Shower Door Swing in and Out?

ocdmomMay 14, 2008

I am installing a frameless shower enclosure 85"h (ceiling is 96"). Should I have the shower door swing both inward and out? My neighbor suggested inward for ventilation. Someone said swinging inward will have leaks b/c of the missing vinyl piece. Anyone have experience with this?

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It should swing out. My husband, installs them. You could have a leak if installed, to swing in. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2008 at 7:27PM
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Thank you for your response. Just curious, would there be leaks if the door were to swing both ways--in and out? Why would there be a leak if installed to swing in and not when it swings out?

    Bookmark   May 14, 2008 at 9:29PM
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All heavy glass shower doors should only swing out in order to seal properly -- Depending on the gap between door and glass panel and the wall, you may need a clear plastic seal, which adheres to the glass door, on either side or both.

P.S. Most heavy glass enclosures are NOT 100% leak prof...

    Bookmark   May 14, 2008 at 10:22PM
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Our glass door swings both in and out. Our glass guy said that most of those he installs do not use a plastic strip as that gets gunked up. He suggested installing it without a strip and he would come back in put it in if we wanted. It has truly not been a problem with leaks. There is a 1/4" gap between the door and panels. Maybe a drop or two of water gets out, but you'll have many more drips from just opening the door to the outside or stepping out of the shower. That said, I suppose that it also depends on where the shower head sprays in relation to door.
We like having the option of it swinging each way. I do leave the door swung inward after a shower with the fan on to vent.
Just another viewpoint - hope this helps.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 11:57AM
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BTW, code I believe requires that the door swing out (although it can presumably also swing in). Concern is that if someone is injured and you can only open in, you can't actually open the door if they're collapsed in a heap.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 12:34PM
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Ours swings both ways - I love it - no leaks - been over a year now.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 12:51PM
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Another vote for door swinging both ways. I swing out, to step out of shower, and swing in to let shower dry. No leaks, unless the hand-held shower is aimed directly at bottom of door, between the very small space between glass door and the tile step-up.....or at the opening of the door. I can easily live with that.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 2:39PM
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It seems as though folks are happy with the option of having door swing both ways, good to hear.
shar-az, your earlier post, "heavy glass enclosures are not 100% leak proof." Are you referring to the door itself or the entire glass enclosure? I am using Schicker 1/2" glass and 3/8" door. I have a double head Grohe Freehander showerhead. There is a 1/4" gap from door hinge to the wall without any seal. I don't know if they will be install a vinyl seal in when they return next week to clean up. I suppose this is where the water leak problems come to play?

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 4:52PM
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