Bubble glass for shower enclosure? Decision overload.

jrueterAugust 3, 2014

I keep thinking that some light texture to the glass shower enclosure will minimize the appearance of spots between cleanings. DH will NOT squeegee(and I'm not that into it either). Our contractor can get this bubble glass (see link) but is pushing for the clear. Says squeegee is easy, textured costs more (but won't know exact numbers until they measure tomorrow) and the texture will hide the pretty tile and make the bathroom seem smaller.

Any thoughts or insights? How much of an upgrade is the bubble glass? +10%, +50%, +150%?

Do you think this pattern will hide water spots? Will it visually shrink the bathroom?

Should I just get the clear glass and squeegee? That would seem the safe choice.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bubble glass

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Babka NorCal 9b

We put in patterned glass. Yes it totally disguises the daily shower spray we use to keep it from getting hard water and soap spots. The rest of the tile is porcelain, and the bench is quartz, so I can use the shower spray stuff on that too and NEVER have to clean the shower. The extra cost was well worth it for us. I put the fancy glass/marble/foil mosaic on the outside so I can always see it. I get to see my beautiful porcelain tiles inside every day when I shower. I don't think it makes our room seem smaller. I really love seeing this glass even from the inside!


    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 10:50PM
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Whew, I think it would be about 50% - 60% more but without knowing the type shower enclosure it is tough to more exact.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 6:55AM
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The spots and gradual accumulation of stuff will still be there, but you just won't see it as easily. Squeegee *is* fast and easy and it doesn't involve spraying cleaners in an enclosed chamber. I think it's part of the price of having nice stuff.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 11:01AM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Linelle- The spray really does stop anything from building up. I've used it for years with hard water and chrome fixtures and glass showers. The link below explains how these types of daily shower sprays work so well.


Here is a link that might be useful: How daily shower sprays work

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 1:02PM
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Babka, thanks for the link. I like better understanding how things work. I have a bottle of the stuff in my other shower with glass doors. Unless I spray quite a bit, it kind of clumps in the sprayed areas. I wonder about breathing in the overspray. So, I stick with the squeegee. I'm glad it works for you. It's always good to hear real-world experiences.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 1:53PM
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Thanks for the input everyone.
Babka - thanks especially for the link. I am a chemist, so it was a very pleasant surprise to see the link from the ACS!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 3:48PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Clumps? There are several different brands. The only one I am familiar with the "Clean Shower". It just sprays a clear mist, no clumps.


    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 7:11PM
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Okay, clumps was a bad choice of words. :p The spray doesn't form a uniform sheet, but forms large circles where the spray hits, then it drips downward.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 9:35PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

You don't need to make a uniform sheet...you spray in on the beaded water 12-15" away and the water runs down the wall. It doesn't have to be fully covered, just a mist. What you don't get this time you will probably get the next. The mist also falls to the floor at the bottom of the wall, so after I exit the shower I just need a couple sprays aimed at the floor and I'm done!

Those thin film residue lines get rinsed off the next time water hits the wall/glass. BUT if you want sparkly clear glass all the time, you have to squeegee or towel dry. It it PERFECT for patterned glass.


    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 10:16PM
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