What Are The Different Types Of Shower Enclosures Available?

Shower enclosures are often regarded as the focal point of any bathroom primarily because they are the largest feature and therefore the first thing most people will see when entering the room. Consequently when updating the bathroom it is important to pay particular attention to the type of enclosure to be installed. There are a great variety of shower enclosures available to choose from.


Bi-fold Enclosure

Particularly suitable for small bathrooms, the bi-fold enclosure is highly economical on space. The door panel is designed in two parts enabling it to slide along the enclosure and meaning that no additional space is required for the door. This type of enclosure is highly flexible and can be used in a corner shower or as part of a recessed shower.

Sliding Door Enclosure

In a similar fashion to bi-fold enclosures, the sliding door variety is a perfect option for small bathrooms as the sliding doors do not take up any additional space when opening and closing. The doors slide past one another to enable you to enter the shower.

Pivot Enclosure

Regarded as a more traditional design these types pivot at the edge of the enclosure. The door swings open to allow the user to easily enter the shower. Although the pivot design gives a particularly wide opening, the bathroom will need have enough room in order for it to open freely.

Hinged Enclosure

In simple terms a hinged shower enclosure is a hinged swinging shower door that opens outwards. There are usually magnetic catches used to keep the doors closed when the shower is in use. This type of enclosure is ideal for large bathrooms due to the space required for the doors to open. The hinged enclosure makes entering the shower particularly easy.

Quadrant Enclosure

This type of enclosure has a curved frontage which saves valuable bathroom space when compared to a more traditional rectangular shower enclosure. Therefore the quadrant shower enclosure is particularly suited to smaller bathrooms or for when a shower that does not take up all the space is sought. Offset enclosures are also available to fit a bathroom that can not fit a standard quadrant, for example where there is one short wall and one longer wall to fit an enclosure. In this case, the offset quadrant enclosure has one straight edge that is longer than the other in order to make the most of the longer wall while allowing for the limits of the shorter wall.

Shower Cabins

Shower cabins are becoming an increasingly popular choice of shower enclosure. The cabin is effectively an all-in-one sealed shower cubicle that are easy to install with no need for tiling and the potential of leaks and water damage. Together with the regular shower, the more high tech cabins also come with water massage systems, seats and even steam systems.

By considering the bathroom space available, the aesthetic look that is being sought and the attributes required it is possible to choose from one of the many shower enclosures available.

Trade Plumbing are an online plumbing and heating retailer since 2006.

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About smallmanconstruction

Tim Smallman, the general contractor behind Smallman Construction and Electric, has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. In 2003, Tim decided to leave the corporate world behind and get back to what he loved most about construction: helping his friends, neighbors, and anyone in need achieve their home and business improvement dreams. By founding his company on a principal of customer service, open book bidding, and integrity, Tim has been blessed with a great deal of success. This success has enabled him to expand operations and create an electrical division in 2006. Tim has made San Carlos his family's home for many years. They spend a considerable amount of time supporting their community and striving to make it a great place to live and work. Tim is active in the San Carlos community, coaching youth sports, participating in the Kiwanis Show and the Chickens Ball since 1989, with the proceeds going to the San Carlos Schools and other charitable organizations.

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