October 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

If you are replacing doors and windows in your home, you may be need some help in choosing a new bathroom door. Most homeowners face some challenges when choosing a door for their bathroom, especially if it is that of a master bathroom remodel. Because of the small size of most bathrooms, it can be difficult to pick out the correct size and installation for your door. Another challenge is that of moisture and humidity changes in a bathroom which can damage some types of doors. When choosing a door for your bathroom, take function, aesthetics and cost into consideration to help you in finding the best and suitable door.

Select a material for your door

Though wood doors are most popular for interior use, they may warp or swell because of moisture and humidity changes in the bathroom. Use fiberglass or metal door to avoid issues like this, especially if your bathroom is not properly ventilated.

Take the swing of the door into consideration

Due to the tight configuration of most bathrooms, it is vital to determine whether the door should swing to the right or left. The door must be able to open completely without interfering with door handles or cabinet drawers. Also, the door shouldn’t swing into windows or mirrors and should not interfere with entry. A left-hand door should be chosen if you want your bathroom door to swing to the left and a right-hand door if you want it to swing to the right.

Determine whether you need a pre-hung unit

This include a door that is already hung on a frame. This unit allows for easy installation and they are a good choice if you want to replace the door as well as the existing frame. But if you are keeping the existing frame, pick a regular door instead.

Measure the size of the opening

When purchasing the door, the door you purchase must be 1/8 inch smaller than the opening inwidth and length. If you are choosing a pre-hung unit, the width of each jamb must be the same size as the thickness of your bathroom wall.

Compare design options

If you have selected fiberglass or steel, you will find doors embossed to copy the look of wood grain.

Select a finish

Steel or wood bathroom doors are sold finished or unfinished. If you choose pre-stained or pre-painted door, you will get a longer warranty and a better finish.