How To Install Glass Shower Doors

Posted on: 20 February 2016

Installing glass shower doors is actually not that difficult of a task. It is a great DIY project that can update the style of your bathroom and even make it feel a little larger. A glass shower door looks much classier than a shower curtain. You can find a wide selection of glass shower doors that are sold in easy-to-assemble kits. The list of tools necessary for this project is fairly common and most of the labor is not too arduous. Of course, lifting actual glass doors can be difficult and you will need at least one person to help you. This article explains how you can install glass shower doors.

Get the Right Tools

One of the most essential tools for this job is a metal hacksaw. This will allow you to cut the aluminum tracks that are included with your glass shower door kit. The job will also be much easier if you have a level. The longer the level, the more accurate it will be. Of course, you don't want to use a level that is longer than the tracks. The installation kit will include the screws, hardware and fasteners you need to install the track. However, you will also need a power drill to attach the screws.

Installing the Bottom Track

Perhaps the most important part of the whole installation is installing the bottom track. The track goes directly on top of the bath tub basin, but you want to make sure it is straight. First, take a measurement of the total length of the basin and cut the bottom and top track to length. Cutting the aluminum track is very easy, even with a basic handheld hacksaw. Use a tape measure to check the gap between the edge of the track and the edge of the bathtub basin. Check it at several points along the track to make sure it is square and in line with bathtub base.

Installing the Side Tracks

The sidetracks are already cut to the right size because they have to perfectly line up with the height of the glass doors. You need to use a level when drilling the side tracks in two the wall. As long as the bottom track is properly installed and the side checks are installed level, everything should be ready for the installation of the top track.

Attaching the Top Track

The top track is actually the easiest to install. All you do is place it on to the top of the side tracks and snap it into place. Finally, bring the doors in (with a helper) and hang them from the tracks. If all of the track pieces were properly installed, the door should hang with ease. All that is left to do at this point is to install all the hardware, handles and bumpers.

If you don't want to tackle the job on your own, consider asking for professional help. Companies like Mitchell's Glass & Mirror may be able to meet your needs in this area.