Whether you are remodeling your entire bathroom or just updating the shower, the type of door you choose for the shower can have a major impact on your enjoyment of the space going forward. Choosing the right option means knowing what your choices are. The following guide can help.
Door vs No Door
The first decision you need to make is whether you want a door or not. An open shower must be closed off by a curtain if you don't have a door. The benefits of a curtain are the low cost and the fact you can easily change it out as your style changes over the years. Of course, a curtain is also more prone to mold and mildew, as well as tearing and other damages. You also do not get a watertight seal with a curtain.
A door provides a solid barrier so you don't have to worry about leaks. Also, while shower doors aren't meant to be weight-bearing, they do provide a better surface to regain one's balance after a minor slip or moment of imbalance.
Types of Doors
Glass shower doors come in a variety of mechanism types.
A pivot door opens and closes on a pivot, similar to how a hinged door opens and closes. There are seals built in around the exterior of the door so water doesn't leak out via the gaps. You can get pivot doors as single doors or double doors. The benefit of double doors is that it makes the entire tub accessible and open when necessary. This can make it easier for those with mobility issues to get in and out of the shower. It is also better if you have young children that you sometimes bathe inside the bathtub portion of the shower enclosure.
Sliding doors are just as they sound — doors that slide open. These are typically used for wide showers or those that also feature a bathtub. Only one side of the door can slide open at a time, which can make them more difficult to use for those with accessibility issues. Sliding doors are sometimes less prone to leaks because the water seals aren't as exposed as they are on pivot doors.
When it comes to glass, there are two decisions to make. The first is framed or frameless. A framed door can feel more secure, but the frame may catch soap scum and be more difficult to clean. Frameless doors provide a more open feel and are easier to maintain.
The other decision is frosted versus clear. Frosted doors provide privacy, whereas clear glass gives the room a more open feel. Clear doors can also make it easier to check on children or a disabled person while they are showering if this is a need in your home.
Contact a shower door company to learn more about your options.