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What Is a Pivot Shower Door?

Pivot shower doors differ for standard hinged shower doors in that they can swing open both outward and inward. The pivot hinge can be mounted on either the right or left side of the door, like a standard door, but it can also be mounted at the center of the door to produce a revolving door effect.

Because of its stylish design and unique features, this type of door can be found in very high-end and luxury bathrooms. It is adaptable to almost any shower door shape, including curved glass doors, but works best with larger oversized enclosures.

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What Are the Main Benefits of Pivot Shower Doors?

Having a beautiful bathroom with modern features, such as pivot shower door, will have a very positive impact on the value of your home. If you’re looking to upgrade your existing bathroom, or install a new one, you’ll want it to have a quality that lasts for years to come.

One of the first decisions you may need to make when planning a bathroom remodel is the type of shower door you’ll want. There are many types of shower doors to choose from, but the best choice usually comes down to a combination of two factors: Style and function.

Function is essential, since at the very least, the shower door must allow you to enter and exit the shower comfortably. For example, if you have a small space with a corner shower stall, this is only going to accommodate certain types of shower doors.

The style is a matter of personal taste and budget, although it is possible to afford something stylish without breaking the bank.

Pivot shower doors are an excellent solution for those looking for an excellent combination of both style and functionality.


They’re also an excellent solution for people with limited mobility, such as those confined to a wheelchair, who need easier access to the shower enclosure. If you have a bathroom with limited space, having a door that can swing inward makes dealing with any bathroom obstructions much less problematic.

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Different Glass Types for Pivot Doors

The most common type of shower glass, of course, is clear. However, there’s more than one type of clear glass. Standard clear glass does contain iron, which is what gives it the slight green tint. This is perfectly fine for most doors and situations because it’s also the more affordable option.

For higher end shower door installations, many homeowners now prefer low-iron glass, also known as “crystal clear”, which has no tinting whatsoever. The clarity of low-iron is so dramatic that, at first glance, you might not notice the glass at all.

The main benefits with this type of crystal-clear glass is that it helps to create a sense of openness and space within the bathroom. It also transfers light brilliantly which will brighten up the living space. Clear glass also tends to be very easy to maintain, although a protective coating is always recommended.

Alternatively, there are tinted glasses, as well as frosted, textured, or patterned shower glasses to choose from. Many of which would go very nicely with a new pivot shower door.

These glass types have the benefits of providing greater privacy to the person in the shower, as well as a more decorative appearance. Texture glass comes in a myriad of patterns and colors, with varying degrees of opaqueness.

Professional Installation

One of the smartest decisions you can make when planning a bathroom or shower remodel, is to consult with a professional shower door dealer. Schicker offers free consultations and estimates for installation.

We’ll take measurements of your shower area, and show you examples of pivot shower doors and other design styles that would be suitable for your needs. Our experts can also advise you on glass types along with proper care and maintenance suggestions.

Regardless of the glass type, your pivot shower door will become a showcase for your bathroom, whether it’s being installed for your personal use, your family members, or house guests.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Schicker Shower Doors today for a free estimate!