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

Shower Door

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

Removing A Shower Door

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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
  2. 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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
  3. 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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
  4. 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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
  5. 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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
  6. Vortex Series Framed Sliding Shower Door in aluminum Finish with Clear Glass Measures 20-3/4-in. by 72 in.view
    Vortex Series Framed Sliding Shower Door in aluminum Finish with Clear Glass Measures 20-3/4-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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
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    Vortex Series Framed Sliding Shower Door in Gold Finish with Clear 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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
  9. Simpla Series Semi-Frameless Pivot Shower Door in aluminum Finish with Pattern Glass Measures 20-9/16-in. by 90 in.view
    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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
  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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
  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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
  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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
  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.
    Estimated Price: $799.00+
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How do I remove a frameless glass shower door?

Removing a frameless glass door might be a one-person job, but to be on the safe side have two people on the task. Have cushioning such as towels or rugs available to set the glass on once removed. Be prepared to hold the weight of the glass pieces, then simply unscrew the hinges that hold the glass pieces to the wall. Follow up by using a putty knife to remove any caulking that may remain on the walls.

How can I remove a framed pivot shower door?

Removing a framed pivot shower door takes a bit more time than simply removing the pivot door. If your door sits inside a frame attached to the wall, you may need to remove the framing if you are going to completely replace the framing when installing a new door. Tools needed would be a screw driver, a putty knife to remove caulking from the wall, a step stool to reach the top of the door and remove screws, and a partner to help with the weight of the door.

Is it possible to repair a pivot shower door?

When a pivot shower door no longer closes properly, or it has sunk somehow and is not aligned, it is likely because the plastic pivot block has worn out with use. This requires replacing the pivot hardware. A typical pivot replacement kit will include one pivot block with a stainless steel pin, two screws, one top nylon pivot bushing that is small, and one top nylon pivot bushing that is large.

What’s the trick to removing a pivoting glass shower door?

Removing a pivoting glass shower door requires removing the pivot cap at the top of the pivot jamb, then removing screws that are holding the door in place. Once these pieces are removed the entire door can be lifted upward, thereby lifting the pin at the bottom of the door from the whole in which it had been sitting. Having a step stool securely in place to step on and a partner at the ready to take the door makes the whole job relatively simple and safe. The door removes quite easily.

How do I remove sliding shower doors with bottom glides?

If you’re able to shimmy the doors and lift them out of the track, do that first. If they do not lift out because there is a top track, then use a step stool and pop off the top track. After the doors are removed, use a screw driver to remove screws you can see from within the tracks. The side supports and threshold should remove with a bit of pressure to release them from any caulking that might have held them in place.

How do you replace a hinged shower door?

Using a screw driver remove each of the hinges on the door. Keep the screw and the hinges secure somewhere in case you intend to use them again when placing the new glass door. Look at the “U” shaped strips that remain in place and if they are held there with screws then remove the screws. Use a putty knife to remove the strips by sliding the knife between the strip and the wall - breaking the strips into pieces while removing if needed.

What’s the difference between a pivot and a hinged shower door?

The difference is that a pivot door rests downward onto a pin, which supports the weight of the door above while resting inside a pivot hole below the door. There are no hinges affixed to any side feature or wall. There is a top cap that keeps the door from falling. With hinged doors the weight of the door is balanced by hinges on the side of the door, affixed to the wall or another piece of glass. There is no pivot on a hinged door.

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