How to Remove Sliding Shower Doors

What You'll Need
Textured work gloves
Rubber mallet
Pry bar
Utility knife
Caulk stripper

Shower doors are a great alternative to shower curtains. Shower doors are made from tempered glass and can break. If this happens, you will have to replace the shower doors but, unfortunately, not every frame is suitable for all types of shower doors. If you wish to recycle a door for your own use, add one to your current shower installation or simply replace the glass, you will need to know how to correctly and carefully remove shower doors. The following information will share with you how to remove the shower doors as well as how to remove the frames.

Step 1 - Removing the Moving Shower Door

This is the easiest step because removing a shower door from the frame is an uninvolved process. Look at the track on the bottom. It is made out of aluminum with the edge that faces the inside of the shower being shorter than the one on the other side. The top of the shower doors is where you will find the track wheels which allow the doors to slide along the track. To remove the shower doors you will want to stand inside of the shower and put on your gloves. These textured gloves allow you to get a nice grip on the glass to help prevent them from being dropped. Grab the door closest to you from each end then firmly lift it straight up. The door should lift right off the track. Carefully lean the bottom toward you then lower yourself in order for the shower door to come out of the track.

Step 2 - Removing the Stationary Door

If your shower has two doors that move, you can remove the second door in the same manner as the first. If, however, you are presented with one moving door and one stationary door you will need to employ a different technique in order to remove it. Look on the side of the wall where the door is mounted. You will see caulking which you can use your caulking stripper to take off. Identify the screws holding the mount in place and remove them from the frame. You will either be able to remove this section by lifting and tilting as you did on the first door or you will have to slide it to the open section of track.

Step 3 - Removing the Rails

The door that moves will have a piece of aluminum along the top, bottom and usually the sides. This aluminum piece offers stability, a handle to move the door and a piece which includes the wheels. These pieces of aluminum are often filled with caulk then placed on the edges of the glass. Slide the utility knife between the glass and metal and go along the edges on both sides. Now, use the rubber mallet to gently push the metal from the glass. Once loose you can remove them by hand.