The bypass door is the most commonly used style of shower door thanks to its economical design. It has two doors that slide in a mounted frame to the end of the bathtub walls. Despite its popularity, it’s also the most problematic door design for a number of reasons.
EZ Baths, one of the top shower remodel contractors in Fremont, discusses common bypass shower door problems and how to fix them.
Bypass Doors and the Bathroom Environment
While the track design of the bypass door makes it the easy to operate, it also puts it at risk in the bathroom environment. This track is the perfect environment for water to gather and cause problems, ranging from stagnation to rusting the metal track where the rollers sit.
This track can also become a hub where mold and mildew can proliferate. Worse, it’s out of the way and not that easy to maintain. The result often leads to dirtier bathtubs and a water-damaged door, which necessitates a shower door installation.
Maintenance and Cleaning
General maintenance and regular cleaning allow you to avoid these common problems. Since the track is the most problematic part of the bypass door, it’s important to focus your cleaning and maintenance on this part. It’s also a good idea to take note of the water damage components of the door as well as the rusted metal parts.
When to Replace Your Bypass Door
Despite its lower upfront cost, the higher maintenance needs of the bypass door make it impractical in the long run. When the doors are starting to stick and the damage is becoming more apparent, then it’s time to replace them.
The hinged shower door is the best alternative as it doesn’t rely on tracks or rollers, which means it won’t experience the same problems of water pooling and rusting as the bypass door. It’s also roughly the same price as the bypass door. Door clearance is the only thing you need to be mindful of when you choose this design for your next shower door project as the door swings open instead of sliding in place.
At EZ Baths, we offer a range of attractive shower doors for every kind of bathroom. We’ll help you the choose the most practical design and the best-looking finishes and styles that are custom-fit to your bathroom. We also offer shower base replacement services. Call us today at (510) 473-8350 to learn more. We are one of the top shower model contractors in Fremont, CA, and other parts of California.