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If you have either a shower-only unit or a shower and bathtub combo, you can get bypass shower doors installed. These types of doors, also called sliding glass doors, provide a way to enclose your bathtub and shower to give you more privacy and keep water from spraying out onto your bathroom floor. They usually consist of thick glass panels that are surrounded by a metal frame, and slide along metal rollers. Here are the pros and cons of these types of shower doors to help you decide if they are the right choice for you.
Pro: They are easy to install
When it comes to installing your own shower doors, bypass shower doors are among the easiest. You do need to have some basic construction skills and tools to install them on your own, but as long as you read the directions carefully, you can get it done. The simple installation process also comes in handy if you get them installed professionally, since it will take them less time and save you money in the process.
Con: The track is difficult to clean
Unfortunately, these glass doors are more difficult to clean than frameless glass shower doors. The tracks can collect grime and water, which is difficult to clean. When water or grime hits the glass part of the door, it can drip down into that bottom track where the rollers are. While you may be able to clean it a little, it won't ever be as clean as you want it. Not only is it more difficult to clean, but these doors tend to need cleaning more often as well.
Pro: They are affordable
In terms of shower doors that are budget-friendly, the bypass shower doors are among the most affordable. If you are on a tight budget, these are a great option. Consider the other costs involved in remodeling a bathroom. If you are not only changing the shower doors but also adding new shower fixtures and doing tile work in the shower, the costs can add up. It helps to have a more affordable style of shower doors that still provide the function you are looking for.
Con: The tracks and rollers may need replacing
The longer you have the bypass shower doors, the more you will notice how hampered the tracks and wheels can get. While the doors do last a long time, you may need to get the tracks repaired or replaced after several years. If your shower is used multiple times a day due to having a large family, the doors are opened and closed often, which can cause the tracks to start wearing down.
Pro: There are towel bars
One thing that bypass glass shower doors have that many other doors don't is having a towel bar. The majority of these shower doors already come with a metal towel bar across the outside door made of the same material as the metal frame. Some of these doors also have a second towel bar on the inside of the interior shower door so you can hang your towel or other items right in the shower.