HELP CHOOSING YOUR SHOWER DOOR:

Trying to decide what style of door to go with often times is based on the look you want for your bathroom and especially your ensuite bathroom.  If you’re using the shower/tub every day you deserve to be surrounded by an enclosure that you are proud of and that shows off your surroundings.  PSD prides itself on going the extra distance to make our doors appealing on both a practical and aesthetic level.            

Is this for a tub or a shower enclosure? 

If this for a tub…

Most people put bypass sliding doors on tubs because the doors don’t swing out and therefore take less space.  The disadvantage to sliding doors is that they are not easy to clean because they have channel along the walls and tracking along the tub deck.  They also give the user only half the amount of total access to the tub which can make bathing kids or the family dog more difficult. Another option is a shower shield or shower screen these are fairly new to North America but have been used in Europe for years.  They sit on the tub deck and have a fixed panel with a half door that swings out.  They give the user much more access (with PSD’s 10mm series you get 20” more access or over 75% more access than a sliding door) and they are significantly easier to clean.  The disadvantage is that they need to swing out and they only cover 75% of the opening therefore high pressure shower heads or hand held shower heads may result in water getting on the bathroom floor.  As well shields are 10mm 3/8” thick glass which is more expensive and they usually require an experienced installer. A third option is putting a swing door on a tub, this is the least popular option, and usually is only selected if the user needs to maximize access.  A swing door will require an inline panel to close against or to hinge off and this panel creates some cleaning challenges because unlike sliders that can move from one side of the tub to the other an inline panel is fixed therefore you must clean around what is usually 30” of glass.

 

Sliding Door…

If you’ve decided on a sliding door we offer a few different options.  Our two most popular doors are our fully framed P-series or our Semi-frameless Z-series.  The P-series is our sturdiest model as the glass is surrounded by a frame.  This door has a full length magnetic catch and as with all our doors the glass is tempered. The Z-series is Semi-frameless meaning that the glass panels have no frame however there is still aluminum holding the panels in place.  The lack of aluminum frame is very obvious when looking down the middle of the door, unlike the P-series, with the Semi-frameless option there is no aluminum frame down the center.  We can build a custom 10mm (3/8”) glass sliding door however this is the most expensive option and requires Pacific Shower Door to install.              

 

Tub Shield…

The alternative to sliders on tubs is the Tub Shield also known as Tub Screen these are usually two pieces of glass but could be a single glass panel.  Tub Shields offer a very different aesthetic to sliders as they are virtually without aluminum framing.   The glass is adhered to the wall and tub deck with U-channel and the height of the channel is only 9/16th of an inch and unlike sliding doors there is no header, no wall jambs and no threshold.  The glass is the desirable 10mm (3/8”)heavy glass which creates a solid sturdy look.  Standard with the PSD shield is the support bar that goes from the fixed glass panel to approximately 10 inches inside the glass on the wall. PSD stocks what we feel is the best Tub Shield on the market the fixed panel is only 14 inches therefore the user has an opening of approximately 44 inches.