Given the choice between a shower curtain and a glass shower door, we would always recommend the latter. From a practical perspective, they are for more waterproof than a shower curtain as the entire space is sealed shut with no gaps. A glass shower door is easy to maintain, and you don’t need to worry about refitting it every time you want to clean it. If we’ve got you convinced, here is our guide on how to install a glass shower door with frame.
How To Install A Sliding Glass Shower Door (With Frame)
Step 1: Measuring Up
- As with most DIY projects, the first step of installing a glass shower door is to take accurate measurements. Before you go ahead and buy anything, you need to be sure that it will fit the space you’ve got. Make sure that you measure both the height and width.
- When buying your glass shower door, make sure that it comes with matching metal tracks, rollers and wall screws.
- Be aware that the tracks in many shower door kits are slightly longer than needed. You will simply needed to cut them to size.
Step 2: Making Your Marks
- Before you begin drilling it is important to make clear and accurate marks. These will help you keep everything straight and even, giving a more professional look once completed.
- You’ll want the glass shower door to rest in the centre of the shower tray lip, so make the centrepoint at regular intervals along it, a minimum of three times.
- Most models of glass shower door frame columns come with the screw hole pre-cut. You will simply need to line the column up with your central lip markings and make a mark through the hole.
- If you’re not sure if your markings are perfectly aligned, you could use a vertical spirit level to double check.
- To avoid permanently marking any tiles or other material, we would recommend that you stick a bit of masking tape over the area. Leave this in place as it will come in handy later.
Step 3: Applying The Silicone Seal
- The first part that you’re going to install is the threshold.
- To affix it to the shower door tray lip, we recommend that you use a silicone sealant. It is both waterproof and has a good resistance to mold.
- Apply the silicone sealant to the flat underside of the threshold using a caulking gun.
- When moving it into place, make sure that you line it up perfectly with the marks you’d already made. Once you’ve got it how you want press down firmly.
- For the perfect seal, dip your fingers in some soapy water and then smooth over the bulging sealant, flattening it out.
- You will need to work relatively quickly as the sealant only takes fives minutes or so to start drying.
Step 4: Drilling Holes For The Columns
- Drill into the tiles at the points that you have previously marked
- Make sure you’re using the right drill bit for the job. A ceramic drill bit will typically be made of ground tungsten carbide or diamond, and should be used slowly and steadily.
- Remember the masking tape that you left in place from early on? By drilling through that instead of bare tile, you minimise the chance of any costly cracks. The tape can also give you a bit more grip than the smooth surface of the tile so you’re less likely to slip with the drill. You can remove the tape once the drilling is done.
Step 5: Inserting The Wall Anchors
- Use a hammer firmly push the wall anchors into the newly created holes.
- Wall anchors are used to create a surface onto which the screws can grip.
Step 6: Screw The Column Into Place
- Hold the column up against the wall so that the pre-cut holes in the metal line up with the wall anchors, and the bottom matches up with the threshold.
- Use a screwdriver with the provided screws to secure the column in place.
- Apply silicone sealant with a caulking gun on either side of the column to create a watertight seal.
- Repeat on the other side.
Step 7: Adding Support To The Top
- Most glass shower door kits come with a crossmember to attach the two columns together at the top.
- In most cases, they can simply be fitted by clipping it on at the top. If your columns aren’t evenly lined up you may encounter problems at this stage.
Step 8: Fitting The Glass Shower Door Itself
- Roller installation varies from manufacturer to manufacturer so please follow the instructions they provide. Typically however, they will simply slide into the threshold.
- Double check that you’ve got the door the right way round with the door facing outwards before you fit it.
- Line up the glass panel with the rollers and slowly lower into position. Give the door a few experimental slides to ensure that the movement is smooth.
Finally, we would recommend that you wait 24 hours before using the shower in order to give the silicone sealant time to completely dry. You want to be sure that your glass shower door is as watertight as possible.
Glass and Stainless can design, install and advise on any sliding glass shower door. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.