Ready to renovate your bathroom?  

You’ve got a big question to answer:  

Hinged or sliding shower doors?  

The basics of hinged shower doors

Hinged shower doors swing open and shut.  

They're typically made of tempered or laminated glass, for durability and safety, and their hinges are wall-mounted or pivot-style.

  • Wall-mounted: Attached to an adjoining wall or glass panel, these have a classic look, allow a tight door seal, and need no header.
  • Pivot-style: Attached at the top and bottom of the door, these are more modern and less noticeable than wall-mounted hinges.

The versatility of hinged doors

Hinged shower doors come in a range of styles:

  • Single: The ideal option for smaller shower entrances.
  • French: An elegant choice for larger showers or tub-shower combos.
  • In-Line: A great choice for extensive shower areas.
  • Corner: Perfect for space-efficient corner shower stalls.
  • Custom: Tailor-made for specific bathroom designs.

Framing options for hinged doors

Hinged shower doors come in three framing styles:

  • Frameless: Popular for their clean, modern look, making cleaning easier.
  • Semi-frameless: Offers a partially frameless appearance, balancing style and cost.
  • Framed: An economical option, with aluminum framing surrounding the glass.

Sliding shower doors: a space-saving solution

Sliding, or bypass, shower doors feature two operable glass panels that slide in parallel tracks. They are an excellent option where space is at a premium.

Types of sliding door enclosures

Sliding doors are commonly used for:

  • Bathtub enclosures: Transform a regular bathtub with a stylish touch.
  • Shower enclosures: Ideal for shower stalls with a broader entrance.
  • Custom designs: Tailor-made for unique bathroom layouts and designs.

Framing styles for sliding doors

Unlike hinged doors, sliding doors require some form of framing due to their track system:

  • Semi-frameless: Features unframed door panels with a framed enclosure.
  • Framed: Offers full framing around the glass, suitable for various bathroom styles.

Pros and cons: making the right choice

Hinged shower doors:

  • Pros: Elegant, customizable, straightforward operation.
  • Cons: Require space for the door to swing open, potential for water leakage.

Sliding shower doors:

  • Pros: Space-efficient, modern look, customizable.
  • Cons: Cleaning can be more challenging due to tracks, semi-frameless or framed designs only.

Personalized advice for your space

Still unsure? Consulting with a specialist can provide tailored advice based on your bathroom’s specifics.  

Whether it's a sleek, sliding door or an elegant, hinged one, Natale Builders is here to bring your vision to life. Serving the Buffalo area, we're dedicated to crafting your custom home. Contact us today at 716-580-3318.