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Unread 10-01-2020, 07:49 AM   #1
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Shower doors for a curbless shower

This will be my first curbless shower. I'll recess a Schluter kit into the floor and there will be no curb or entrance ramp. I'm wondering about the shower door.

There are the semi-frameless bypass sliding doors, or another choice are the one fixed panel / one pivot panel doors. Is one better than the other at keeping water in the shower?

Is one style better than the other for rolling a chair in and out of the shower? (This is not intended to be an ADA compliant shower.)

Or there other ways to go about keeping the water within the shower?

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where is the drain located related to the door?
What size base? 1% or 2% slope ?
Do you plan on waterproofing the entire bathroom or extending the waterproofing beyond the shower threshold?
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Unread 10-03-2020, 04:29 PM   #3
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Hi David,

If you go for a swinging door you'll need a plastic sweep on the bottom of it to keep the water in. Also, you won't be able to have a mat right outside the door.
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Some folks will build a very gentle and shallow “speed bump” at the location of the door to assist in: keeping the water in, maintaining 2” of drop between the height of the curb and the top of the drain (might be plumbing code by you), and helping with install of pivoting door with the plastic sweep on the bottom edge like John mentioned. ...something to consider.

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I prefer the hinged door with no pivot because they are going to want to screw the pivot through your waterproofing on the floor.

A slider also works but there is also a piece that is mounted to the floor for these types of doors. They might be able to get by with double sided tape for this piece though.

Also, like John said, opening the door "out" is going to cause issues with a floor mat. The slider is a better option in that case but most people prefer to swing the door in and it works just fine.

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I think swinging the door in is contrary to code, the idea being to be able to hit the door and exit in case of scalding water.
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A speed bump was mentioned. That's what I sometimes do on curbless showers. Then the door will swing over a bath mat. Here are a couple.
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A shower door can swing both ways, but not only in...in an emergency, they may not be able to get into the shower to help you if it only swings in...both in and out could work, but keeping it centered at the mid point is sometimes an issue.

TO help with water containment, Schluter does make a tiled in flexible profile.
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