Shower doors installation is something you can hire a contractor to do for you, or it is something the homeowner can do for themselves. Sometimes we have showers that are being protected by the use of curtains and then when we get a little jingle in our jeans we like to add glass doors and stop using those curtains. Do it yourself like the challenge of renovating and beautifying their homes at lower costs than it would be if they hired professional contractors to do the work.
You will need to measure the opening that you are going to place the doors over in order for you to buy the right doors for the job. The first thing to know about shower doors installation is that not all doors fit all openings. You have to have the right size, and you have to have a door kit that will attach to the materials you have to attach to. Step one is to know the size of the opening.
Step two is to see what you have to attach to. Some people are placing these items over tub openings and they will need installation materials that include tracks that are anchored to the tub, and then to the ceiling. These tracks hold the doors in place and allow them to slide open and closed. They can be installed on existing tubs.
Shower doors installation may be done on free standing shower enclosures that are made of fiberglass. You need to look at the walls in the room and see if you are going to attach the framework to sheetrock, paneling, or some other material. Knowing the material you will be working with will help you to buy all of the components you need and keep you from making several trips to the hardware supply store.
You are going to need a good screwdriver with a Phillips head and one with a flat head. A battery powered screwdriver or drill with changeable tips will make the job easier to complete. You are also going to need the drill if you are going to install tracks in a pre-existing tub. You will need a waterproof caulk to seal around the framework and make the doors completely water tight. Make sure the caulk you choose to use is proper for indoor use, and that it can be painted or stained to make it look nicer when the installation is complete.
You are more than likely going to need a friend to come and help you hold the door panels in place during installation. This will prevent you from dropping or damaging the items while you are installing them. Your friend can also hand you tools when you need them and help you refer to the installation guide that will come with the door unit that you buy.
The installation guide provided by the manufacturer is the most important tool you will have for this job. Read it thoroughly before you begin to work.