When I noticed a few chips in the windows of my home, I didn't worry too much about how it would affect anything. Instead, I mainly focused on how it made my home look, and I secretly cursed the unsightly damage. However, those small chips began to grow until there were large cracks. After having that experience, I decided to dedicate myself to spreading the word about the problems associated damaged glass. Read this blog to find out how damaged glass could affect you and your family members.
There may come a time when you realize that your shower door needs replacement, perhaps due to corroding metal, mildew, a rusted frame, or an excessive amount of caulk. Thankfully, you can save some money by removing the old shower door on your own to prepare the area for the installation of a brand new glass enclosure. Here is how you can do it.
It's easy to remove an old glass door from the existing frame. Each model is different, but you can typically apply upward pressure to the door to lift it out of the frame's bottom track. Take the doors out of the room and place them somewhere safe where they will not break. Removing the doors will also give you better access to the frame for the following steps.
It's common for the top rail of a shower door to not be secured in place, so you can easily lift it off the frame to remove it.
Next, you'll need to get rid of the caulk that surrounds the rest of the frame that is secured to the wall. Start by applying a caulk softener to the hardened caulk, which will make the whole process easier. Use a razor blade to slide through all the caulk, and hopefully, a majority of it should just fall off. It helps to use pliers to pull back on thick pieces that are still stuck to the wall. There are also specialty tools you can buy that are designed to scrape caulk out of corners.
Keep in mind that a shower door may not be screwed into the wall depending on how it was installed. The caulk may be all that is holding it in place, especially the bottom rail if it is along the lip of a bathtub.
Gunk Clean Up
With the frame removed, you can see all of the gunk that has been hiding underneath the frame for quite some time. To clean off the mildew, use a homemade cleaning solution of 1/3 cup of bleach in a gallon of water, and scrub the surface with it. When using bleach, make sure that you do not use any ammoniated cleaners as well, since the combination can create dangerous fumes.
With the gunk removed, your bathroom is ready for the new glass shower door enclosure.
For more information about shower door installation or replacement, contact companies like Aladdin's Glass & Screen Products Inc.