Get help, with our shower doors FAQ
Q. I want to buy a new shower door for my bathroom what do I need to do first?
A. You will first need to find out how big a space you have to fit the door into, and what design you like. Then you will need to decide on a budget.
Q. Should I go for a frameless, semi frameless or framed door ?
A. There are different positives for each of these styles. Frameless will offer a stunning and minimalist contemporary feel, a framed door will offer you a lovely framed product especially for a more traditional or classic design and semi frameless will offer you something in between, not a full chunky frame, but not bare minimalism either. There is no right or wrong.
Q. What design of shower door should I go for?
A. Space, feel and your personal choice will be the key factors here. If you want to save space then a bifold door or sliding door would be better. Hinged and pivot offer a lovely modern feel, but in the end it will all come down to personal preference.
Q. What materials can I choose from and which is the best?
A. The only material used on shower doors is glass, and generally aluminium if you are going for a framed option, so there is no material better than others. However, there are differences in thickness of glass and as a general rule the thicker the glass the better quality the shower enclosure. There is also a clean and clear feature on many of the enclosures which means you get a coating on the glass to prevent lime scale build up.
Q. Which install option should I go for, for my shower door and are they reversible?
A. All doors will be more or less installed in the same way, and will be more dependant upon the design of the door you have chosen. You will also find that many of the doors available are what we call reversible where they can be fitted opening both right to left and left to right. If you need a specific way round for opening the door then look out for this feature in the advert for your chosen door.
Q. I have a cloakroom/tiny bathroom what shower door style should I choose?
A. For smaller spaces that can still accommodate a shower door, bifold or sliding in a small size would probably be best as they take up less room due to no external space being required to accommodate the door when open.
Q. I don't have a big budget, is there still a good variety of shower doors to choose from?
A. There are hundreds of shower doors all at different prices with something for everyone. There's bound to be a door that suits your budget, but you may find that you have to compromise on some features such as glass thickness and frameless which will usually be more expensive.
Q. What else will I need to go with my shower door?
A. There isn't anything else that you would need to be able to use your shower door but you may also want a side panel and or tray to go with it.
Q. Can I find matching items to go with my shower door?
A. You won't find that there are any 'matching items' but you can purchase additional items such as the side panel and tray.
Q. What is involved with maintaining my shower door correctly?
A. This will depend on the brand and features that you have chosen. If you have clean and clear on your glass you will find that the door will just need rinsing daily with water, never use any cleaning products as this will strip the coating. If you have a shower door without the easy clean glass then normal glass cleaner and a soft polishing cloth should be just fine. Never use anything salt based or abrasive on the frame as it will eat away at the framing, and always follow the manufacturer's cleaning guidelines.