A Buyers Guide to Pivot Shower Doors

Doors for shower enclosures can be found in different types. They can be sliding, bi-fold or pivot shower doors. The door, along with all the panels of the shower enclosure be it glass or other materials - should be durable enough to withstand wear and tear and water over the years. As shower enclosures do not come cheap, you should be able to get value for your money. If a pivot shower door is your door of choice, there are some things to know that will be of great help in your decision making.


Pivot shower doors come in different thicknesses. You can choose from 6 mm, 8 mm and 10 mm. The thickness of the shower door will ensure that it is strong enough not to break, as it is a movable part. Glass shower doors are made from tempered glass, which when they break will not break into big shards that can harm you. Tempered glass can withstand pressure, but if it is in breaking point, it will break in tiny pieces for the safety of the person who is in the shower.


There are three types of pivot door shower enclosures: frameless, semi-framed and framed.

  • Frameless. A frameless shower door has only the hinges connecting to it. The hinges are connected on the other side by the panel of the enclosure. Not having stainless metal frames to protect the glass does not make it brittle or easy to break. This type of door and enclosure is perfect for minimalists.
  • Framed. Pivot door shower enclosures of this type have frames encasing all four sides of the pivot door. The most common frames are silver or white that are made from stainless metal to prevent rust from building up.
  • Semi-framed. A semi-framed door has one or two sides framed by a stainless metal to protect the edges of the glass door. This type of door provides protection to the glass panel and still retaining its minimalist look.


You can ask your supplier for a tinted door if you are not comfortable with a clear glass door. Opaque doors are available for your perusal; they also come in different textures, designs and coverage. You can also opt for full coverage, meaning the whole door is tinted or you can choose only a portion of the door tinted.

Pivot doors, much like sliding shower doors, have moving parts, so it is essential to keep them in good condition to avoid getting stuck due to soap and grime accumulation.