If you're upgrading or remodeling your bathroom, replacing your shower door can make a huge difference. But buying a shower door is not a simple process that should be done on a whim. You will need to select the right shower door for your bathroom and then ensure that you have an experienced contractor to install it. If you plan on replacing your shower door in the near future, use the following tips for purchasing a new one:

Select the Right Style

The style of shower door you will need will depend on how much space you have in your bathroom and whether you have a stand alone shower or a tub/shower combo. If you have a smaller bathroom with a narrow shower stall, a pivot door is the best choice. For a larger shower stall, you can choose to have a sliding shower door installed. For a tub/shower combo, buy a sliding glass shower door that is designed to fit a tub/shower combo.

Decide on Shower Glass

There are many options when it comes to glass for a shower door. You can select clear glass, frosted glass, or textured glass. If you want more privacy in the shower, frosted or textured glass is probably your best choice. If you have a window above you near your shower and want to let natural light into the bathroom, consider going with a clear glass.

Take Exact Measurements

Prior to purchasing a new shower door, it is important to take exact measurements. The last thing you want to do is pay for a new shower door only to discover that it is too big or too small for your shower or tub/shower combo. Take measurements once, and then take them again several times. If you are unsure about how to take proper measurements for a shower door, enlist the help of a contractor to make sure it is done right.

Consider the Finishes

Most people want their bathroom to have a clean and cohesive look. If you're doing a whole bathroom remodel, it is a good idea to select all of the finishes you plan to use, such as lighting, faucets, towel bars, and shower head, before you buy your new shower door. This will make it easy to ensure that all of the finishes that you plan to have installed either match or complement the finish on your shower door's door handle and frame. 

For more information, contact a business such as Bradenton Window & Allied Products.