When it comes time to determine the type of shower door for your enclosure, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
Choose from both sides sliding on a track, or one side as fixed glass. Modern tracks, easy to clean. have a track with drip (weep) holes to drain water. Sliding doors are key when mounted over tubs. There are also trackless sliding doors, an upper-end feature. These doors are made of thicker glass with astrong upper track to carry the weight.
SWING HINGED DOORS
The most popular choice of all. Traditional hinges work similar to the doors of your home, where several pieces are affixed to the side. Continuous hinges run the length of the door's side. This type of hinge has a self centering mechanism to always return to a closed position. Continuous hinges are used when walls are "out of square."
SWING PIVOT DOORS
Pivot doors, swinging on the top and bottom, allows a very clean and sleek look. Most require less screw holes and are easier to open. Think of your refrigerator with no visible hinges – it has pivots at the top and bottom. Many doors with pivot-type hinges also have a continuous hinge that runs in a hidden rod in the trim for extra support.
Hinge and pivot doors, in many cases, can have stops removed to swing in and out like saloon-type doors. Most customers prefer to leave the stops in and have the doors swing out. One advantage to a double swing is that you can open the door in the inward position to drip dry. Doors that swing inward only are not allowed by national building codes. Determining which type of hinge to choose for your shower door includes various factors.