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Choose a Durable Shower Door for Your Bathroom

How to Choose a Durable Shower Door for Your Bathroom

Are you looking to buy framed or frameless shower doors? Are you having a difficult time deciding what type of shower door to install in your bathroom? These days, choosing a shower door is not as simple as it may seem. There are many things to consider; style, make, finish, and safety. In fact, you’ll be amazed to see thee normous amount of choices available at your local home-improvement store. To help narrow down your choices, here are some great tips to follow. 

Custom shower doors have evolved into a lasting trend. While the inexpensive shower curtains have been a staple for many years, they are hard to keep clean and allow water to splash outside the shower area, which can potentially damage your floors and raise safety concerns. Shower doors provide high quality with easy maintenance, and long lasting durability.

Shower doors come with or without metal frames. Those without metal frames are made of a thick tempered glass, available in varying thicknesses. They do not need a frame for support. Framed shower doors, on the other hand, are made from thinner glass that requires the extra support of a metal frame. You can purchase shower doors in opaque or in clear versions. 

Framed Shower Door

Framed shower doors are usually made of thin glass. Hard metal frames hold up the shower doors for stability. One drawback of framed shower doors is that they can retain water in the corners where the metal framing meets the tile, which can cause mold.There is also a potential for rust to form in areas where hard water, soapy water, and/or cleaners accumulate on the frames. 

Framed units offer a traditional look and do offer the most economical pricing. Despite their drawbacks, framed shower doors are the most common type of doors and glass panels used in shower and tub enclosures. While the popularity of this style of door has increased, there have been new improvements in the look and finishes of the framed glass and metal trim. 

Frameless Shower Door

One of the more popular choices today is the frameless shower door. The primary advantage of frameless shower doors are their visual appeal. If you want a spacious modern look for your bathroom, frameless shower doors are the right choice for you. Frameless shower doors give a smooth, polished look that will enhance the value of your home. There are several hardware finish options to customize the look of your doors. Choose from chrome, stainless steel, brushed nickel or polished brass finish to add a stylish new look to your bathroom.

Maintaining a frameless shower door is simple. You can use a squeegee to wipe off the excess water droplets and avoid spots. You can also opt to have the glass sealed with a surface protector. If you choose to use a glass cleaner use a non-ammonia based product to ensure your hardware does not become damaged over time. Based on the design of the frameless door, there are no issues regarding rust and mildew growth, unlike the framed shower doors. The initial cost of the frameless shower doors is more than the framed doors, but they are more durable and have a longer life, while increasing the value of your home. 

Sliding Shower Door 

Sliding Shower Doors, also referred to as bypass gates, are commonly used in bathrooms. They may be utilized along with a bathtub in order to create an enclosed showering area above the bathtub or they might be used as a separate shower area. 

When buying sliding shower doors, it is important to take into account that the space they’ll consist of must be equal to double the width with the door. 

It is very easy to use sliding shower doors considering they use a small amount of space when the doors slide past each other. Sometimes sliding doors can be problematic when the doors slide off their tracks. Sliding shower doors are available with or without the metal frames. 

Folding and Swinging Shower Doors

For a unique new look, choose a folding shower door. Folding shower doors have only one panel which swings while opened on hinges. These doors are designed to swing in one, or both directions. Folding shower doors are trackless so they are easy to clean, access and handle.

When installing swinging doors, it is always wise to check the clearance of the door from the other bathroom furnishings. Make sure to use magnetic catches to ensure the swinging doors are secure. 

You can also install bi-fold shower doors above a tub or in a shower stall. Bi-fold shower doors are the best options for small bathrooms. They are easy to use because they have two panels that open on either side.

Vigo Industries offers a wide variety of frameless shower enclosures in a wide assortment or sizes and finishes.

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