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What Types Of Hinge Shower Doors Are There?


Installing or replacing your old shower doors can make a big difference in the look and functionality of your shower. When you begin to shop for your new shower doors you will quickly see that there are many different types of shower doors available to you. To get you started we are going to cover the different types of shower doors which have some form of hinge mechanism. So let’s get started.


Hinge Shower Door


The first and most obvious type of hinged shower door is in fact simply called a hinge shower door. A hinge shower door is a glass panel that opens by swinging open in one direction like a typical door. The door hinge can be attached to a stationary glass panel or to the wall or shower surround (as shown in the image provided).

The hinge shower door is a perfect choice if you want a large entry into your new shower as they open up fully to allow you the full entry width of the shower. However if you have a smaller bathroom and don’t really have the space to fully open this your shower door then this may not be the best type of shower door for you as it will require a large opening area.







Pivot Shower Door


Another well-known type of hinged shower door is a Pivot shower door. A Pivot shower door is similar to the hinge shower door in the way that it is a single glass panel that opens by swinging open, the majority of time, in one direction. Pivots consist of metal sleeves that fit around the top and bottom of the shower door. These sleeves connect the door to a metal rod, or pivot, so require a frame of some form so that the pivot hinges can be held in place both above and below the shower door.

Like the hinge shower door it will require a bit of space to open the door but not quite as much, this is because the pivot hinge is positioned a certain distance in from the edge of the door unlike the hinge shower door. This means that some of the door will swing inwards whilst the majority of the door will open outwards. However the smaller opening area does come at a price, as this will reduce the entry width of your shower door, in some cases quite significantly.


So Which Is Best Suited For Me?


Which one is best suited for your bathroom? Well that depends primarily on the space you have available in your bathroom. For instance as stated the hinge shower door requires a larger space to allow the door to open fully whereas the pivot hinge doesn’t require such a large outer space as a percentage of the shower door opens inwards.

It’s not all about space though, it’s also important to consider both the aesthetics of the shower doors and practicality. So as far as aesthetics goes it’s down to you to decide which one you prefer the look of, however when considering the practicality you are mainly looking at the width of the entry gap each door provides. So again as previously stated if you want to have the full width of the door as an opening then the hinge door is the one for you however if you aren’t too concerned with entry width then it is a case of whichever door you prefer.