Many people who redo their bathrooms think about changing how their shower looks. Sometimes this means expanding the shower, while other times it just means giving it a makeover. You might want to change the type of shower door you’re using. The 4 most common types of glass showers feature door designs that work differently. You might find that one of these designs works better for your space than others.
Sliding shower doors are common for those with fairly long showers. They work just like sliding patio doors: they sit on a track, one slightly in front of the other. If you have a bathtub, pivot doors can be installed on the edge of the bathtub. These doors can be a little difficult to clean, and sometimes they can leak.
Pivot doors are most often used for those who have a good sized bathroom. That’s because this type of door swings outward into the bathroom, so you need plenty of room. If you have a recessed shower, a pivot door may be perfect.
A bi-fold door is similar to a pivot door except instead of opening out into the room, the door is made of two panels with hinges in the center. The door folds inward, so it doesn’t need that much space. You do need a track on the bottom of the door. This can be an issue since the door sometimes gets caught on the track. However, a bi-fold door is perfect for small bathrooms that don’t have much space.
Finally, frameless shower doors are the fourth type of the 4 most common types of glass showers. They have a nice modern look to them, and many people have started using frameless doors. They do open outward into the bathroom, so like pivot doors, frameless shower doors do need some extra room.