Sliding Shower and Sliding Tub Door Options

Why we love sliding glass shower doors

Besides the visual upgrade in appearance, sliding shower doors make the most use of your space. With self contained doors you eliminate worries of swinging doors banging into toilets and vanities. They also tend to be very water tight. Sharp looking sliders can increase both the market value of your home and your enjoyment when taking a shower.

We feature HMI (formerly Cardinal) Sliding Shower Doors

Sliding doors (sometimes called bypass glass doors) for showers and tubs have the great advantage of being self contained and do not require the floor space of swinging doors. Even in large bathrooms where floor space is not at a premium, many homeowners choose sliding glass doors for their look and ease of operation. Sliding shower doors are available in both frameless and semi-frameless models. You may still be able to buy a fully framed unit, though we no longer carry them due to their unpopularity.

One of the main differences between sliding shower units and frameless doors and panels is that sliding doors make up a complete system that is tested as a unit. They have rollers that are specific to the unit and matching bars. The weight load and structural integrity characteristics are specific to that particular unit. This comes into play in your hardware color choice. Frameless doors and panels by and large have interchangeable hinges, clamps, and handles. Because of this there is a very wide assortment of hardware color choices available for pretty much any type of door and panel system. Sliding door parts, being specific to a particular model, are only available in the hardware choices provided by the particular manufacturer for that particular model. 

It is important to note that sliding shower doors overlap each other by 1 ½” ” to 3” and that distance should be factored into understanding what the final opening space will be. Most sliding shower doors start at a minimum of 46 inches but if the overlap is three inches the passage space is only 21 ½”. We do not recommend sliding shower doors in openings less than 48 inches. It is crucial that emergency medical technicians can access any person that collapses in a shower.

There are two basic types of sliding shower doors available on the market today, traditional and barn door style. The difference is that the roller assembly on a traditional type is hidden from view and the barn door design has exposed rollers and an exposed roller bar.

Barn Door Type Sliders

The development of barn door type sliding shower doors with exposed rollers dramatically changed the look and expectations of what a sliding shower door should look like. In many bathrooms they are a design focal point. These doors come with one or two operable panels. Many people wonder why someone would want bypass shower doors without both doors being operable. For homeowners with obstacles (toilets, vanities, radiators) in front of one side of the shower having one door fixed is a safer option. One fixed panel also provides the option to incorporate a bench into the design without bulky hardware.

Skyline sliding shower glass with a shower bench

Sliding Skyline Series Shower Door incorporating a bench

Empire Series

  • One door opens, one is fixed.
  • Can have a return panel (side glass).
  • Available widths up to 72”.
  • Glass thickness available are 3/8” and 1/2”.
  • Cannot be used on a fiberglass enclosure.
  • Empire is available in Chrome and Brushed Nickel.

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Empire Sliding Doors

HMI Empire Series rollers and bar

Empire Series Rollers and Bar

The Empire series presents a boldly luxurious look with its four large concentric circle rollers. Empire offers glass thickness in ⅜” and ½” for homeowners and designers who want a rich, heavy-duty look. The large wheels make for an exceptionally smooth rolling operation.

Skyline Series

  • One door opens, one is fixed,
  • Can have a return panel (side glass)
  • Available widths up to 72”
  • Glass thickness is  3/8” 
  • Cannot be used on a fiberglass enclosure
  • Skyline Hardware in Polished Stainless, Brushed Stainless, Matte Black, and Oil Rubbed Bronze

The widely popular Skyline Series has 1 3/8” rollers and a round bar. The Skyline Series is suited for a minimalist design with less bold rollers and a sleek appearance. It can readily work with a side wall (return) of glass.

HMI Skyline Series black bar shower doors

HMI Skyline Series rollers and bar

Pictured above is the very popular Skyline Series Slider

Celestial Series

  • One door opens, one is fixed,
  • Cannot  have a return panel (side glass)
  • Available in widths up to 84”
  • 3/8” inch glass
  • Cannot be used on a fiberglass enclosure
  • Celestial is available in Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Matte Black

As is the case with HMI’s Skyline & Empire Series, the Celestial Series is also equipped with one fixed panel and one sliding panel. The Celestial is a fantastic option for designers and homeowners working with a larger space, providing custom width measurements up to 7 feet in width. A unique feature of the series is its subtle yet timeless aesthetic look, captured most by its classic rectangular roller support bar. Hardware finishes are available in chrome, brushed nickel, and black.

HMI Celestial Series Matte Black

HMI Celestial Series nickel bar and roller

Celestial bar and roller

Capital Series

  • Both doors open
  • Comes standard with an inner and exterior towel bar
  • Available as a frameless slider and as a semi-frameless slider using side jambs
  • Can be used on fiberglass enclosures with side jamb option.
  • Cannot have side (return) glass
  • The Capital is available in Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Matte Black hardware

The Capital Series is a rare barn door type shower enclosure that is compatible with both fiberglass/acrylic surrounds as well as tile surrounds. Optional jambs support the ⅜” thick Capital Series glass, presenting a frameless look within fiberglass/acrylic surrounds, while those with a tile surround can opt for no jambs for an even stronger frameless look. Another rare feature of the Capital Series is that both door panels open, and each door panel is accompanied by a towel bar, one interior and one exterior. Towel bars come in 18”, 24” and 27” width options to fit door panel custom widths of up to 72” or 6 feet. 

The Capital Series is much like the Empire Series in that it presents a bold, heavy-duty luxury style with its more pronounced headrail and towel bars. For those who prefer the look of rectangular hardware rather than the Empire’s cylindrical hardware, the Capital Series is a great alternative with finish options in Matte Black, Chrome, and Brushed Nickel.

HMI Capital Series Shower Doors

Capital Series Sliding Shower with jambs

HMI Capital Series no jambs

Capital Series Frameless Sliding Doors (without jambs)

HMI Capital Series Shower Doors

Capital without jambs and towel bars over a tub

Traditional Sliding Shower Doors

Euro Series

  • Both doors are operable
  • Available in 1/4” , 5/16”, and 3/8” glass
  • Available in widths up 84” 
  • Can support side (return) glass 
  • Can be used on Fiberglass Enclosures
  • Hardware choices. Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze

The Euro Series is a more traditional sliding shower door option with hidden rollers. With a rounded roller bar and concealed rollers the Euro adds elegance to any bathroom.

HMI Euro Series Slider

Euro Series Sliding Sliding Shower Doors

Classic Series

  • Available in 1/4” glass
  • Both doors operate
  • Available in widths up to 84” (with a fixed side panel)
  • Can accept side (return) glass
  • Can be used on Fiberglass
  • Available in Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze

The Classic Series was the old standard. It is an affordable option in sliding glass shower doors and certainly does a good job. This is an excellent choice for shower glass for the budget minded consumer.

HMI Classic Series Shower Doors

All of our sliding glass door options are available for tubs as well as showers.

If you have a question on shower and tub glass reach out to us at 508-234-7063 or email us at comfort@pioneer-glass.com.