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In addition to completely custom frameless glass shower doors and configurations, byRoman also fabricates and builds glass shower doors and enclosures that have fairly commonly used industry names or styles. Based on the shower door or enclosure’s configuration, shape and whether or not it is framed, helps to decide what style or type it is. A brief overview of common shower types and terminology are listed below. You can also view drawings of shower door configurations.
Glass Shower Door and Enclosure Types
Frameless Shower Doors
Frameless shower enclosures or frameless shower doors may also be called trackless, seamless or hydroslide. All are interchangeable terms that refer to an “unframed” shower unit – at byRoman, we tend to use the term “custom frameless”. A custom frameless glass shower enclosure or door has no framing on the glass corner angles or doors. Instead of framing or tracking, hardware clips and hinges or hydroslide hardware are used to mount the stationary panels and doors.
Semi-frameless Shower Doors
Semi-frameless shower enclosures or shower doors have framed tops and sidewalls, but often the doors, and glass corner angles are not framed. Semi-frameless showers are not as “transparent” as frameless shower, but they do have less plated moldings than a framed shower, and quite often the door will have no side framing. Semi-frameless doors are a popular choice with by-pass tub and shower configurations using 1/4″ or 3/8” glass.
Framed Shower Doors
Framed shower doors, sliders, shower or tub enclosures – these are interchangeable terms referring to a certain style of shower door – at byRoman, we tend to use the term “framed”. Generally, framed shower doors are supported on all sides, utilizing framing on the glass top, bottom and sides as well as the shower or tub sidewalls.
Shower Door Terminology
Bath screen: glass screen or splash that runs along two-thirds of the tub
By-pass doors: doors that slide pass each other, usually on some type of framing or track
Hydroslide: frameless sliding door suspended from the top of glass by rollers
Knee wall: a partial wall or buttress (also called sidewall)
Neo angle: three-sided shower with a door that is at a 45 degree angle to the two side panels
Panel and door: panel attached to sidewall and door, door can be hinged to sidewall or panel
Panel, door, panel: panel attached to a door, door attached to another panel; door can be hinged to either panel
Panel and door, full return: shower door is usually attached to a sidewall with a full return panel on a 90º angle (the return is the corner piece that is “returning” to the wall)
Panel and door, inline return: shower door is usually attached to a sidewall and a notched panel
Panel and door, knee wall return: shower door is usually attached to a sidewall, and a panel, panel is notched (like an inline) and attached to a return (the return is the corner piece that is “returning” to the wall)
Pivot door: door that swings out, using pivot hinges top and bottom
Shower door slider: same configuration as a tub slider, with the doors reaching the floor
Single door: one door attached to a sidewall
Transom: glass panel, usually above the door, that can be opened to vent steam
Tub enclosure: tub with two doors, usually by-pass doors
Tub slider: doors that slide pass each other, usually on framing or track (also called by-pass)