Types of shower doors for a bathroom remodel

Here are our favorite shower door recommendations for your bathroom remodel project.

A focal point of any bathroom is the tub or shower, so when planning a bathroom remodel it’s important to take into consideration how you may want to “change up” a shower door to its best effect.

Shower doors primarily fall into two types: bypass doors and pivot doors.

Bypass is also known as sliding doors and consist of two or three panels that slide past each other on tracks situated at the bottom and top of a shower unit.  They take up less space, which is why they tend to be the most popular.

The disadvantage to bypass doors is the challenge of cleaning.  The tracks of the bypass doors tend to collect water, soap and other debris which creates an environment for mold and mildew to grow, so they require frequent maintenance.


Pivot doors – also called hinged doors or swing doors – generally take up more space and therefore are generally utilized in larger bathrooms.  It is possible, however, to mount them so that they open inward, although this is often less practical.

A less commonly see shower door is the rounded type.  This is curved glass, operating on a hinge, just as pivot doors do.  These work well fitted into corner spaces in smaller enclosures.


Types of glass for shower doors

There are a variety of choice in the type of glass available in shower doors:

  • Clear glass is most popular.  It allows light to penetrate and lessens any sense of feeling confined in a too-small space
  • Frosted glass provides a stronger sense of privacy and is available in different colors, designs and patterns.
  • Rain glass is textured on just one side, smooth on the other, and offers the same features as frosted glass.
  • Tinted glass provides a sense of privacy and comes in such a wide variety of colors that it’s easy to choose one that will compliment the decor of the rest of the bathroom.

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