At Glass Castle, we’re dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality services at a fair price. While we do a lot of window and glass replacement, there’s one item in the home that most homeowners don’t give a second thought to: their glass shower doors.
As homeowners, we like to think that once we install our showers, they don’t need anything more than maintenance. Unfortunately, that’s just not true. Design advancements in the past few years have changed a great deal, allowing homeowners to quickly and easily update their bathrooms by swapping their old-fashioned shower doors with modern, streamlined frameless glass doors.
The reasons to update that old shower door go beyond improving your home’s style, however. To understand why you need to update your shower glass doors, let's look at how the older doors were designed.
Old Shower Door Components
Whether they were floor-mounted or mounted from the rim of the tub, old-fashioned shower doors have quite a few components to their structure. These include:
- Gaskets and seals
Over time, the repeated exposure to moisture and heat in a bathroom weakens the seals between the glass and the framing. This can lead your shower to leak, or worse, the glass to become loose in its fitting.
In addition to these concerns, it can be nearly impossible to keep all those minute crevices clean and dry. Harsh chemicals can cause erosion of the seals, and any trapped moisture increases the risk of mold growth. You could end up with mold between your seals and your glass doors, or in other areas that you can’t reach.
Frameless glass shower doors solve this issue by eliminating the framework for your glass.
Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Shower Door
If you notice any of these signs, contact our team of professionals today. We’ll send a technician out right away to restore proper function to your shower doors.
- Your glass doors stick, make noise when closing or don’t close all the way. This is a sign that the framing and tract to your glass door has worn with age, and puts you at risk of breaking or cracking your shower door.
- Any sign of cracking, chips or other defects in the glass. No one can dispute the beauty of glass doors, but if they show any sign of weakness, they’re a safety hazard. If you see physical defects in your glass, it’s time to replace them.
- Evidence of rust on the framing. While most shower door framing is painted and treated, no preventative measures can last forever. If your metal fitting is showing signs of wear, it’s time to have your shower refitted with a new door.
- Leaks and puddles on the floor after a shower. If you’re seeing this, it’s a sign that your seals and gaskets aren’t working as well as they were intended to. Standing water is not only a slipping hazard, but it can also damage your floors over time.