More Than Just an Open and Shut Case
Shower doors are not only there to keep the rest of your bathing area dry, for example, an adjustable swing and pivot shower entrance can also add elegance and create a sense of modernism to your bathroom decor.
Whether you want a standard shower or tub door, there are two categories of entrances: frameless and standard framed models. Frameless units are normally prefabricated to fit almost any size of shower enclosure. Frameless glass entry systems create an open atmosphere in your bathroom that is upscale in look and feel.
The glass used for framless models is thicker and traditionally tempered for better safety and the edges are notched and drilled to house your handles and hinges. These fittings come in a variety of styles and finishes to fit any enclosure design.
From frosted glass pivot entrances to continuous hinge shower exits, like their frameless counterparts, standard framed shower doors can be made to fit most opening sizes on your tub or shower stall and can be installed to open to the right or left.
The only difference is that standard shower doors are usually enclosed in a sturdy anodized aluminum frame with clear or frosted tempered safety glass inside the door frame or you can request a variety of custom access point options to tailor your shower to meet your bath design specifications.
When designing your shower stall, a good rule of thumb is to plan the design of your plumbing layout early in the remodelling process to determine the best place for the unit.
Another suggestion would be to avoid sliding shower doors or products with side panels. Cleaning these units can be next to impossible as the soap gunk that builds up in the track requires constant attention and is often hard to reach without removing the door(s).
The good thing about sliding shower doors is that they are perfect for modest-size bath enclosures, and give you a smooth, quiet sliding action. A better solution though would be to purchase an adjustable swing and pivot model.
A Perfect Fit For Getting Out of Tight Spaces
If you are really tight for space a corner model with a sliding entrance will complement your round and neo-angle showers, these doors can also have a left or right swing to better fit into your limited space.
The good thing about glass entrances as compared to shower curtains is that they rarely have to be replaced and with custom glass shower units, you can pretty much match any lavatory style out there.
Framed exits are sturdy and reasonably priced; the other plus is that they usually use glass that is lighter in weight than their frameless sisters.
The con is that they have a tendency to look dated and bulky because of the frame but that would all depend on whether or not the design blends in with the rest of your bath decor, mainly your fixtures and faucets.
A good way to insure continuity of design elements is to make sure the style of the handles also matches the look of your faucets.
Also there are aluminum cleaning products on the market for cleaning anodized aluminum corrosion from shower doors such as Copper-Glo and Bar Keeper’s Friend that can help maintain your frames sparkling lustre.
Frameless shower units have in recent years become increasingly popular. The main reason being, their relative lack of hardware which creates clean, elegant design lines that has a tendency of visually opening up your washroom space. Also cleaning is easier with the frameless models than their standard counterparts.
The con of purchasing a frameless model is that they are normally more expensive than the framed units due to the increased thickness of the glass for longevity sake and they may also require special clips and hinges to open and close.
The other con is that they are slightly more difficult to install than a framed shower door, this may require you to hire an installer which translates into an added cost factor.
Keep Patterns on Outside of Door for Easy Clean up
When selecting the glass for your shower entrance and in essence your whole shower enclosure, make sure the pattern (texture) is on the outside of the glass, this will ensure easy clean up with a squeegee on the smooth interior of your enclosure, allowing you to keep it spotless and clean.
Also if your glass is clear, take into consideration that every little spot or streak will show up.
Frosted or patterned glass not only provides a semblance of privacy but also is easier to maintain because the water spots don’t show up as readily. If you are looking for a reputable shower door manufacturer, the Basco Shower Door Company has been around for a very long time and offers a quality product line that is sturdy and economical.
Another thing you may want to consider is make sure you shower door has CleanCoat Technology, this glass surface treatment helps protect against unsightly residue and makes surface easier to clean.
As a final note, to ensure that your door panel does not leak, there are two ways you can solve this problem. The first solution is to ensure your door is on a lip or behind a raised lip (curb) above the shower pan.
Avoid using ceramic tile for this lip as water could possibly leak through the grout lines. The other alternative to stop your unit from leaking if your door panel extends all the way down to the shower pan is to slope the curb back towards the interior unit.
This is done to make sure that water doesn’t pool where the door panel meets the lip of your enclosure and will instead run down towards the drain.
Also as a preventive measure; make sure your showerhead spray does not point directly at your door panel seams just in case there is a hairline gap between the glass where water may be able to seep through.
Frameless shower doors provide the most versatile options for both small and large bath solutions alike and are more becoming a standard feature in home design when remodeling your lavatory. Privacy, safety and universal design are all issues that can be addressed by your choice of the proper shower entrance in your washroom.