Trying to include bi-fold shower doors into a handicapped bathroom or wet room design can be quite a challenge, especially if the disabled person who is going to be using the facilities is in a wheelchair.
This is because most bi-fold doors for showers need some sort of track on the top and bottom in order to make a good shower seal to keep the water from leaking out all over the bathroom floor. Many times a better thing to use if one has the space is to incorporate a frameless door into the walk in shower enclosure design. If you design your project the right way you will have no worries of continually wet bathroom floors due to seepage from under the door.
Many times this may require a complete redesign of the bathroom itself. If often comes down to how much time, money, and patience does a person have as most every bathroom remodeling project takes at least a week even with the most skilled contractors with many projects taking a month or more to finally put the finishing touches on it.
Oftentimes the project takes so long because once one gets started, whether a person is a do it yourselfer or hires a contractor is that there is often problems with prior water damage that has gone unseen which may be causing a black mold problem, rotting sub floors and even possibly damage to the main floor structure or joist themselves. Any one of these things will cause a huge delay and more time and money to fix before you can even get to the main idea of the project itself.
Any handicapped bathroom remodeling project should be thought out well in advance and arrangements made for the bathroom to be unusable for a lengthy period of time. Visit MadProgress.com for additional wet rooms design ideas and how one can go about planning for a walk in shower design that once complete will last for years to come.
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