What is Simply Brilliant Shower Doors?? First, we start with 3/8" thick clear tempered safety glass (Yes this is the same thickness of glass you would find surrounding a hockey rink). It's not to say we don't use 1/2" on occasion but 3/8" glass is the preferred thickness for heavy glass. The following reasons are:
1st) 3/8" glass is more clear compared to 1/2" glass which has a slightly greener tint.
2nd) 3/8" glass when used day-in and day-out, is lighter in weight and and has a more friendly feel to it.
3rd) A swinging door that uses this lighter glass will self-center better, the hardware last longer and you still achieve the heavy glass look.
If you are still wanting a 1/2" glass shower door please don't let me discourage you. It is just my opinion that 3/8" is better no matter the cost. Every door we install is custom to the opening. If the grout line is around 30" we will adjust the size of the door and the hinges to meet that line. We place our hinges anywhere from 5" to 10" from the top or bottom. The standard height of the door is around 72" tall (Common height for most shower doors). If the shower door requires a header the height would start at 77". Also, you may notice almost all of the showers we install have a clear polycarbonate swipe on the bottom only. The reason I mention this is because some Glaziers put the swipe material on the sides as well as the bottom to seal in the water. This method means that the door will hit against the polycarbonate when closing and not allow the shower door to open in-wards. We suggest allowing an 1/8" gap between the glass, this will avoid the CLUNK every time you close the door and this will also do away with that additional seal. Now in some cases Seals should be used & tolerated when the customer has wood floors outside of the shower. And in some cases if the slop is not done with enough of an angle then a seal should be used to lead the water back into the shower. Just a thought, wouldn't you rather the water drip inwards after a shower instead of all over the floor? Whatever I know I'm rambling on but some people would like to hear this stuff.