how to remove shower doors

Shower Door Being Removed
Tools Needed
1 Gloves
2 Rubber Mallet
3 Screwdriver
4 Drill
5 Caulk gun
6 Miter Saw
7 Claw hammer
8 Silicone caulk
9 Masking tape
10 Caulk remover tool
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Materials Needed
1 Shower Door
2 Shower Door Hardware
3 Plastic Bags
Total Cost
$100-$200
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Estimated Time
2-4 Hours
Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

Person Removing A Shower Door

Although many people use shower curtains to keep water inside the tub during their shower, many bathrooms still use shower doors. These doors offer a uniquely sophisticated ambiance to the room, but they’re not right for every homeowner. If you’re one of those people who hates the idea of shower doors, it is time to learn how to remove shower doors and replace with a new shower rod and curtain. Of course, if you are a lover of the shower door, you can keep them up, but may wish to remove them to clean. If shower doors aren’t properly cleaned, buildup of mold, mildew, soap scum, and other gunk can cause a stomach-turning scene fairly quickly.

No matter why it is time to remove the shower doors from the tub, the step-by-step instructions below simplify the removal process, turning this into one of the easiest DIY jobs you’ll ever experience. Learn how to remove shower doors and in just a few short hours, you’ll easily complete this fun, yet tedious, project.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Remove the Panels

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Although you’re eager to remove the shower door, don’t rush the job and cause yourself more hassle and added work. An efficient job is conducted at a steady pace; don’t try to rush through things!

Put on the gloves and let the work begin! First step is removing the shower door panels. This is a simple step, but the overall shower door removal process is fairly simple as well. Tedious is a better word for the job.

Remove the outside panel from the shower door first. Grip the door tightly using both hands. Using both hands prevents you from dropping the panel and ensures that you can handle the weight of the shower doors. Some are considerably heavy!

Once you’ve gripped the door, gently lift to raise it free from the bottom track. Once the panel releases, tilt it slightly toward you, pulling in a downward motion to release the panel from the top track.  Repeat this process with the interior shower panel.

Removal of the panels is simple, so if you find them hard or impossible to remove, look to see if screws are holding the panels in place.  Sometimes, two or three screws (on either side) hold the panels in place. Quick removal of the screws is easy with the drill.

2

Loosen the Door Jambs

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Avoid prolonged cleanup and potential damage to the shower door by placing a drop cloth in the tub before you begin loosening the door jambs. If you don’t already own a drop cloth, they’re fairly affordable and sold online and at many home improvement retailers.

Use a claw hammer and screwdriver to loosen the screws that hold the side jamb together with the wall. Use a utility knife to make a slit where the caulk and jamb join, and a second on the inside of the jamb. Use your screwdriver and claw hammer to loosen the screws holding the side jamb together with the wall.  A utility knife can easily cut the outside of the jamb; make a cut where the jamb and caulk join and a second on the inside of the jamb. A putty knife placed in the cuts grooves can remove the caulk with a simple tap from a hammer. Repeat steps for the second jamb.

3

Remove the Bottom Track

Shower Door Frame

Removing the bottom track is as simple as making the same cuts that you made above. This helps loosen the caulking. Use the same removal techniques as used in step two above also, using  a putty knife and hammer to remove the caulk. Once gone, remove the track and place it to the side. If you’re replacing the shower doors, you’ll need the track to reapply later.

Masking tape is a great solution for those screws you’re removing, holding them neatly in place while separating them for each side of the door.  Just lay the screws on the sticky side of the tape. Since masking tape has low-tacking, there won’t be sticky residue left behind.

4

Remove Excess Caulk

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Caulk will likely be left behind around the tub with the shower doors and all the materials down. Use your caulk remover to soften the caulk, and your pry bar and caulk remover to complete the removal process after the softener has set for half-hour. If you’re replacing the shower doors with a rod and curtain, recaulking the area before proceeding is important.

Conclusion

Removing shower doors is one of the easiest DIY jobs you’ll ever tackle, despite being a bit tedious for most people. Whenever there is caulk involved, you can almost always expect a tedious job! Nevertheless, removing the shower doors isn't at all difficult and can be done in just a couple hours time.

Why pay someone else to do the job when you know how to remove shower doors the easy way?

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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.
    Price: $129.99
  2. 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
  3. Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Pivot Shower Door in Gold Finish with Pattern Glass Measures 20-9/16-in. by 90 in.view
    Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Pivot Shower Door in Gold 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
  4. 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
  5. Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Pivot Shower Door in Nickel Finish with Pattern Glass Measures 20-3/4-in. by 90 in.view
    Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Pivot Shower Door in Nickel Finish with Pattern Glass Measures 20-3/4-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: $1,250.00
  6. 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
  7. Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Corner Shower Door in Chrome Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 20-1/4-in. by 72 in.view
    Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Corner Shower Door in Chrome Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 20-1/4-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
  8. 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
  9. Vortex Series Frameless Corner Shower Door in Bronze Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 19-3/8-in. by 72 in.view
    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
  10. Vortex Series Frameless Corner Shower Door in Black Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 17-7/8-in. by 72 in.view
    Vortex Series Frameless Corner Shower Door in Black Finish with Frosted 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.
    Price: $750.00
  11. Vortex Series Frameless Sliding Shower Door in Black Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 20-9/16-in. by 72 in.view
    Vortex Series Frameless Sliding Shower Door in Black Finish with Frosted Glass Measures 20-9/16-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: $79.99
  12. Vortex Series Frameless Sliding Shower Door in aluminum Finish with Clear Glass Measures 14-7/8-in. by 72 in.view
    Vortex Series Frameless Sliding Shower Door in aluminum Finish with Clear Glass Measures 14-7/8-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.
    Price: $750.00
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Questions And Answers

What is a semi frameless shower door?
A semi-frameless shower enclosure has a header at the top, along with tempered glass, increasing its stability. There is no channel on the handle side, the top, or the bottom. This is a great option for those looking for the elegance but who have a budget or design constraint.
Are frameless shower doors safe?
Frameless shower doors are very safe. They are built using a thick, strong, tempered glass. This glass is designed to keep you safe if it were to happen to break while you were in the shower. When broken, tempered glass breaks into small round pieces to reduce chances of injury.
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.
How do you adjust a frameless shower door?
There are two or three hinges on the side of the tempered glass. There are machine bolts that have a hex-head, these are used to secure the hinges that hold the glass in place. You will need an assistant and the hex-head screwdriver in order to adjust the hinges.
How do you install shower doors?
The installation process is different for each type of shower door. You will need to check information for your specific door. For example, hinged door, sliding door, frameless shower door. For those less experienced with home repairs. it might you can always allow a professional to install it for you.
What is a pivot shower door?
A pivot shower door is also known as a hinge or swinging door. There are semi-frameless and frameless pivot shower doors and they open just like the traditional doors do.
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.
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.
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.
What is the best thing to use to clean glass shower doors?
The best thing to clean your glass shower door is a mixture of baking soda along with vinegar. You should scrub the shower until it is sparkly clean. Once the shower is clean, you can use Rain-X shower, or some something else similar, in order to ensure your shower stays clean.
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