If you have a bathtub, you probably also have a shower curtain. If you have a shower curtain, you understand the common struggle of trying to take a bath without thinking about how the shower curtain was just sitting inside the bathtub minutes ago, possibly covered in dirt and mildew. If you love to take baths, you have probably gotten pretty good at blocking these and other possibilities from your mind. You’re also doubtlessly quite skilled at moving the shower curtain out of the way, not pulling too hard on it, and trying your hardest not to splash any water onto the floor. However, it’s time to stop torturing yourselves and ditch the shower curtain. There are so many amazing bathtub door options that having a shower curtain just doesn’t make sense anymore. Discover your other options and all the wonderful possibilities available to you.
Having a frameless tub enclosure means having an enclosure around your tub or shower that isn’t surrounded by a metal frame. Instead, hinges and clips support the glass panels. Frameless tub enclosures have surged in popularity because frames often rust and collect mold and mildew. When you choose to go frameless, you only have a panel of glass and some hardware. Frameless enclosures are easier to clean, have no mildew to worry about, and expand your space. When you are planning to remodel your bathroom, you should think about how you want your bathroom to feel, and if a streamlined glass tub or shower enclosure will add to your end goal.
Semi-frameless doors are another alternative to shower curtains. This is when the glass surrounding your tub is framed in metal, but the door itself is not. The frame here provides support and drip
.control. Some people like the look of a frame because it can tie in with the rest of their bathroom’s hardware. Though any amount of glass can make your space feel bigger, having a frame around the
glass will make any bathroom appear a bit smaller. Before you make your final decision, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of a frameless glass shower door and decide what’s most important to you and what will look best with your unique home and style.
TRACKLESS SHOWER DOOR
Typical shower doors have a track that restricts movement in and out of the shower or tub. However, installing a trackless shower door allows for clear, unobstructed access to the tub. There are no tracks on top or bottom to trip over. Without a track, shower doors usually only move on a pivot or hinge. Otherwise, they consist of one or two glass shower panels. With shower panels, you can walk right into your tub or shower without opening any kind of door.
FRAMELESS PIVOT TUB DOOR
With pivot tub doors, there is usually a pivot hinge secured from the top to the bottom of the door, which allows the door to open and close, or essentially pivot 180 degrees in each direction while staying in place. You may hear others refer to these types of tub and shower doors as swing doors or frameless hinged tub doors. Having two pivot tub doors in front of your tub or shower can create a luxurious French door experience every time you bathe.
BY-PASS SLIDING DOOR UNIT
By-pass sliding door units for showers are similar to what you would expect from a sliding closet door. Placed on a track and made up of one or two glass panels, this type of shower or tub door can slide open and closed. These door units are easy to use for both children and adults and save you space.