A pivot hinge is a hinge that secures your glass shower door from top to bottom. This hinge type allows a door to spin a full 360 degrees. These hinges are attached at the top and bottom of the door, creating a beautiful frameless view. Pivot hinge glass shower doors carry all the weight on the bottom hinge, and can hold more weight than side mounted hinges if the larger pivots are used.
Side mount hinges are similar to all the door hinges in your home! One side of the hinge on your glass shower door is anchored to the side of the frameless glass shower door. These types of hinges can only be spun about 90 degrees. The other side is mounted on the wall that’s closest, or another glass panel. Side mount wall hinges on a glass shower door gets rid of the need for a header or support bar, which doesn’t give your glass shower door the frameless look. Whether you choose side-mount hinges or pivot hinges is completely up to the look and design you’re going for!