When installing a shower in the bathroom, it is important to choose the right door for it. There are swing and sliding types of door systems.
If the bathroom is small, it is advisable to install a shower cabin in it. Usually it is made in sizes 90x70 or 90x90 cm and may vary slightly in height. Usually it is placed in a corner niche, but the cabin can be retractable. Semicircular shower enclosures are by far the most popular. In any case, you need to determine whether swinging or sliding doors will be more convenient for the consumer to use.
The cabin may consist of the following elements:
- additional elements (mixer, shower head and others).
Sliding doors are framed, held on a profile of metal or plastic, and frameless, mounted on fasteners. Frame designs are stronger, look more stylish, can be made in different colors, such as chrome, bronze and others.
Showers have different shapes and sizes. In some cases, it may be necessary to install non-standard doors.
What are they made of?
Sliding door systems can be made of the following materials:
- strained glass;
Consider the pros and cons of each material in more detail. Tempered glass is refractory and non-toxic material, it does not burn. If the door is accidentally broken, the glass simply crumbles into large pieces. They are not sharp, the ability to cut themselves with them is minimal.
Acrylic doors are one of the most commonly used and belong to the lowest price category. They are very light and durable, as well as thinner than glass. In case of damage, pieces remain without sharp edges that cannot be cut. The disadvantage of acrylic is its toxicity when burned.
Triplex doors are fireproof and non-toxic. The material is covered with a special film, which does not allow fragments to crumble when the element is damaged.
The disadvantage of polycarbonate doors, as in the case of acrylic, is the toxicity of combustion. However, in general, they are resistant to high temperatures.
Types of Sliding Doors
If the shower is located in a niche, you can install two-, three- or four-section doors. Two-section door structures have the smallest size in comparison with the dimensions of the cabin (40-43 percent) and the minimum thickness of the wings.
Three-section doors have up to three movable elements. They are the largest of all listed, can occupy from 55 to 57 percent of the total size.
Four-section doors also have very thin walls. Their width is from 43 to 45 percent.
Currently, a wide variety of showers are on the market. They differ in decor and decoration.
Here are some of the options:
- matting - coating with a special composition that makes the surface dull;
- drawing patterns - most often the pattern is repeated on the entire door;
- ceramic coating;
- photo printing and others.
Sliding door structures are practical to use, functional and very convenient for the consumer. They are easy to open without extra effort. They do not interfere and do not take up too much space, unlike swing structures. In addition, such solutions look spectacular and modern.
Doors made of glass and plastic tolerate high humidity well , which is important in typical conditions of their use. It would be inappropriate to use wooden structures, which, under the influence of moisture, are susceptible to the spread of fungus and mold, and metals under such conditions will be coated with corrosion. Water does not have a similar effect on polymers and glass.
The material from which the cabin doors are made is very durable and safe. With mechanical damage, it does not crumble into small and sharp fragments, which avoids cuts and other possible unpleasant incidents.
Water when using the cabin does not splash due to the fact that the doors are equipped with magnetic seals and fit snugly to the structure, thereby achieving high tightness.
Elements of this design are usually quite fragile, and with prolonged use they will have to be periodically replaced with new ones. Doors setting is required, which can cause difficulties for a person who does not have experience and special skills of such work. In addition, the doors are easy enough to break.
Features of the choice of shower cabins with sliding doors for a niche
If the cabin is installed in a niche, you can encounter some difficulties, picking up doors for it. An important role is played by product parameters.
Depending on what the customer likes and what technical features the cabin itself has, it is necessary to choose the right number of sections for the door structure. The height of the nut can also be different, ranging from 1 to 5 centimeters.
If a latch is provided in the design, it is necessary to determine in advance which of the wings it will be attached. The convenience and comfort of the consumer in the future depends on this.
How to use
Sliding doors must be properly maintained, which will help extend their life and save money on repairs. The mechanism of a movable structure requires the most attention - it is due to it that the doors open and close. Do not pull the sashes and loosen them, you need to try to avoid excessive mechanical stress.
Cabin must be washed. To do this, use a soft-coated sponge. Detergent must be selected depending on the material of which the booth is made. To avoid scratches and damage on the surface, it is not recommended to use abrasive products.
In the corners, as well as in the area where the profile and glass are connected, the largest amount of dirt and bacteria is collected. Accordingly, they need to be processed especially carefully.
If you properly and competently care for the shower stall and its door structures, their service life will increase significantly, and there will be no special problems with operation.
What to pay attention to when buying
First of all, when buying, you need to try to choose a booth that will be made with high quality and from good materials. Such a thing will certainly last a long time and will not create problems during operation. However, it will be useful to pay attention to individual structural elements.
One of these elements is the rollers - due to them the sashes come into motion. Metal parts are more reliable, they are resistant to abrasion, plastic can deform quickly enough.
When the structure is firmly fixed, small gaps in the doors are allowed. However, in an ideal situation, they should not exist at all.
The door frame is mounted in plastic and aluminum. The aluminum frame is light and solid, plastic parts are moisture resistant and very durable. A good solution is a steel profile in a plastic construction.
For the pros and cons of sliding doors for the shower, see the next video.