Do You Need a Shower Door Replacement or Repair?
If you’re currently in the process of a home remodel, or are thinking of one in the near future, your bathroom is one of the best places to start. Updating an old bathroom instantly adds to the resale value of your home. It’s also one of the less expensive home improvement projects. The key to a successful bathroom remodel, according to the National Association of the Remodelling Industry, is to update worn-out items, modernize fixtures, and create a more functional space. These factors have the most significant impact on resale value. And one of the quick wins is a shower door replacement or a shower door repair.
A new shower door installation will reduce mildew, may improve ease of access if you choose a glass enclosure, and will give the illusion of a much bigger bathroom. A new shower door can also make your home look more modern and elegant, so you can save on needing to install over expensive fixtures. Over time, glass shower doors begin to age and may show signs of wear and tear. If they’re not correctly maintained, they can also easily become damaged.
Here are four ways to know if you should replace or repair your shower door:
1. If the shower glass door has become discolored
Moisture tends to build up in shower enclosures, which leads to mold growth. The mold’s fungal spores mix with mineral deposits from the water and soap scum that, over time, start to discolor the glass door. These stains can sometimes be removed using glass cleaning products, but an older door often won’t come completely clean which is when you’ll need a new glass enclosure. Keep in mind that hard water and film build-up will also impact the look of the door.
2. If there are any cracks in the shower door
Cracked glass shower doors have the potential to shatter and cause injuries, so they should be replaced or repaired as soon as possible, especially if there are long cracks in the glass. Depending on the severity of the cracks, the shower door company may recommend minor repairs or suggest a shower door replacement.
3. If the shower door frame has become corroded
Shower doors are usually made with metal frames that tend to become corroded as the door ages. As rust takes hold, the strength of the frame is compromised, and it becomes less effective at supporting the weight of the glass. If left unchecked, the supporting metal can break which would cause the glass to fall and shatter resulting in injuries.
To check for rust and corrosion, look for patches of red or brown along with the framework of the door, as well as the hinges and the track. If you see any potential issues, chat with a shower door company to get expert advice. They’ll be able to tell you whether the door can be repaired or if you need a replacement shower door.
4. If the shower enclosure is leaking
If you notice leaks and puddles on the floor after a shower, your shower door needs to be checked. The main purpose of a glass shower enclosure is to keep the water in. If your door is no longer able to do this effectively, there is a risk of causing water damage in your home. In many instances, repairs can be done to fix the seal or the frame, but if the shower door is old, it might be better to replace it.
Oak City Glass, a well-established shower door company, serves homes throughout Clayton NC. As a small, family-owned business they have an excellent reputation for offering high-quality products, services, and support. Get in touch for a no-obligation quote today!