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« on: August 10, 2009, 08:43:30 PM »

We have installed a steam shower, endured plenty of setbacks, and are down to sealing the tile & buying a door. The room is fairly small & the toilet could get in the way of a swinging door. I am leaning towards a sliding door.

Do sliding doors really keep in the steam? And are there frameless sliding doors available?
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009, 07:43:26 PM »

The sliding door; although never as tight as a swing door, can be used in a steam room quite effectively provided it is designed for that purpose.  Most sliding doors have bumper stops on each end and a gap between the doors which makes them unsuitable for a steam application.

Here is a Sliding Door specifically designed for steam rooms. The 500S door has unique vinyl sealed “pocket jambs” on each end and a vinyl seal in the gap between the doors.  One thing to keep in mind with the sliding doors is the width of your shower. You will only have 50% of the opening to enter the shower so a minimum of about 48” is good.

Frameless Siding Doors are not currently available for steam but there are some beautiful Frameless Swing Doors which can be modified for steam. The advantage here is that the door swings both ways but you still must be mindful of the toilet. For more information on the frameless doors, call a Steam Shower Specialist.

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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2013, 09:15:44 PM »

The sliding door Lexi refers to by Bathology is a fantastic steam shower sliding door.  It is available in numerous frame finishes, glass patters and can accommodate most steam shower heights.

Sliding doors will allow more vapor to escape the steam shower than a swing door, however, the small amount of humidity is generally insignificant.  A bath fan is recommended outside any steam shower and will do well to control humidity outside the steam bath. 

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