Shower enclosures are a common feature in modern bathrooms, as they offer a quicker and more convenient way to clean yourself than a bathtub, and they generally take up less space. However, there are a few different types of shower enclosures available, each of which makes use of a different set of doors or barriers to separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom. Understanding the benefits of each type of enclosure can help you choose the best one for your bathroom remodeling project.
Sliding doors are ideal for shower and bath combinations since they can be affixed on top of the edge of a bathtub. This means that sliding doors are a way to permanently replace your shower curtain, and as such, do not take up more space than you're already using. Glass sliding doors are much easier to clean and do not come with the same risk of mold and mildew growth. Besides regular wiping them after taking a shower—which only takes a few seconds with a squeegee—you will only have to give the tracks an occasional rinse and wipe to remove collected moisture.
Instead of dealing with a moving door, which can be a safety hazard or simply unpractical because of the size constraints within your home, you can also have a shower behind a fixed pane of glass to keep water localized within a single area. This can create a very modern appearance in your home, and it is extremely convenient as you simply walk into and out of your shower without worrying about tripping or opening a door.
Hinged doors are fairly straightforward and come in either framed or frameless variants. Framed doors are better at keeping water from leaking out of your shower enclosure, but they will require regular cleaning of the frame to keep mold and mildew from developing. Frameless shower doors are easier to clean and create a sleeker appearance in your bathroom, but they tend to be more expensive and may leak water from around the edges.
Folding doors do not make use of a great deal of space within your bathroom, just like sliding doors, but offer more flexibility and an appearance more like a hinged door. Bifold and trifold doors are a good compromise if you want a hinged shower door but simply cannot fit it in the bathroom. Like framed doors, they come in frameless and framed variants and have the same advantages and drawbacks.
For more information on glass shower enclosures, contact a retailer near you.