Tired of showering surrounded by a mouldy old curtain that doesn’t stop water dripping all over the bathroom floor? Looking for a way to improve use of space in your bathroom or en suite, and give it a bright, fresh new look? It may be time to rethink your shower space with sliding doors. Whether you are looking to replace a bath with a stand alone shower unit, or want to revamp an existing cubicle, shower sliding doors offer the perfect solution.
Make the most of available space
Shower sliding doors are perfect if you are working within a limited space such as a small en-suite, or if you want to make a main bathroom appear more spacious.
Many shower cubicles are supplied with swing open doors. The drawback of these is that you have to plan to allow a larger area than the shower enclosure itself, as you want to be sure that the doors do not hit any other fixtures in the bathroom when they open. This can be a major obstacle to installing a shower cubicle in a tight space, and places restrictions on where you can have the shower even in larger bathrooms.
With sliding shower doors, this problem is removed. The doors do not open outwards at all, operating instead on runners around the perimeter of the cubicle.
Another benefit of shower sliding doors is the fact that you don’t need a base unit for your shower. As these come in pre-fabricated shapes and sizes, they also place restrictions on where you can locate your shower.
Sliding shower doors, on the other hand, can be used to create a ‘walk-in’ shower. By installing tracks and rollers in the floor and ceiling, sliding doors can turn any space into a shower.
Opt for glass
Glass is the perfect material for shower sliding doors for a number of reasons. Sturdier and more durable than plastic, glass sliding doors are easy to clean, they do not corrode with exposure to water and have the added benefit of transparency so the shower area doesn’t look boxed off in the room – again, it’s all about maximising the available space.
Toughened safety glass of 6mm to 8mm thick is recommended for shower sliding doors. At this thickness, safety glass achieves the ideal balance of being lightweight yet tough. Anything less and your sliding doors may feel a little flimsy and vulnerable. Anything more, then weight becomes an issue as it puts strain on the roller system.
Shower sliding door components
Aside from toughened safety glass panels, there are three other key components to your shower sliding doors – tracks, rollers and seals.
Tracks need to be made of a non-corroding material such as stainless steel or chrome. These sit embedded in your base unit, floor and / or ceiling and provide the path for your sliding doors to move back and forth on their rollers.
Rollers are attached to the glass panels and allow the doors to slide open and closed. Rollers should also be made of a non-corroding material, but not metal to avoid friction with the tracks. Nylon is a popular option.
Seals are crucial for preventing water leaking out of your shower unit and over the bathroom floor. Seals need to be located around the tracks so no water can seep out underneath, but also between the sliding panels so water cannot escape when the doors are closed. Magnetic strips are good for this purpose.
Glass and Stainless are here to sort all your shower needs. Contact us today to see how a sliding shower door could refresh your bathroom.