Some of the advantages of pivot shower doors are: a reduction in the cost of glass fabrication; also, all the weight of pivot doors are carried at the base, creating a floor that is very structurally sound. They are suitable for corner alcoves or larger openings, making them a safer choice for people with mobility issues. They come in two different thicknesses: one-half- inch or three-eights-inch. The thicker one-half -inch glass has a more substantial look and comes in three different types: clear, which has a slightly greenish tinge typical of most glass; frosted, which can be either acid-etched or sandblasted. Acid etching is cost-effective and gives a more realistic effect while sandblasting is accomplished with a machine that pelts the glass with sand or other similar particles. Third is low-iron, a relatively new method of removing iron particles from glass, which gives the most transparent appearance. Using low-iron glass in your shower gives your bathroom a light, ethereal spa-like feel.
The slightly thinner three-eights- inch glass is more affordable and comes in a few more styles. In addition to the clear, frosted, and low-iron options, it is also available tinted (similar to tinted automobile windows) in shades such as grey and bronze. There are a few different acid-etched styles available: Strom and Krystal Rain, which produce creative striations within the glass.