Shower Enclosures

When it comes time to determine the type of shower door for your enclosure, there are a few key things to keep in mind. 


Swing doors must have clearance to toilets and sinks. Sliding doors will not open sufficiently to work in small shower stalls. Knowing the space you have to work with is key to your selection.


The more track you have, the more cleaning you will have to do. That said, current tracking systems are more upkeep-friendly and are much easier to keep clean than older versions.


Framed doors of any kind tend to be the least expensive, as you can use thinner glass. The frame, rather than the glass and supports, contributes to the structural strength of the door.


Many would argue appearance is the most important factor of all. You are spending a lot of effort and money on your shower enclosure. At the end of the day, make sure it is what you love.


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.

Modern shower tracking for sliding doors
Shower Enclosure Hinge Door


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."


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.

Shower enclosure pivot hinge door

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.

Pioneer Glass can help create the shower you desire.


Visit our showroom and view our four-sided shower enclosure on display, plus many other great glass products such as mirrors, patterned glass, and more! Our showroom is staffed by patient and knowledgable advisers should you seek advice.
We can give you as many options as you can handle in samples. We're happy to provide free estimates of all work, and will take precise measurements of the product and your space to ensure the perfect fit.
Call us today at (508) 234-7063 or send us an e-mail. Our showroom is located at 240 Church St., Whitinsville, MA 01588 – minutes from Rts. 90, 122, 146, and 290.


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