Size: The size of the shower will contribute to and even eliminate some options. A small shower stall will suggest a pivot or hinged door that swings out. Walk-in custom showers will require several pieces of glass to provide a full view. A shower installed in the alcove that formerly contained a tub can easily be fit with a sliding shower door. Custom sized showers may require a custom designed shower door.
Type of Shower: Tub showers are one of the most common units for which several types of shower doors are available. Alcove or stall showers are stand-alone units with no tub built into a corner or alcove. The size and location of this type will suggest a variety of shower door types. Neo Angle or Semi-Round showers are built into a corner with the outer edge rounded or with three edges.
Measurements: When deciding on the shower door, accurate measurements are vital! Decide upon the height of the shower doors and measure at the walls. Note: the glass doors should block water from the showerhead and accommodate the tallest member of the family. Width measurements should be taken after the walls are finished — tile installation can reduce the size of the door needed significantly. Measurements should be taken at the base—if in a bathtub, at the tub; if in a panel shower, at the lip; if no threshold, then at the floor— again in the middle of the unit; and again at the top at a height chosen. Measure twice.
Glass: Tempered glass will be required by most Building Departments of the municipality. The color, texture or thickness of the glass is a decision made by the homeowner.
Installation: Shower doors in a kit will be easy to install by a handy person. Simple tools are involved and instructions are included with the kit. For larger units with several glass panels, or if a do-it-yourselfer is not available choose an installer.