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The Hidden Risks of DIY Frameless Shower Door Installation

Frameless glass shower doors are elegant and modern and can instantly boost the look, feel, and functionality of your bathroom. However, choosing the right type of glass shower door is only a small part of the process. Correct installation by a team of experienced glass contractors can ensure that your door is made to fit and custom-designed with your bathroom in mind. 

When a shower door is installed correctly, it ensures that the door seals properly, preventing leaks and potential water damage.

When a shower door is not installed correctly, it can result in water damage to your floors, walls, and more. Additionally, improper installation can damage shower glass and shower door hardware. There are many common mistakes you’ll need to avoid when installing a frameless glass shower door. This type of installation process should only be handled by the pros.

The average person often fails to recognize the many complexities involved in installing a frameless shower enclosure and how improper installation can result in water leakages that can ruin a bathroom floor. To avoid any costly mistakes, this type of complex shower installation should only be handled by professionals. Proper installation requires a certain level of skill. At GCS Glass and Mirror, we provide professional installation for custom glass shower enclosures and doors. 

Below, you’ll find some common mistakes that many DIYers make when attempting to install a frameless shower door or enclosure. 

Improper Measurements

Taking improper measurements is a common mistake many DIYers make. If you fail to take accurate measurements of your shower and the shower doorway space, you can risk installing an ill-fitting door that will not shut all the way or seal correctly. Two to three millimeters can make all the difference.

Incorrect Installation Hardware 

Using the right hardware matters. The type of hardware you choose can affect the shower door’s overall durability and how it handles wet conditions. The bathroom is a moist, wet environment. Because of this, you must choose hardware that’s corrosion-resistant and able to withstand exposure to moisture.

Additionally, it’s important to choose high-quality door hardware, with a finish that can withstand daily use. 

Also, make sure that the hardware you purchase is rated for glass door use, otherwise, it can cause damage to the door’s glass.

Leveling That Doesn't Look Right 

One of the most important things to consider when installing a new shower door is the slope of the shower curb. You must make sure that the curb does not slope away from the door toward the floor. An improper-sloping shower curb can result in mildew or mold growth and leaks.

At GCS Glass and Mirror, we commonly encounter shower curbs with incorrect leveling that has resulted in extensive water damage. If you have a shower curb that was not installed correctly, you can contact the pros at GCS Glass and Mirror to discuss your options.

Insufficient Cleaning 

Before a shower door is installed, the glass must be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down. Cleaning the glass removes grease, grime, dirt, and debris. Glass that’s clean will ensure a smoother installation process and can prevent damage over time.

Contact GCS Glass & Mirror to Get a Quote!

 If you’re considering upgrading your bathroom with a custom shower door, let the team at GCS Glass and Mirror help. We have extensive experience installing all types of shower doors and enclosures and can handle any type of bathroom remodeling project. A professional shower installer on our design team can meet with you to discuss the different shower door options available and help you choose a model that works with your style, needs, and budget. Contact the team at GCS Glass and Mirror today to get a quote and learn more.




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– Alex Tooke

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– Jessica Laue-Flint

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I would highly recommend this company for your shower door. Brandon was quick to respond to my request for quote. He provided excellent details about the options and prices including pictures, all in text so was very convenient.

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