Shower Door Basics
Shower doors are something most of us take for granted. We just don’t pay much attention to them.
But if you’re considering a new shower door, it’s important to realize that not all shower doors are the same. The truth is, there’s a large variety of designs and styles of shower doors to choose from.
Framed or frameless? Sliding or pivoting? What kind of glass – clear, textured, tinted?
It’s easy to be confused by all the choices, so here are some essential shower door basics.
How they open
Bypass shower doors, also known as sliding doors, take up the least amount of space. They consist of two or three panels that slide past each other on tracks located at the top and bottom of the shower unit. Bypass doors are most popular in corner stand-alone showers.
Pivot shower doors, also known as swing-open doors, open from a single side, and can swing either in and out to best fit the layout of your bathroom.
How they attach
Framed shower doors are usually made of aluminum or composite materials. They are available in a variety of finishes. They include a track which collects water and requires periodic cleaning.
Frameless shower doors are more modern and are easier to clean and care for. They fit well with contemporary interior designs and create a sense of spaciousness, making them ideal for smaller bathrooms.