Give your bathroom a cleaner look with the right shower door
Since shower curtains are magnets for mold and often fail to keep water from splashing out of the shower onto the bathroom wall and floor, shower doors are the preferred solution for many homeowners. Shower doors are available in many different styles and configurations and blend in seamlessly with everything from traditional to contemporary interior designs.
Standard Types of Shower Doors
Sliding shower doors make a good choice if you have a bathtub (rather than a stand-up shower). These doors usually have one or two fixed panels with one moving panel that slides along a track. With these bathtub shower doors, the moving panel is typically placed at the rear of the tub.
Swinging shower doors are affixed to a stationary panel with simple door hinges. A swinging door is a popular alternative to sliding shower doors, as they're easier to install and operate because they don't use tracking to operate the door. Track doors can easily become misaligned, which can require repair or replacement.
Bifold shower doors are an excellent solution for small bathrooms. These are just like bifold doors for your closet, and typically fold into your shower into two or three sections to maximize the floor space in the rest of the bathroom.
While plastic can be used, glass shower doors are sturdier and offer a more elegant look. If privacy is a concern, you can get shower doors that obscure the person using the shower with frosting or tinting. In fact, this is the rule rather than the exception – most shower doors are manufactured with privacy concerns in mind.
Specialized Shower Doors
If you or someone in your family is living with a physical disability, custom shower doors or shower enclosures designed for easy accessibility can be designed and installed. Heavy-duty doors and shower doors that do not have tracks along the bottom (but, rather, the top) are commonly used in these situations.
Frameless shower doors are yet another possibility. If you opt for this style, you'll have to attach any hinges or handles directly to the glass or plastic. They are favored because they create open, streamlined spaces – something that will appeal to you if your home has a contemporary look.