Over time, you may begin to notice your shower doors begin to look dingy and not function as well as they once did. When the doors begin to show their age, it is time for a replacement. The following are some of the telltale signs you need a new shower door:
Chips or Cracks
Shower doors are made of glass. As time goes on, the glass will begin to break or chip. When the damage becomes too severe, the door could shatter at some point. While a glass technician can sometimes repair small chips in the glass, you will eventually need to have your door replaced. If you have noticeable long cracks in the door, you need to have it replaced right away to avoid any major damage.
Another sign you need a new shower door is when the color on the glass begins to change. When you first get a shower door, it more than likely more clear than it is now. Take a hard look at your glass to see if it seems discolored. The bathroom moisture causes mold and mildew growth combined with soap scum and just the daily mineral deposits to mar the glass. Hard water stains also impact the color of the glass.
Although you can try to clean the glass, you will eventually notice the discoloration will not go away. This is because the buildup gets too thick and hard to come off. It is best to just have new glass installed.
While glass is the primary component of a shower door, you also need to pay close attention to the metal frame, the track, and the hinges. Because they are regularly exposed to water, you have to check for rust. As rust builds and expands, the metal can easily corrode and become weak. If this happens, the frame will not support the glass, which can then fall and shatter.
Check the metal parts of the door for anything brown or red in color. Also, look for anything that seems to be flaking. If you see any rust, be sure to have your shower installation tech check it for you.
A glass shower is a major investment for any home, so you need to take care of it as best you can. Also, you should be able to recognize when a replacement is necessary. If you have any concerns, be sure to have your glass shower checked by a professional.
Contact a company like Showerman in your area for more information.Share