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Shower Doors: Where Do You Begin?
Thanks to the development of shower doors, gone are the days of mouldy shower curtains and pesky shower rods falling down every time the curtain is pulled.
All of our shower doors are neatly fitted and are designed to be watertight. They all meet strict EN standards and are fitted with either 6 or 8mm toughened safety glass.
Begin By Planning:
First and foremost, prior to purchasing a shower door, you need to carefully measure it and ensure there is enough space for it to open. If you have very little space for the door to open, or if there is an obstruction in the way, choose a sliding or a bi-fold door.
When measuring your shower door and/ or side panel, it is of the utmost importance to do this after any tiles have been fitted as they can reduce the size by as much as 20mm.
Choosing the Right Shape:
Now you’ve measured your shower door, it’s time to pick what shape you want:
- Square or rectangular enclosures are a common, versatile choice and fit neatly within a recess and a corner.
- Quadrant, offset quadrant and pentagonal shower doors are great for saving space whilst offering plenty of room inside the shower. They are, however, only suitable for corner locations.
- Likewise, corner entry shower doors don't project into the bathroom, so are ideal for small areas, and they have the added benefit of providing a unique way of entering your shower.
The Three Types of Doors:
As you can see, shower screens come in many different styles and designs, but they can all be grouped into the following types:
- Pivot Doors: These shower doors open on a swivel hinge mechanism which sits between the frame and door, giving you complete access. They are hinged on one side and more often than not will open outwards.
- Bifold Doors: Folding back flat against the wall when opened, these doors grant the user full access when entering the enclosure. With their concertina effect, the bi-fold door is ideal when bathroom space is at a premium.
- Sliding Doors: They operate on a concealed sliding system which runs on rollers or wheels, allowing you to simply glide the door to one side along a fixed pane. As the door won’t project into the bathroom, they allow you to make the most of limited space in your bathroom. The sliding door is unobtrusive in design and suitable for the entire family.
What About Fitting?
The days of spending hours on end trying to install a door has now been cut down to within half an hour. Decide upon the door of choice and remember to take a look at its adjustment as all doors are now adjustable: so if you have an 890mm opening, then it’s probably a 900mm door you need.
Although each door has different fixing methods, they generally rely on wall channels that are screwed into the wall and allow the door to neatly slot into it. The wall channels act as a levelling and adjustment system, taking into account any square walls.
Once you have decided which shower screen you want, why not complete your shower enclosure by investing in one of our side panels.