Of all the components of a home that most people pay close attention to, the shower door is probably pretty low on the list. However, because this particular component plays an important role not just in your day-to-day life, but in the longevity of many of the materials surrounding it, a broken shower door is definitely worth paying attention to. The ease with which this unique fixture can be repaired or replaced will be highly dependent on its style and dimensions. Here are a few things to consider before, during, and after the project.
Some companies who specialize in these fixtures have a simple form to make measuring even more effective.
1.Good Candidates for Shower Door Repair
No matter what style of door your shower has, it is often the nature of the damage that determines whether a repair is possible. Cracked glass or plastic can often be replaced and doors with difficult sliding action or hinged doors that do not close properly may also be good candidates for repair. Doors with severely bent frames and those that are failing in more than one area due to old age, however, may never see full function in the future. This, of course, makes replacement the more practical solution.
2.Shower Door Installation
While pre-packaged kits have certainly come a long way in making shower door installation more DIY-friendly, proper sizing and careful measuring before you buy can save you a lot of hassle later. In many cases, companies who offer shower doors and enclosures will offer homeowners very specific instructions on what to measure and how to measure it, which makes the job much easier. In fact, some companies who specialize in these fixtures have a simple form to make measuring even more effective; just pick out the door or enclosure you want from a series of diagrams, make the measurements indicated, and record them in the appropriate spaces on the form. Your replacement door or enclosure is then crafted to fit those measurements exactly.
3.Calling for a Shower Door Service
Though some homeowners are happy to tackle this job themselves, many will leave shower door installation and repair to the professionals. The professional you choose for this task, however, is just as important as the dimensions of the shower or tub when it comes to ensuring a good fit and long-lasting operation.
If you are simply calling for repair, a handyman service is the perfect choice. Not only can these professionals replace rollers, repair broken glass, and fix hinges, they can perform minor plumbing, carpentry, and electrical repairs around the entire house. What this means for you: A fast and effective solution for many different annoyances on any part of your property--all for one single (and often very reasonable) price.
If your job is more involved (replacing large components in a custom shower enclosure, for example), you'll need to call someone who specializes in this specific kind of work. Remember: Talking to at least three different contractors and getting quotes from each is one of the most effective paths to finding excellent service at a good price.
4.Shower Door Prices
As is the case with most home components, buying a shower door can range in cost from very modest to extremely expensive. Your local home improvement center is likely to offer several different models of plain sliding shower doors for between $200 and $500 (not including installation cost). Full enclosures will start at about $1,000, and custom work can get extremely expensive. It is important to realize, though, that a more expensive door or enclosure does not necessarily mean a more durable product. Here, again, a good contractor can be an incredible asset, as he or she will have seen the brands and models available in action and will have firsthand knowledge of which pieces tend to lose function/appearances quickly and which will perform well and look great for years to come.