One easy way to upgrade your bath while adding a healthy dose of premium posh is to introduce a shower enclosure made with CLARVISTA(R) glass by PPG, a shower glass that uses a fused-on coating to keep its showroom looks longer than competing shower glass products.
Ron and Susan Bishop of Adams Twp., Pa., recently completed an extensive remodel of the master bathroom in their 20-year-old suburban Pittsburgh home. The remake covered nearly every square inch of the space, including the installation of new cabinets, tile, floor coverings and lighting. Even so, the couple says one of the biggest highlights is the custom shower enclosure made from brilliantly transparent Clarvista glass.
“Few things detract from the appearance of a luxurious bathroom more than a shower door covered with water deposits and soap scum,” Mr. Bishop said. “Susan and I made it a point to find a product that would keep its good looks and be easy to maintain. We completed the renovation on our master bath more than a year ago, and the glass on our shower enclosure still looks brand new. Clarvista glass definitely filled the bill.
”When considering a new shower enclosure for a bathroom, whether it is part of an extensive remodel or just one step in a long-term project, most kitchen and bath designers offer thefollowing advice:
-Consider the size of the bathroom. A sleek, stylish glass shower enclosure not only adds a measure of dazzle every time you enter, it helps your bathroom appear more spacious, too. In most instances, a frameless shower enclosure will provide the cleanest, most open look. If you decide to go with a framed shower enclosure, you'll have two choices: frameless sliding doors or framed doors. For framed doors, be sure the finish of the metal framing and handles matches your bathroom fixtures.
-Think outside the box. Most shower enclosures are square or rectangular, but today’s designers encourage you to think about other shapes. Don’t be afraid to consider a circular or oval-shaped enclosure, a triangle or even a standard shape with an artfully bowed glass door.
-Don’t skimp on the glass. All glass used for shower enclosures is safety glass, which means it is tempered to make it stronger and more shatterproof. That doesn’t mean all shower glass is alike, though. Shower glass is typically between 1/4- and 1/2-inch thick, but there can be significant differences in appearance. Most shower doors and enclosures are fabricated from conventional clear glass ― which typically has a light, almost imperceptible green cast ― or some variation of frosted glass. If you want a lookthat’s chic and ultra-clear, ask your bath designer or showroom retailer about Clarvista glass on Starphire glass by PPG for one of the clearest shower glasses available. If you’re trying to stay on budget and clarity is not a priority, you should still request Clarvista glass because laboratory testing has shown it will look newer longer than other shower glass products.
No matter which Clarvista glass you choose, be sure to clean the surface regularly so that it always has that “Wow!”-inducing showroom sheen.
To learn more about Clarvista shower glass by PPG, or to find a retailer in your area, visit www.ppgclarvista.com or call 1-888-PPG-GLAS (774-4527).
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Robert J. Struble
PPG Flat Glass