The Types of Shower Doors

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The Types of Shower Doors
Shower doors come in a variety of types. (shower image by Dragan Trifunovic from

Shower doors come in a variety of types, colours and materials. The variety of options allows people to decorate their bathrooms in the exact way they want as well as allows for affordable options for people. The shower curtain is an option, as well as bypass or sliding shower doors, swinging doors and bifold or curved shower doors.

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Shower Curtain

Another option for a shower door is a shower curtain. The advantage to a shower curtain instead of a shower door, such as the bypass or bifold, is the shower curtain is less expensive and you can change it frequently to match the bathroom decor or switch to a different colour. Shower curtains are somewhat difficult to keep clean. They attract mildew and mould more easily and require replacement more often than shower doors do.


The most common form of shower door is the bypass door also known as sliding doors. These doors usually come in three sections and are on a track. The doors do not swing open or out, nor do they accordion. The doors simply slide on a track and allow for an opening (door) on either side of the tub or shower. One of the main advantages to bypass shower doors, other than the efficient use of space, is they are easy to keep clean. A disadvantage to bypass shower doors is the track is somewhat difficult to keep clean.


Swinging shower doors are used in large bathrooms and add a hint of sophistication to any bathroom. Usually swinging shower doors are between 36 to 48 inches wide and are hinged with either single- or double-action hinges. Swinging shower doors must open outward so the person inside cannot be trapped or injured in any way.


Bi-fold shower doors, also referred to as curved shower doors, are ideal if you have limited space. For bathrooms that only offer a narrow opening to the tub or shower, using a shower door that swings open is not ideal as there is little to no room. The bifold shower door looks like an accordion. The disadvantage to a bifold shower door is that the door must ride on a track, and it is possible and sometimes common for the bifold door to become stuck or twisted on the track.

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