What Are the Types of Glass Shower Doors?

Considering a glass shower or tub enclosure in your bathroom? It’s good to know your options. What are the types of glass shower doors available to choose from? What will work in your bathroom?

Today, we’re covering the information you need to know about the most common glass shower doors. Keep reading to find out!

Types of Glass Shower Doors

Pivot door

This type of glass shower door is also called a swinging or hinge door. It’s essentially the glass shower version of a regular door, opening out into your bathroom.

Pivot doors are great for making a statement in your bathroom’s design; however, you’ll want to measure twice before choosing this type of glass shower door, since it requires quite a bit of clearance. Make sure that the door has more than enough room to open fully, without hitting the toilet, vanity, or other objects in the room.

European shower enclosure

A European shower enclosure involves a typically frameless shower door, floor-to-ceiling tile, and minimal curb. (A curb is a raised barrier separating the shower from the rest of the bathroom.) This type of enclosure generally uses pivot doors; as a result, you’ll need clearance for the door opening.

In-line shower door

In-line shower doors comprise several glass panels, the door in line with the rest. The door and panels span both walls of the shower. This type of shower door opens outward into the room, like pivot doors.

The effect is that of a glass wall, opening up the room and making it appear larger.

Sliding (or bypass) door

A sliding door consists of several glass panels that slide along a metal track.

This type of door is typically used for tub enclosures and for bathrooms that are short on space. It’s the ideal choice if you love the look of a glass shower but don’t have the floor space to allow a shower door to swing open.

Bi-fold (or folding) door

This type of shower door consists of multiple glass panels, connected by hinges, that folds in on itself. (It’s much like a closet’s folding doors.)

Like sliding doors, this option is good for small spaces. It also allows an even bigger entrance into your shower, which can be ideal for those with mobility issues or accessibility needs.

Neo-angle door

The neo-angle door consists of three glass panels with the shower door in the center. The door opens outward into the bathroom.

This type of glass enclosure is best for corner showers.

Steam door

A steam door—like the name suggests—turns your shower into a steam room. Steam shower enclosures are built floor to ceiling and air-tight, which prevents the steam from escaping. Generally, the door swings outward, which means you need enough floor space in your bathroom to allow this.

If you have the space, this type of glass shower enclosure is perfect for creating a luxurious, spa-like bathroom.

Fixed or partial door

You can even skip a glass shower door if you want!

For a tub enclosure, you can choose a fixed or partial enclosure, which is a glass panel that runs partway down the length of the bathtub. For a shower, you have the option to do glass walls with a walk-in opening.

Framed vs Frameless Shower Doors

In addition to the type of glass shower door, you’ll need to consider whether you want it framed or frameless.

Some types of doors only come one way. Sliding doors, for example, have to have some type of framing in order to slide along a metal track. However, most other types of doors come frameless, semi-frameless, or framed.

Framed shower enclosures have a metal frame surrounding the enclosure, including the top, bottom, and door. For the metal frame, you have a variety of options for colors, finishes, and styles. This type of enclosure is less expensive than frameless and semi-frameless options: given the metal support from the frame, the glass can be thinner.

Frameless shower enclosures have no metal frame, instead getting support from thicker glass, strategically placed hinges, and panels attached to the walls. Because the glass is thicker, this type of shower is more expensive than the framed version.

Semi-frameless shower enclosures have a metal frame around the glass panels, but not the door. This type of shower enclosures marries framed and frameless styles, and is a great option if you love the look of frameless but not the price tag.

What Shower Door Will Work in Your Bathroom?

When considering the type of shower door you want for your bathroom, you’ll need to consider a few things. In addition to your desired design style and budget, think about the following: whether you have a bathtub or shower, what the dimensions and layout of your bathroom are, how much space you have around your shower or bathtub, and whether the shower entrance needs to accommodate accessibility needs.

We recommend working with glass professionals when designing a bathroom with a glass shower or tub enclosure: they’ll help you make sure that your bathroom is both beautiful and functional.

Call Jack’s Glass for Help

At Jack’s Glass, we don’t just install shower doors, we help with shower and bathroom design.

If you’re not sure what type of shower enclosure will work for your bathroom, we’re happy to help. If you have questions, call one of our design experts today.