Should You Repair or Replace a Shower Door?

Glass shower doors are a popular option for many homeowners due to their aesthetic appeal. They can make a small bathroom feel more open and bright and be customized to match the style of the home. In addition, a glass shower enclosure is relatively easy to keep clean and requires minimal maintenance. Whether you are deciding between the choice to repair or replace a shower door, this blog will help you see that there could be a fix for every problem.

However, glass shower doors are not indestructible. Over time, the hinges can become loose, and the sealant or sweeps around the edges can deteriorate, allowing water to leak out. Water stains can be an issue in areas that have high mineral water. Glass doors are also susceptible to breakage if mishandled. With proper care, glass shower doors can last for many years and provide homeowners with a beautiful and functional addition to their bathroom.


modern sliding glass door

Modern sliding glass shower door.

Sliding Shower Door Repair

Sliding doors are a type of door that opens by sliding horizontally on a track. They are commonly used as bath shower doors and can be made from various materials, including frameless tempered glass or glass framed by aluminum.  Sliding doors are popular because they are relatively easy to install and operate. However, they do require some maintenance over time. 

Overall, a sliding door offers convenience and style but requires some upkeep to keep them operating smoothly. The tracks can become clogged with dirt, hair, scum, etc., which can cause the doors to stick or bind. In addition, the wheels or rollers on the bottom of the door may need to be replaced periodically. Here are some common sliding shower doors repairs:


Sticky Shower Doors

There are several reasons why doors stick, but the most common cause is the buildup of soap scum and other materials on the door. This can create a barrier that prevents the door from closing properly, or it can make the door difficult to open in the first place. In either case, the solution is to:

  • Clean the door regularly with synthetic or homemade glass cleaners and wipe the scum away. 
  • If the problem persists, you may need a stronger cleaner or sandpaper to remove the door’s buildup.
  • If the issue lies with the screws on hinges being loose, tighten them as needed.


Bent Shower Tracks

The track is the metal strip that the shower door slides along, and it is typically mounted to the wall with brackets. Over time, the weight of the shower door can cause the track to bend or warp. This can cause the door to become stuck or to fall off entirely. 

Sometimes, the damage may be severe enough that the entire track needs to be replaced. But in most cases, you can easily straighten the track by gently tapping it back into place using a hammer and a piece of wood. 

Once you’re done, inspect the track for any damage that may have occurred during the bending process. If necessary, replace any damaged parts before reinstalling the shower door.


Broken Rollers

Sliding shower doors can sometimes develop problems with their rollers and come off the track or become difficult to open and close. Usually, this happens due to misalignment, poor installation, or dirt and debris buildup on the rollers or tracks. If your rollers are off the track, there are a few things you can do to fix the issue. First, push the roller back into the track gently. If that doesn’t work, remove the door from the track and realign it. To do this:

  • Remove any screws or bolts that are holding the door in place.
  • Next, lift the door out of the track and reposition it, so the roller is aligned correctly.
  • Replace any screws or bolts you removed and test the door to ensure it opens and closes smoothly.

If your shower door is still not working properly, you may need to replace the rollers. To do this:

  • Remove the old rollers from the door by unscrewing them or popping them out of their sockets.
  • Insert the new rollers into the door and screw them in place or snap them into their sockets.
  • Test the door to make sure it opens and closes smoothly.



Beautiful swinging glass shower door

Beautiful swinging glass shower door.


Swinging Shower Door Repair

Swinging doors are a type of door that is hung on hinges and swings open. They are commonly used in showers and can be made from various materials, including wood, metal, and glass. While they are durable, swinging doors do require regular maintenance and repairs. The most common problems with swinging doors are that the hinges become loose or the door becomes warped. Warped doors can cause the door to rub against the frame, making it difficult to open and close. 

If not repaired, swinging doors can eventually become a safety hazard. As such, it is important to have them checked by a professional regularly. Here are some common repair issues with both framed and frameless swinging shower doors:


Cracked or Broken Glass

This can be caused by anything from over-tightening the door hinges to impact damage. In most cases, the damage is cosmetic and can be easily fixed with a replacement glass panel. However, if the damage is more severe, it may require the entire door to be replaced.


Loose Door Hinges

Loose hinges are one of the most common problems with glass shower doors. They happen due to repeated use or improper installation. If the hinges are not properly tightened, the door will sag and eventually come off entirely. Tightening the screws can help to solve this problem. All you have to do is:

  • Hold the door in the position you want it to be.
  • Inspect the screws to see if they are loose. If so, use a drill to remove the old screws and replace them with new ones. If they’re hanging but not old, go ahead and tighten the screws with a screwdriver/drill. Ensure to use screws that are long enough to go all the way through the hinge and into the wall studs.
  • Test the door to make sure that it is secure.


Water Stain Removal 

A shower door that you can’t see through can be a real annoyance. But this often happens because of hard water stains, soap scum, mildew, or other grime accumulating on the glass. Deep cleaning can help fix the problem by removing the buildup and restoring the glass door to its original condition.

To deep clean a shower door:

  • Start by removing any soap scum or mildew with a putty knife.
  • Clean the door with a vinegar solution or all-purpose cleaner, using a sponge or soft cloth.
  • Once the door is clean, dry it thoroughly with a soft towel.
  • Finally, apply a silicone-based lubricant to the door frame to help prevent future sticking.


Clean Hardware

Doors, like any other piece of hardware in your home, get dirty and need to be cleaned from time to time. If your shower door is sticking, consider cleaning the hardware.

  • Do so by removing soap scum or mineral deposits from the door.
  • If the problem persists, inspect the hinges and tracks for dirt and debris. Give them a good cleaning with a brush or a cloth soaked in warm soapy water.
  • Once everything is clean and dry, check to see if the door is still sticking.


Adhesive Break Down

Another common problem with shower doors is adhesive breaking down, leaving gaps that allow water to leak out. If your shower door is starting to leak, remove the old adhesive and apply a new bead of sealant. Here are a few tips to help you get the job done right.

  • Use a putty knife or similar tool to scrape away the old sealant. Work slowly and carefully, so you don’t damage the door.
  • Once the old sealant has been removed, wipe down the area with a clean cloth to remove any residual adhesive.
  • Apply a new bead of silicone sealant around the door perimeter. Again, work slowly and carefully to avoid making a mess.
  • Smooth the sealant with your finger or a damp rag and allow it to cure for 24 hours before using the shower.

In most cases, these simple fixes will solve the problem. However, if the door is still not sliding smoothly, it may be time to replace the shower doors.


Frameless glass shower.

Frameless glass shower.

When to Replace Shower Door Glass

Shower doors are a great way to keep your bathroom tidy and add a touch of luxury to your space. But the glass on your shower door can become scratched, stained, or even cracked over time. Luckily, most of these issues require simple solutions to fix. For example, you can buff minor scratches and stains or tighten screws in the case of a sticking door. 

However, more significant damage will require glass replacement . Replacing a shower door can be costly, but it is the best option when you want to:

  • Restore the door to its original condition.
  • Improve the overall look of the shower.
  • Add value to the home if it is ever sold.
  • Avoid repeated repairs which can end up being more expensive than replacement.


Shower glass replacement is also needed for more challenging problems like signs of cracking, chipped glass, or defects not easily solved. In these cases, a new shower door is a better option for safety. If you decide to replace shower doors with a custom shower door or do a bathroom remodeling, the job is best left to the professionals. 

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