Owning a home is part of the American dream. It is the culmination of working hard and being able to provide your family with a roof over their heads and a safe place to thrive. However, owning a home is so much more than just possessing a building. Being able to customize a home, including the shower doors, allows you and your family to express your individuality and style, making it as unique as you are.
Most homes have a lot of different rooms that can be customized and decorated to taste. If everyone in the family has a different style, that can be expressed in their bedrooms or other areas. These are the areas commonly considering when designing a home. Yet, even the bathroom is a room that can express your unique style. From deciding on colors, to the sink vanity, to the shower design, the bathroom can be as stylish as you are.
Decorating and designing a home does not have to break the bank. If you do some work yourself, you can save money and be able to take pride in knowing you customized your home on your own. While some tasks might seem daunting, with a little instruction, you can find the confidence to accomplish any job - including installing your own shower doors.
What Is the Difference Between Shower Doors and Curtains?
Deciding whether to have a shower curtain or doors in your bathroom will depend on a variety of factors including your tastes, budget, and long-term goals for the bathroom. Both curtains and doors have benefits associated with them, so you must determine which one will work best for you.
There are many style options with shower curtains and, if you do not find something you like in a store, you have the option of creating your own. Finding patterns or color schemes is a great way to show off your style and highlight your bathroom. You can find curtains that range from silly and fun to serious and sophisticated. You get to choose which one works best for you.
Putting up curtains is often an easy task and only requires a few pieces of hardware: a curtain rod and hooks or hangers to hang the curtain from the rod. This task can often be accomplished in a fairly short amount of time.
Hanging curtains allows you to hide anything behind it. So, if your bathtub or shower is not the cleanest or if there are tons of kids’ toys, you can close the curtain so guests will not see them when they walk into the bathroom. Conversely, if you want to show off your spotless or well-organized bathtub, you can always leave your curtains open.
There are a few downsides to having curtains, including needing to maintain them so that mold and mildew do not grow out of hand. This can be tricky since the most common places for mold to grow are around the rings at the top and the corners of the curtain on the bottom. The most common type of shower curtain is plastic and, depending on how it was manufactured, the plastic can also be harmful to your health. To ensure everyone stays healthy when installing plastic curtains, you must scrutinize the label and do some research to make sure they are safe.
Fabric curtains could be an alternative to plastic ones, but if used improperly, they will not keep the water in the tub. There is a chance it could get all over the floor and cause other issues, such as ruining the floor or causing mold or mildew growth in other parts of the bathroom. In time, curtains will also have to be replaced, which could add to the cost.
Installing shower doors can be more expensive than putting in shower curtains, but there is less maintenance required. You may not get the same options when it comes to colors or patterns, but you will get choices on different glass types and whether the shower door has a frame or is frameless.
Unlike shower curtains, doors cannot be hung in a short amount of time and they require a bit more hardware than just a rod and some hooks. It is not impossible to hang a glass door in a day, but keep in mind it will require more than a few minutes to accomplish the task.
Doors do not have to be replaced as often as shower curtains do, so the upfront cost balances out future costs when replacing curtains. They also work better when keeping water in the tub instead of on the bathroom floor and mold and mildew growth is reduced with glass doors.
Cleaning the doors often requires the use of a squeegee and soap and water. This is much easier than cleaning a shower curtain, which may require being taken down and thrown into the washing machine—assuming the curtain can be cleaned at all (some are just thrown away and replaced).
When installing the doors, depending on the type of glass you choose, you may not be able to hide what is behind it. However, glass doors allow you to beautify the tub and shower beyond and they open up the bathroom and make it look larger. In addition, there are fewer health hazards associated with glass doors than plastic curtains.
Is There a Need to Have a Professional Install a Shower Door?
Installing a shower door does not require the assistance of a professional—although you are more than welcome to call one if you so desire. However, designing and installing glass doors in your bathroom will give you a sense of pride that you were able to accomplish the work yourself and make you feel good about your abilities.
Installing your own shower doors can help you reduce costs and get you exactly what you want for your bathroom. Most professionals are willing to work with you and your style designs, but you will pay the price for the special customization. It is also hard to say how long it will take for a professional to fit you in their schedule. Doing the job yourself allows you to get it done on your timeframe and within budget.
How to Make a Shower Door Yourself
Having the right equipment to install the doors is important. You will need a variety of different tools, including a tape measure, drills, saws, and a level. Even if you do not have all of these tools in your box, you can purchase them, borrow them, or even rent them. Your budget and how often the tools will be used will determine the best way to acquire what you need for the job.
Decide on Design
When installing the doors yourself, you need to decide on the design first. There are a variety of different options to choose from, including whether you want sliding doors or a door that swings open. Keep in mind the door you choose will have to work for the size of the bathroom, the size and shape of the tub and shower, and your budget. Deciding to have a frame or go frameless will determine the weight of the glass needed for the doors. If your tub or walls cannot handle heavy glass, you will have big problems on your hands with broken tubs or torn out walls.
There are various types of glass to choose from. However, tempered glass or safety glass is most commonly used for shower doors. You can choose from clear, to frosted, to covered with a design for your bathroom—whatever fits your style the best. Determining what kind of glass will depend on the weight the tub and walls can hold as well as what your budget can handle.
After you have decided what style will work best, you need to take measurements. If there are several panels that need to be installed, they will have to be cut accurately to fit in the required space. For framed doors, you will need to ensure that the tracks and frames fit correctly so that water does not leak out of the tub or shower into the bathroom.
Install the Hardware
It does not matter if you decide on a frameless door or have one with a frame, you still need to install the hardware that will anchor it to the walls and tub. This will require base tracks, hinges (if the door swings open) or sliders (if the door slides open), and side jambs. This will require drilling, screwing, and perhaps installing anchors. Getting these installed correctly is imperative in ensuring that the door will not fall out or leak.
Installation can take as little as a few hours to days depending on how intricate the install is and your skill level. Take the time to make sure it is done right so you can have years to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Customizing your bathroom allows you to add your unique style to the home. The bathroom is one of the most used places in the house, so be sure you are happy with how it looks and functions. Installing the doors on your own is a great way to ensure the house reflects your tastes and gives you pride in ownership in knowing you did the work on your own.
If the job is done right, your bathroom can look bigger and brighter and the doors will last for years. Maintenance could be minimal, which is beneficial since most people have better things to do than spend tons of time cleaning their house. They will also add to the aesthetic value of your home and perhaps even the resale value. Regardless of your future plans, we hope this article has helped you learn all you need to know to install your own shower doors and have the home bathroom you have been dreaming of!