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When Should You Replace Your Shower Door?

By May 20, 2019 No Comments

Like any other part of your home, your shower door requires regular maintenance, and eventually replacement. If you wait too long, it could create an unsafe and unsightly environment, instead of a peaceful and relaxing one. Knowing what to look for can help you determine when it is time for a replacement. Here are three things to looks for:

Water Leaks

If you notice excess water on your bathroom floor after showering, it could be a red flag that it’s time for a new shower door. Pools of water are more than frustrating, they mean water damage to your floor and potential slips if not cleaned up.

Excess water is usually caused by a poorly fitted shower door.  A bad fit could be from long-term repeated use or an indication that it was never the correct size to begin with. Check all sides of the door to ensure that it sits flush in its opening, if it is too large or too small it won’t seal properly.

Discoloration and Stains

A shower door requires periodic cleaning, but over time there are certain visible marks that cannot be wiped away.  These stains come from a variety of different sources.

With the presence of constant moisture, mold can grow in your shower, and hard water with heavy minerals can lead to permanent marks. It might look dirty or have a film on the inside, no matter how many times you scrub it. You may get used to the stains, but the only way to get a sparkling bathroom once again will be to replace your shower door.

Damage

The bathroom is one of the most trafficked areas of a home. The wear and tear this creates on a shower door can result in dangerous physical damage, like rusting or chipped glass.

The glass of your shower door can chip and crack with use, resulting in a panel that is loose or shaky within its frame. Even the smallest nick can make it unstable. An unsteady glass panel can easily crack further or fall out of the frame and shatter.

Corrosion can cause the shower doors metal fixture to rust, leaving brownish-red streaks on the hinges and tracks. Rust can weaken the metal components causing the doors to snap or break easily. If the door is shut too hard or leaned on with excessive pressure, the door may not be able to stay intact.

If you begin to notice any of these signs in your home’s showers, it’s time to give the experts a call. Whatever your custom glass shower door needs, Atkinson’s can handle it: framed or frameless, sliding or swing, tub-tops, cast glass, specialty patterns, and more! Call us to schedule an estimate today. Our experienced installers will make sure your new custom glass shower doors are as functional as they are beautiful!