How To Install Glass Shower Doors

Glass shower doors are great for your bathroom because they are easy to maintain and allow more light to come through when showering. To install your glass shower door, please read the following information about what kind of glass doors are available and how to place them properly in your shower.

Types of Glass Shower Doors

There are two basic types of glass shower doors available. One is frame-less, while the other is enclosed within a frame. The frame-less style requires hardware that is a bit expensive and the overall weight of the system is much heavier than the framed type. The framed type on the other hand is much lighter, easier to install, and is less expensive.

Materials You Will Need

You are going to need specific materials and tools to complete this project. These materials include:

  • The glass shower door unit;
  • Drop Cloth to protect floor;
  • Alcohol – you will use this to clean the areas before caulking;
  • Caulk, and;
  • Glass cleaner and a soft cloth.

The appropriate tools include:

  • Hacksaw;
  • Tape measure;
  • Caulking gun;
  • Level;
  • File;
  • Screwdriver;
  • Drill;
  • Masonry bits;
  • Mallet, and;
  • Grease pencil.

Step 1 – Cut the Base Track

Cut the base track for the glass shower door to the proper length of the tub/shower area. Use the file to smooth the cut end out and remove any burrs left behind. You then have to set the base track using the tape measure to make sure the track is centered on both ends. Use a grease pencil to mark each end so you can easily find the center again in case the track moves.

Step 2 – Install the Hinge Jamb

Next, you will install the hinge jamb for the glass shower door. Place the jamb on the wall so that it fits down into the track that you just cut. Make sure that the track does not move. Now place the level against the jamb and adjust it until it is in a level position. Use the grease pencil and mark the screw holes from the jamb on the wall. Drill pilot holes where you have just made the pencil marks and make them large enough so that you can place the screw anchors in the holes. Use the mallet to tap the anchors in and not a hammer or you may end up chipping or otherwise damaging the tiles. Now attach the jamb to the wall.

Step 3 – Install the Door

Now we have to install the glass shower door. Lift the door up and position the hinge as if the door were open. Push the hinge rail into the door jamb. While holding it in place, check to make sure the door is plumb with the level. If not, make adjustments where necessary. It’s actually best if you have a helper for this part of the project. There is about ½ inch of adjustment built into these units to make sure they are level. Now, while the helper is holding the door in the level position, drill holes through the existing hole in the hinge assembly and through the door jamb. Fasten the hinge assembly to the door jamb.

Step 4 – Install the Remaining Parts

Last, you will have to install the remaining door jamb the same way you installed the first one and attach it to the wall. Once that is installed then you have to install the header if one came with the unit. Screw the frame together with the hardware that came with the set. After you have done that, we need to attach the drip rail. Cut it to the proper size using the hacksaw and smooth out the cut edge. After you have done this, you will seal the installation using silicone caulk to prevent water from getting under the seams.