Updated: June 8, 2015
Best Shower Doors:Are you in the market for some new shower doors? Perhaps you are looking at sliding shower doors of glass. In your search you may see shower doors referred to as shower enclosures or bath enclosures. Manufacturers market them under a variety of titles which can be a bit confusing as a consumer. Some of the top manufacturers include American Standard, Century Bathworks, Vigo Industries, and Dreamline. Shower sliding doors typically are framed with brass, stainless steel, chrome, gold, etc. although the new frameless enclosures are quite popular. The glass thickness ranges from 5/32" up to 1/2" thick and most are made with tempered safety glass. A friend of mine recently walked out of his shower (an older sliding door) and when he closed it the door completely shattered leaving glass shards all over the floor. Tempered glass sliding doors are the way to go.
We just recently did a slight renovation to our guest bathroom and after 15 years of wear and tear we decided to replace the shower doors with a newer design and frame color. Gold is pretty much out these days so we went with a nicer satin nickel finish which matches the other bathroom fixtures we bought. Stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and Sears all carry shower doors so you can get a good look at them before purchasing. Slidingshowerdoors.net is a good website if you want to see some prices and pictures of the different styles of shower doors that slide. Prices start at $189 and go up to $550 with quite a few in between. The glass shower enclosures They offer the Windsor collection which is a more Euro designed shower door that costs about $400. Most are available in 58" or 72" height and the width varies on your shower design. Homeportfolio.com is another informative website with a good buying guide on shower doors. Look for doors with adjustable roller assembly since they can come in real handy on out of square installs. The tracks that sliding shower doors roll on can become dirty over time which makes the "gliding" of the door a little bumpy. Some manufacturers produce "stay clean" tracks which means a longer life of the slider for you. Always go with tempered safety glass and make sure the jamb bumpers are in place. I recently had one of the bumpers come off in our master shower and had to re-glue it. Browse the best selling shower sliding doors here.