how to install a shower door

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Tools Needed
1 4-foot level
2 Nail gun or hammer
3 Metal filings
4 Finishing nails
5 Tape measure
6 ¾-inch chisel
7 Philips-head screwdriver
8 Driver or drill
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Materials Needed
1 Safety Glasses
2 Gloves
3 Garbage Bag
Total Cost
$50-$100
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Estimated Time
3-5 Hours
Skill Level: Expert
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Project Overview

Beautiful Shower Doors

Installing a shower door is usually the last step in the installation of a new shower in your bathroom. This installation will take only a couple of hours as long as you use the right measurements, tools and organization. It is not as difficult as you may expect.

With our shower door installation guide you will learn what tools and equipment are needed for the proper execution of this job, and exactly how to hang the door without any problem.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Plan and Take Measurements

Taking Measurements Of Shower Door Dimensions

Carefully measure the width of your shower opening, at least, in 3 places: up to a five feet, threshold and halfway in between

  • You need to use a filler strips for any walls that are more than five feet, and also exceed vertical by half an inch. The strip should be similar in color, to ensure the door is plumb.
  • From the exact position on the threshold where your door will pivot, precisely measure the distances to your bath fixtures and other potential obstacles that the door may hit when it swings.
  • Make a sketch of your shower in plain view (from above) and also in terms of elevation (side view). Jot down all these measurements and head into the bathroom.
2

Cut the Base Track to Length

Cutting Shower Door Track

After measuring the length of the threshold of the shower, use a saw to cut off the base track so that it fits tightly between the walls of your stall. Using a file smooth over the cut ends. Thoroughly vacuum the metal filings instantly so they do not scratch your shower base or bathroom floor.

3

Set Up the Base Track

person installing the bottom track for a shower door

Keep the base track on the floor and take out your tape measure. Ensure it is centered from back to front. Using a pencil, place marks on the threshold along the edges of the base track close to each end. This will enable you to easily reposition it, in case it slides during jamb installation.

4

Mark the Hinge-Side Jamb

person using a pencil to mark measurements on a shower frame

Along the sides of your shower opening that is used for supporting the shower door hold a piece of jamb tightly against your wall such that its lower end is wedged into the track. Do not move your track, with a 4-foot level keep adjusting the jamb until it is plumb.

Stick a pencil or pen through the screw holes of the jamb to mark the walls. Remove the jamb gently, and on every pencil mark make a tiny divot with a hammer or punch and nail set. The tool chips the glaze of the tiles enough and help in preventing the drill from wandering.

5

Drill Holes for the Wall Anchors

person using a drill to drill holes in a shower door frame

Drill holes carefully at every mark with a 3/16-inch-diameter drill bit. Tack a plastic anchor into all screw holes. Be careful and use a plastic mallet so that you don’t mar the walls. Position the jamb meticulously against your wall such that its screw holes nicely align with plastic anchors. Hammer a 1½-inch steel pan-head screw into every hole.

6

Hang the Shower Door

Person Hanging The Shower Door

Lift your door and position it so that its attached hinge rail swings out, and place the hinge rail in the jamb. Secure the door in its place, checking its strike-side edge using your level to ensure it is plumb. In case it is not, slightly pull out the hinge rail from the jamb at the bottom or top.

When the shower door is plumb, the hinge rail will still be securely engaged in the jamb—there is a complete ½ inch of adjustment for the plumb between the 2 pieces. Request a helper to hold the shower door in place, and make four 8/32-inch holes through the hinge rail’s holes and into the jamb. Secure the hinge rail firmly to the jamb using several ½-inch steel pan-head screws.

7

Install the Final Side Jamb

Shower Door Parts

In case there is no side panel, place the magnetic strike rail on the last side jamb. Holding the jamb and rail close the shower door until it aligns with the base track. Keep adjusting the jamb until it is flush against your wall. Place marks on the wall along the jamb then remove it from the rail. Keep the jamb aligned with a pencil line and then mark the locations for screw holes. Drill holes for plastic anchors and tack the jamb to your wall.

For installing the side panel, place the jamb on one of the edges of the panel and the strike rail on the other edge. Slip the panel in the track. Closing the shower door mark the wall alongside the jamb. Remove the magnetic rail and jamb from the panel and firmly attach the jamb. Slip the panel back into the base track and jamb.

8

Screw the Frame Together

screwdriver being used to screw in the shower door frame

Install the shower door handle. Align the exterior handle with the door frame’s holes. Attach the door’s interior handle then tighten the screws. Secure the assembly by making a hole. Then drive a ½-inch screw through the base track’s exterior, where it meets the vertical frame member. Repeat the same process on the interior of this header. Keep the screws centered on the aluminum extrusions.

Conclusion

Your shower door has been installed. For making your shower enclosure completely waterproof, you can apply a bead of clear and mildew-resistant silicone caulk along the outside and inside edges of the base track. Applying silicone along the interior edges of the left and right side jambs is also important.

Immediately smooth out the silicone after application to create an even and neat joint. This will add to the aesthetic appeal of your newly installed door. Now feel free to hop in the shower, you deserve a nice long shower after this job.

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  1. Vortex Series Framed Sliding Shower Door in aluminum Finish with Clear Glass Measures 17-7/8-in. by 72 in.view
    Vortex Series Framed Sliding Shower Door in aluminum Finish with Clear Glass Measures 17-7/8-in. by 72 in.
    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
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    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
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    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
    Price: $1,250.00
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    Vortex Series Frameless Corner Shower Door in Bronze Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 19-3/8-in. by 72 in.
    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
    Price: $750.00
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    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
    Price: $79.99
  6. Vortex Series Framed Sliding Shower Door in aluminum Finish with Clear Glass Measures 20-3/4-in. by 72 in.view
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    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
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    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
    Price: $500.00
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    Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Pivot Shower Door in aluminum Finish with Pattern Glass Measures 20-9/16-in. by 90 in.
    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
    Price: $750.00
  10. Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Pivot Shower Door in Gold Finish with Pattern Glass Measures 14-7/8-in. by 90 in.view
    Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Pivot Shower Door in Gold Finish with Pattern Glass Measures 14-7/8-in. by 90 in.
    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
    Price: $79.99
  11. Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Pivot Shower Door in Nickel Finish with Pattern Glass Measures 14-7/8-in. by 90 in.view
    Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Pivot Shower Door in Nickel Finish with Pattern Glass Measures 14-7/8-in. by 90 in.
    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
    Price: $79.99
  12. Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Corner Shower Door in Chrome Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 18-1/16-in. by 90 in.view
    Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Corner Shower Door in Chrome Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 18-1/16-in. by 90 in.
    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
    Price: $79.99
  13. Vortex Series Frameless Corner Shower Door in Bronze Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 18-1/16-in. by 72 in.view
    Vortex Series Frameless Corner Shower Door in Bronze Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 18-1/16-in. by 72 in.
    Enhance the beauty of your home’s interior with a Home Décor USA shower door. Whether you are in need of a traditional styled shower door or wish to create a focal point for your family members and guests, our doors offer a polished look to affordability and function. Custom built glass doors can take on the modern aesthetics of your bathroom or create an elegance that exudes beauty and charm.Constructed to meet your architectural needs, our shower doors are available in a wide array of options. From sliding to hinge doors, clear to textured glass, you can be sure that a Home Décor USA shower door will create the enclosure and privacy levels you wish to achieve. Heighten your interior decorating skills with elegant hardware that complements the rest of your bathroom for a truly finished look.
    Price: $1,250.00
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Questions And Answers

How do you get rid of hard water on shower doors?
For hard water stains, you can use vinegar. Make a mixture of diluted vinegar using half water. You can now wipe the mixture on your shower door, leave for about ten minutes, then proceed to rinse it. Citrus can be used for hard water stains on metal.
How wide is a standard shower door?
There are many different kinds of standard showers, so the width would vary. A standard bathtub shower is generally 60 inches in width. A standalone shower is generally between 48 and 60 inches in width. A smaller shower may be less than 48 inches in width.
What is the best way to remove soap scum from shower glass doors?
If your shower glass doors have soap scum on them, you can clean it off in many ways. One of the best ways is to mix vinegar, baking soda and salt.
What is the minimum size for a shower door?
You will need to check your state to make sure there is not a minimum legal requirement. If not, you should be able to get a custom shower door to fit the size you are looking to make. However, there may be some restrictions depending on the style of door.
What cleans water spots off shower doors?
There are many things that you can use to clean water spots off of your shower doors. First, you can try a bathroom cleaner meant for showers. You can also use a mixture of vinegar, water, and baking soda. The biggest thing is keeping the spots gone once fully cleaned.
Do glass shower doors open in or out?
The shower doors that hang on hinges are not code permitted to be only inward swinging. There are different reasons for this code. The main reasons for this is because the person showering needs access in case they fall. However, the door could be inward and outward swinging.
How thick should a glass shower door be?
The exact size for a glass shower door isn’t set in stone. However, the general thickness for these shower doors should be a minimum of half-inch. If the door opens out, instead of sliding, the glass should be three-eighth inch.
How do I remove soap scum from glass shower door?
There are many harmful chemicals that can be used to get rid of soap scum on glass shower doors. However, vinegar works just as well for cleaning these kinds of shower doors.
How much does it cost to install a shower door?
The cost to install shower doors does vary. The factors depend on the type of material that is being used for the shower door, the brand and where you are buying it from. However, the average cots for installing shower doors is between $250 and $450.
How do I install a pivot shower door?
There are many steps for installing a pivot shower door. This involves a lot of measuring, cutting, drilling and installing. This is a project best left for professionals. However, there are guides online for doing this.
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