quality craftsmanship

Oftentimes, buying premade shower doors from a store will feel like they’re lacking. They’re not made with a specific individual’s wants and needs in mind, and that alone can be pretty unsatisfactory. When you have it custom-made, you know that quality craftsmanship has gone into it, and it becomes much easier to appreciate what you have. It was made for you.

Your own warranty

As mentioned earlier, a lot of the concern with shower doors is how fragile they may be, and no one wants to risk spending a lot of money that’s going to get damaged shortly after taking it home. Your warranty protects you from such a loss, ensuring that your shower door will last you as long as you need it.

It’s as durable as you make it

You have a lot of control over how durable your shower door is with each different feature, so you can feel safe knowing that you’re not getting something incredibly fragile when you know it’s going to get rough treatment.

What Else Should You Consider?

Are you ready to get started? Contact us today! Our team can be at your location fast to provide a quick and accurate estimate. We love helping our clients with custom shower doors!