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Shower Doors vs. Shower Curtains

So, you’re remodeling the bath and all of a sudden you realize you’ve got a choice to make: Do you want a <a title="Shower Doors" href="http://www.atgstores.com/shower-doors_483.html" target="_blank">shower door</a>, or a <a title="Shower Curtains" href="http://www.atgstores.com/shower-curtains_1602.html" target="_blank">shower curtain</a>? Naturally, there are pros and cons on both sides and the ultimate decision will be driven by your personal taste and sense of style, but there are definitely a few things to consider before taking the plunge, as it were. We’ll start with an obvious one: <strong>1. Installation</strong> This is pretty straightforward. It’s not that installing a shower door is hard, really. It’s just that a curtain is that easy – especially if the rod is of the spring-loaded variety. <em>Winner:</em> Shower Curtains <strong>2. Durability</strong> Eh, this is a tricky one. Many factors come into play that will ultimately determine the durability of a shower curtain or door. Just a few include quality, build material, commitment to maintenance/cleaning and who is using the shower the most. All things being equal, though, we think doors beat curtains by a nose. <em>Winner</em>: Shower Doors <strong>3. Look/Style/Feel</strong> Again, this is tough. In fact, it’s so subjective that the winner will always be in the eye of the beholder. For example, tempered glass shower doors and screens have a luxurious look and heavy feel, but shower curtains are light and airy and come in endless designs. <em>Winner:</em> Tie <strong>4. Versatility</strong> As mentioned above, shower curtains come in a lot of colors, patterns and materials, and can be accented with various rings, rods and liners. Put all this together and you have a lot of combinations from which to choose. Shower doors and screens have a bit of variety when it comes to trim and glass color, but nothing in the way of what curtains can offer. <em>Winner:</em> Shower Curtains <strong>5. Cost </strong> Once again, this is a bit of a wash, so to speak. Shower curtains continue to be one of the most affordable ways to change the look of a bathroom, and so rightfully earn a win in this category. <em>Winner:</em> Shower Curtains So, which is the overall winner? <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> invites you to decide with your vote below. [poll id="9"]
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