Sometimes shower doors fail to glide smoothly or fall off the tracks. This can damage the door mechanism and also break glass in the tub. If you are searching for solutions to these issues, keep reading to learn how to fix a shower door.
How to Fix a Shower Door?
Aging shower doors experience many issues such as failing to roll smoothly. Let’s take a look at some common problems that happen to old shower doors and how to resolve them.
Fixing your Sliding Shower Door
Repairing a sliding shower door isn’t difficult. However, it can be time-consuming and costly if you don’t have the right tools. Sometimes, it’s a matter of simply adjusting the rollers of your sliding shower door. For starters:
- Check if the door rails have a guide rail screwed on the door frame.
- Take off the guide so you can remove the shower door.
- Spin the rollers to see if they rotate freely and then clean them using a damp cloth.
- Apply a spray lubricant.
- Put your shower door back in place to see if it’s rolling properly.
- Install your shower door track securely to ensure your safety.
Sometimes you may need to replace the rollers if they’re worn out. If the rollers are warped or broken, buy new ones. Be sure to write down size specifications and the manufacturer to get the right rollers.
Also, remember to check the guiding track condition, the type of rollers, and the extent of wear.
Repairing a Swinging Shower Door
If you usually walk into your bathroom and leave through a swinging door, you may have encountered some wear and tear problems such as shower door opening and not staying closed or scraping the shower pan edge bottom when you close and open the door.
To fix such problems, inspect the latches, handles, and hinges and then tighten each screw that’s loose. Also, clean the latch and door area using vinegar. Some doors are also shut with magnets. So mineral finishes or gummed up soap can impact the magnet’s holding power.
To resolve this issue, buy a new magnet strip and glue it on the shower door’s edge. However, if tightening doesn’t work and you notice physical damage like tears or bends in screw holes, replace the door instead of repairing it.
Repairing a Shower Door Frame
Sometimes if your shower door’s frame is broken or loose, you may need to repair it. First, tighten the screws holding the frame to the wall. Remember to remove old screws and replace them with new ones. If that doesn’t work, drill new holes and put new screws.
If the frame is glued on, you can pry it off. Remove the door and cut away any sealant. Use a screwdriver or knife to dislodge the frame from the door. Next, clean the sealant and old glue using alcohol.
Now, place back the frame using a good adhesive or screws. Once you are done, seal the edges using caulking. If you see any broken parts on the frames, replace them.
Replacing Glass Shower Doors
New shower glass doors are equipped with tempered glass, which is usually labeled on the door. This glass is designed to break into small, harmless shards. If you don’t see this, replace your shower door. It can be dangerous if it breaks since it can leave you with serious cuts, so we strongly recommend you use professional services in this case.
However, if you still want to do it yourself, know that most shops will help you order, choose, or cut acrylic pieces to fit into your shower door. When it comes to safety, this is the best shower door repair you can perform. Glass shower doors are also easy to maintain and reduce water leakage.
Fixing a shower door isn’t difficult. Depending on the problem you are experiencing, follow the steps we have outlined above to put your door back on track. Hopefully, you’ll be able to enjoy your showers again in no time.