Four Common Problems With Shower Door Installations

Doors for your shower are not just good for privacy, they are great for adding some style and character to your bathroom. Installation of a glass shower enclosure can be simple enough for you to handle on your own. However, if the design isn't exactly simple, you may need some professional assistance.

If you're going ahead to install a shower door on your own, there are several pitfalls you should be aware of so you can avoid them.

Not Enough Space to Swing

Doors that swing open need space to swing. Otherwise, you'll find the door smashing into objects or other fixtures in the bathroom.

The best way to avoid problems with your swinging doors is by taking careful measurements. Measure the distance from the hinges where the door will be attached to the nearest obstructions. Next, measure the width of the door. If the width of the door is smaller than the distance to the nearest obstruction, you're safe.

Sliding Doors Not Sliding

Sliding doors are designed to move along certain tracks. These doors are great when you have limited space in your bathroom. However, a common issue raised after the installation of these doors is that they may not be sliding properly or at all.

Check the tracks along which the roller run. Ensure there is no obstruction on the truck. An obstructed truck may need to be replaced if the obstruction can't be cleared. The obstruction may also be underneath the door so you may need to remove the door. Ensure that the rollers are also moving freely on their own and are not damaged.


Shower doors are not just good for privacy; they also ensure that the rest of your bathroom remains dry while you take a shower. Leakage is a common issue after installation and the normal cause is the caulking around the door not being firmly in place or being damaged.

The solution to this is to redo the caulking. This means removing the old caulking and applying fresh caulking.

Ignoring the Effect of Tiles

If you took your measurements before you lay down some tiles or marble, this could lead to erroneous measurements. Measurements for doors need to be very accurate. A small change in the height of the floor may mean that the door isn't able to align perfectly with the hinges or something else. This could mean going to look for a new door or having to make adjustments.