Give Your Shower a Luxury Upgrade

Give Your Shower a Luxury Upgrade

Going Frameless: How To Remove Your Old Shower Doors

by Mae Wallace

Have your old shower doors become dingy or cracked? Are you looking for a way to brighten up the appearance of your bathroom without trading in your glass doors for a traditional shower curtain? If so, the installation of a frameless shower enclosure could be the perfect solution for you. However, before you will be able to upgrade your shower glass, you will first need to effectively remove your old or damaged shower doors, along with the frame that holds them in place. The good news is, by following the simple steps below, you will be able to complete this task on your own rather than hiring a contractor to do the job for you.

What You Will Need

  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic scraper
  • Silicone caulk
  • Caulk Remover
  • Caulk Gun

Step 1: Remove Doors

Glass shower doors can be incredibly heavy. Consequently, this step is best completed by two people unless you have an unusual amount of upper body strength.

In order to remove your shower doors from the track, simply lift the door upwards and then outward. Once the door is free from the upper track, you will be able to simply lift it out of the lower track. The weight of your doors will quickly become apparent as soon as they are free from the upper track, so be sure you are ready to receive this weight.

Step 2: Remove Frame

Begin by removing any screws from the side rails that are holding your door frame in place. In some cases, there may also be screws located in the bottom rail; however, these screws are rarely used since they can damage the tub.

Once you have freed the frame of any screws, use your utility knife to gently cut away any caulk that is between the side rails and your tiling. This should be done using vertical cuts in order to avoid damaging your tiles in the process.

Finally, begin wiggling the side rails back and forth until they break free from the wall. Once the side rails have been removed, the bottom rail will simply need to be lifted out.

Step 3: Remove Old Caulk And Fill Holes

Using a plastic scraper, begin removing as much of the old caulk as you can on both your tub surface and tiling. If you run into a few stubborn spots, just be careful not to scrape so hard you damage the surface.

After removing as much caulk as you can manually, apply a generous amount of caulk remover to the remaining caulk and allow it to sit for several minutes before scraping it away.

With all the caulk removed, all that is left to do is fill in the screw holes in your tile with a small amount of silicone caulk. Now your shower is ready to receive its new frameless enclosure. For assistance, talk to a professional like Griggs & Son Glass & Mirror.


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Give Your Shower a Luxury Upgrade

I don’t know about you, but I work hard, and at the end of the day, I really want to come home to a relaxing hot shower. That’s hard to do, though, when your shower enclosure is too small, or when your water pressure is terrible. I decided that what I needed to do was give my shower space an upgrade. I had a larger shower enclosure installed, along with some massage jets and a shower seat. I started this blog about shower options to help you learn how to upgrade and improve your own shower experience. It’s more affordable than you think, and you can even do some of the work yourself. Check out the tips and advice on this blog to get the shower that you deserve.