Tips On Frameless Showers, Bathroom Mirrors

Meranda Adams
Written by Meranda Adams
Updated June 15, 2021
bathroom shower and tub with sink and tile floor
When remodeling your bathroom, don't forget your glass and mirror options. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member James G. of Newton, Mass.)

San Diego glass experts explain what's popular in bathrooms, plus what California contractor license installers need for frameless shower enclosures, mirrors

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Three highly rated mirror and glass installers reflect on what’s hot in San Diego bathroom remodeling staples, from frameless shower enclosures to picture framed mirrors.

Who we spoke to

Best Value Glass, Steve Welsh, owner, 
El Cajon, Calif.

Discount Glass & Mirror
, Anthony Bortz, president, 
San Diego

, Kyle Thompson, owner
, Oceanside, Calif.

Steve Welsh: We do anything related to shower doors from frameless showers to semi-frameless, clear glass to obscure patterned glass doors. Most popular right now is a clear heavy-glass, frameless shower enclosure. We can also do any size bathroom mirrors.

Anthony Bortz: We do custom-framed mirrors and pictures, and frameless wall mirrors and frameless all-glass shower enclosures. A lot of our work is custom, a lot of the bathroom glass we do is clear because people spend a lot of money on the bathroom tile.

Kyle Thompson: We’re a glass shop and window company, so we do glass showers, mirrors, window repairs and window installations. Frameless heavy-glass showers are extremely popular lately as are a lot of large frameless mirrors for bathrooms.

How much is it to install a frameless shower? How long does installation take?

Welsh: A frameless shower is basically double the price of a basic metal-enclosed shower door. My average price would be about $1,500 for a frameless shower door and panel in a corner. It varies depending on the shower setup. Normally, it takes a day to install and five to seven work days to prepare.

Bortz: For every shower, we measure after tile is complete, and then it takes seven to 10 work days. Prices are difficult, but if you’re looking for a slider enclosure, you can get something for $400 to $1,500. If want to go crazy, such as curved shower doors, a door can be $5,000.

Thompson: Shower doors go anywhere from $500 to $600 up to $1,500. The majority are $900-$1,500. The smaller ones with only a small door are cheapest. Most shower installs are done in one day, but lead time is about a week to allow time to fabricate and correct any defect.

How do consumers pick their pieces?

Welsh: We have a showroom so they can see a few options for shower and mirror options. We also have catalogs and Web pages to show options. When they’re ready, we meet at their home to get measurements for the shower stall and help design it.

Bortz: We have a huge showroom with every kind of shower door display, cabinet glass and picture frames. We’ve got different shower enclosures, so we can show this is exactly what you’re going to get.

Thompson: We have a small showroom, but mostly I go to a home with catalogs and show them pictures of mirror and shower hardware options while standing in their bathroom looking where their shower or mirror will go.

What should homeowners look for in a glass company?

Welsh: The big thing is check references and look up their California contractors license number online to see if it covers glazing specifically and if they’re current with required insurance.

Bortz: Look at their reputation, warranty and length of business history, and that they have the proper C-17 California state contractors license and insurance.

Thompson: Look for a licensed, insured contractor with the California C-17 glazing license, which means they’re a glass specialist. Even if you hire a general contractor for the remodel, they should have a licensed glass specialist.

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