Our range of bathroom shower enclosures will cater for every possible space, style and bathrooms budget. They are from Roman, Aquadart and Merlyn and are high quality, well designed with many innovative solutions. All the enclosures on the website will transform your showering experience from the purely functional into one of indulgent luxury.
Most bathrooms have a limited amount of space so you need to choose bathroom showes which make the most of the space you have. Its important to consider where you would like to position your shower enclosure in the bathroom, any accessibility issues and the total bathroom area available before opting for your final choice. There is a bathroom showers configuration to suit every size and shape of bathroom layout so the choice can seem confusing. Good showers need good enclosures however most bathrooms have a limited amount of space so you need to choose shower enclosures which make the most of the space you have. Its important to consider where you would like to position it in the bathroom, any accessibility issues and the total bathroom area available before opting for your final choice to create the showers experience you want.
Theres a shower door or enclosure configuration to suit every size and shape of bathroom layout so the choice can seem confusing.
Bathroom showers doors and enclosures come in a variety of shapes and sizes. As with pottery the cost and quality of the units depend on the materials used in the construction and the design. Normally the thicker the glass the more expensive the shower doors. Less expensive enclosures generally use glass in the thickness range of 3mm to 5mm. This thickness of glass will always have a metal framework surrounding it to support the weight of the glass. The mid to upper market have glass in the thickness range of 6mm to 8mm. This type of bathroom shower enclosure generally have very little framework surrounding it or even none at all. The build quality of ancillary parts such as hinges and seals is also important, as these are the parts that wear the fastest with day to day use and will result in leaks. With sliding doors the rollers for the doors should be of ball bearing types. The reason for this is that with a ball bearing roller there is little or no wear on the wheels. This means that with constant use they do not become elliptical and the glide of the door is always smooth. The thickness of the frame and the wall profiles is also a contributing factor to the price. As a rule the thicker the frame and the profiles the more the cost. The profiles are the U-shaped channels that attach the enclosure to the wall.
There are seven main types of shower doors: Pivot, Hinged, Saloon, Bi-fold, In-fold, Double slider and Triple slider.
Pivot and Hinged doors
These work in the same way, in that they open outwards as a single piece of glass. With the pivot door the hinges are at the top and bottom of the door. The advantage of this is that it makes the door well balanced and puts very little strain on the framework. The hinged door has the hinges on the side of the door. This does mean however that when the door is open, the opening on the hinged door is wider than that of the pivot door. These types of door tend to be less expensive than any other due to the simple design. There can be a difficulty with the water running off the door onto the floor when the door is opened after a shower.
This is less common and has two hinged doors which join in the middle. They tend to open inwards but are not as a rule very popular.
Bi-fold and In-fold bathroom doors.
These two doors both open inwards and so overcome the difficulty of water getting onto the floor by dripping water off the door. The bi-fold door is hinged in the centre and as the name suggests folds exactly in the middle. The in-fold door swings in as a single door by means of a canter lever arrangement at the top and bottom of the door. You should be aware that if a person faints or collapses in this type of cubicle it is not possible to open the door.
Double and Triple sliding doors.
These work in the same way in that the doors slide on rollers back and forth to open or close. The difference between the two is the number of doors used to gain access. The double sliding door has less framework and as such has a more minimalist appearance, whereas the triple sliding door creates a wider opening when the doors are pulled back.
When you design the layout of the bathroom, you need to know how much of the room you can devote to bathroom furniture. Bathroom furniture is obviously very important when it comes to devising bathroom storage options, but clearly your bathroom suite takes priority. What you need to have a clear view of in your mind is exactly what components of the bathroom suite you will definitely be using.
One of the big questions raised when you start to consider these things is whether you will need a shower enclosure or whether you will have a shower installed above the bath. If you don't have a separate enclosure then you may have more space for bathroom furniture. If you do have one then you will need to find other areas for storage.
The attraction of having a shower enclosure is that it creates a dedicated area for showering alone. This can be very comfortable and often affords you more space when you shower than when you stand in the bath. It is entirely up to you whether you feel that these benefits outweigh those of having a little extra space in your bathroom in which to place furniture for storage.