Installing Glass Shower Door On Your Bathtub Enclosure

Posted on: 21 January 2022

Adding glass shower doors to an older tub enclosure is a great way to upgrade your bathroom and make it more comfortable. The doors can add some modern style and eliminate the need for a shower curtain, incorporate towel bars, and help keep water inside the tub when someone is using the shower.

Picking Your Doors

Before you head off to the home center to get glass shower doors for your bathroom, you need to take a minute and measure the opening where the doors go. The length of the opening is the most essential piece, but it is also a good idea to measure the height and width so that you have the dimensions while shopping. 

Most home centers and hardware stores will stock some glass shower doors, and if you have a local plumbing supply center, they will also often have some options you can look at. The style of the door is not functionally necessary, but it can make a significant difference in the way the doors look in the room. 

Matching the color of the door and frame with the fixtures in the room is often a good idea, and many manufacturers make door sets with bronze, gold, and even black frames. You may also want a door that is entirely frosted, have a design on it, or is not frosted at all, so you should look at several designs to find the right one for your bathroom. 

Installing Your Doors

The glass shower doors you will use typically do not require much work to install. The tracks need to be positioned on the edge of the tub, and the guides and frame for the top attach to the sidewalls of the shower opening. The frames must be appropriately connected and level so the doors will open and close correctly.

You will need to apply some caulking to the track and guides to keep water out from under them. Most glass shower doors come with directions for the DIYer to use and install the doors without help, but hiring a contractor to do it for you is a good idea if you are not sure you can do the job. 

Once the guides and the track are in place, the doors are positioned in the channel. If you want the doors to open on a specific side or want a towel bar on the door is in a particular spot, you need to install the doors in the correct order. The towel bar is always on the door on the front track, so it does not stop the other door from moving when opening and closing the glass shower doors.

For more information on glass shower doors, contact a company near you. 


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