What’s The Difference Between A Pivot Hinge And A Side-Mount Hinge?

If you’re in the market for a new shower door, you’ll likely come across terminology like pivot hinge and side-mount pivot hinge. But what’s the difference between the two? And which one is right for your bathroom? Keep reading to find out!

What Is A Pivot Hinge Shower Door?

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-mount pivot hinges if the larger pivots are used.

A pivot hinge shower door is one that swings away from the side of the shower and toward you as you enter or exit. Pivot doors tend to be much heavier than side-mount hinges, and they require more water pressure to move smoothly. But if your shower area has limited space and doesn’t need a sliding door, pivot hinges are a great choice as they allow the door to open against the side of the shower.

What Is A Side-Mount Hinge Shower Door?

A side-mounted shower door pivot hinge is one that swings from side-mounted hinges away from the side of the shower and toward the center of the room. Side-mount doors tend to be much lighter than pivot hinges, but they require more clearance space around them due to their side-mounted hinges. 

Side mount hinges are similar to all the door hinges in your home! One side of the hinge on your glass shower door pivot hinges are anchored to the side of the frameless 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!

The Answer Is To Hire A Professional

The best way to know what is the best option is to find a professional glass-door installation company that, based on your space and budget, can determine the best option for you.

At C&C Glass, we are experts with over 10 years of experience and will always aim to give you the support you need in order to get the best and most long-lasting results with your glass shower door.

If you have any questions about shower door pivot hinges, contact us today and we will be more than happy to answer all your concerns


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