How many different types of shower door are there?
Bi-fold, in-fold, sliding, pivot, walk in, hinged. These can all be fitted with side panels to a variety of sizes and shaped shower trays.
Do I order a shower door to fit the tray?
No! Shower doors need to be ordered to fit the gap not the tray. Some contractors actually wait until the tray is fitted and the walls tiled before they order doors. To add to the confusion the adjustment on a door is generally the adjustment between 2 walls. If a side panel is added this adjustment is often changed.
What do I need to know about the Bi-fold door?
They take no space within the bathroom to open. The physical opening size of the door is generally quite large, allowing easy access. If someone was to fall in the shower tray their body would stop the door from opening. These doors are made of mutable bits of glass and hinge making them more difficult to clean than other options.
What do I need to know about the In-fold door?
They take no space within the bathroom. If someone was to fall in the shower tray their body would stop the door from opening. Unlike bi-fold doors they are made of one piece of glass and easier to clean.
What do I need to know about sliding doors?
They can be aesthetically pleasing, taking no room in the bathroom to open. Access could easily be made if someone was to fall within the shower. They are generally made of just two pieces of glass so relatively easy to clean. Unless a large door is fitted the physical opening can be quite small.
What do I need to know about walk in doors?
Walk-in showers are very fashionable as they separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom in a very discrete way.
However, please be aware that spray / mist may extend beyond the length of the glass panel, the amount of water will depend upon the power of the shower and its location. We recommend that you have a waterproof non slip flooring in this area.
What do I need to know about hinged doors?
These are the most simplistic and for that reason the least likely to go wrong. They are also the easiest to clean. The trade-off is that the door opens into the bathroom so space is needed.
What do I need to know about pivot doors?
Pivot doors are very similar to hinged doors though rather than being hinged on the sides they are hinged top and bottom (normally one third in from the side). The advantage is that they take less room to open with the trade of a narrower opening to fit your body through.