The Importance of Proper Installation of Shower Doors

Showers have come a long way over the past several decades. In times past, a simple curtain would partition a shower from the rest of the bathroom. Eventually, the glass-framed shower door was introduced, followed by glass shower stalls. The metal frames, generally aluminum, held it all together with some screws, glue and plastic molding.

Recently, the shower has evolved to include stylish frameless glass shower doors and stalls. Being just short of revolutionary, these new showers can now be considered one of the greater highlights of the home.

Frameless Vs. Framed Showers

There is no doubt that the introduction of the frameless shower has brought renewed beauty to the shower stall. With no frame to hinder the view of decorative tile work and elegant fixtures, it is as if there were no partition at all. These showers offer great versatility in unique areas that don’t adhere to the generally square or rectangular stall and utilize unique hardware to adorn the sleek partition. Another attractive feature is the ability of the frameless glass door to open in as well as out, giving an incredible space-saving option. Installing these frameless pieces, however, is quite a bit more complicated than the traditional framed shower door. Each piece of glass has to be cut to fit tightly to the tile or marble.

Framed shower doors, while offering multiple metals and colors to enhance their luster, are fairly simple to install. Their frames are fixed to the wall and then to one another. The entire structure ends up supporting itself. This support allows a greater variety of tempered glass at an over-all lower cost than frameless shower doors.

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Potential Risks of DIY

When considering installing a shower door, whether it is frameless or not, it is highly recommended that a professional is hired to perform this task. Though drilling a few holes and screwing in some screws doesn’t seem like an overwhelming endeavor for your average handyman, there are several concerns that could be rectified merely by allowing the experts to handle it, including:

  • Leading doors
  • Mold and mildew
  • moisture damage
  • Shattered glass
  • Poor door operation
  • Loss of investment

Poorly installed shower doors have the potential to leak. Whether frameless or framed, we check the walls to ensure a tight fit with no reveals or gaps and to guarantee smooth operation of the door.