When to Replace Shower Glass

Several factors can weaken a shower door over time, warranting a replacement. For instance, frequent moisture and heat exposure in your bathroom can wear out the seals between the glass and framing. This can loosen the glass from its fitting or cause your shower to leak. Additionally, harsh chemicals can gradually weaken the seals.

How do you know when to replace shower glass? Let’s look at some signs that your shower could benefit from a fresh door.

When to Replace Shower Glass

How Do I Know When to Replace My Shower Doors?

From rusty framing to cracked glass, there are a few indicators your shower door is due for an upgrade. Here are seven signs it’s time to replace your trusty glass shower doors.

1. Shower Glass Cracks

Cracks or chips in your shower glass are one of the clearest signs to replace your door. These physical defects pose a serious safety hazard. Cracked glass can shatter and fall out unexpectedly, resulting in widespread shards that put you or anyone else in the bathroom at severe injury risk.

Besides protecting your floor from damage and giving your shower door a fresher look, replacing cracked glass is necessary to keep you, your family and your guests safe.

2. Rusty Shower Glass Frame

Even with preventive measures like quality painting, treatment and finishing, metal shower door framing isn’t immune to rust. A rusty frame gives the appearance of neglect and reduces the door’s smoothness.

Rust can cause a rotten metal look over time, considerably decreasing the door’s aesthetic value. If your metal fitting has developed substantial rust, your door is likely due for a replacement.

3. Glass Door Not Closing

A glass shower door should add beauty and function to your space, which includes seamless opening and closing abilities. That said, replacing your shower doors is ideal if they cause difficulties when you open or shut them. It’s highly inconvenient to struggle with the shower door, especially when in a hurry.

You should replace your glass doors if they stick, make noise when you close them or won’t shut completely. These issues signify worn framing, which makes the door more susceptible to cracks and breaks. A replacement is in order if your glass shower door has lost its smoothness.

4. Leaks and Puddles on the Floor

If you notice constant leaks, pools and puddles on your floor after showering, the door’s gaskets and seals may not be working properly. Water can damage flooring over time and create a slipping hazard, so it’s important to address this issue by replacing your glass shower door.

5. Mold

Keeping those small nooks and crannies in your shower door clean and dry can be challenging. Trapped moisture in your shower door components creates a breeding ground for mold. 

Aspergillus is a common indoor mold that can make its way into showers. It produces strong, musty odors, but it can cause respiratory infections, allergic reactions and asthma attacks with prolonged exposure.

People with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk when breathing in Aspergillus spores, as they can develop a lung or sinus infection that can spread to other body areas. If you spot excessive mold between your glass doors and seals or other hard-to-reach places, you should consider a door replacement.

6. Cloudiness or Discoloration

Cloudy or discolored glass can indicate water damage. A cloudy door can result from hard water buildup, namely calcium deposits. Soap scum can also accumulate as you shower, causing the glass door to appear foggy or cloudy.

While certain cleaning methods can help reduce cloudiness, extreme fog and discoloration may require a more substantial solution. A simple shower door replacement can restore its clarity, beauty and sparkle, enhancing your bathroom’s visual appeal.

7. Outdated Design

While an old shower door doesn’t always indicate a functional defect or safety hazard, it can make your bathroom appear outdated. Updating your shower doors adds value to your bathroom and overall home.

By selecting a custom glass shower door design that complements and enhances your interior features, you can make a world of difference in your space’s look and feel. Whether you’re upgrading your own master bathroom or a guest bathroom, turn to an experienced installation company like Garrety Glass.

What Are the Next Steps for Replacing Shower Doors?

If you’ve determined you need a new shower door after identifying one or more of the above signs, Garrety Glass can help you find the right solution. We’ll work with you to create a comfortable, stylish bathroom for you, your family or your visitors.

Serving Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland, we provide custom glass shower door solutions that blend function and beauty. Based on your needs, budget and aesthetic preferences, our expert shower designers can discuss different options with you and make recommendations.

We have an array of shower door options with unique styles, hardware, glass types and colors and finishes. You can customize your shower door to achieve your desired look, smoothness and function. Once you’ve made your selection, our experts will install your new shower door with high-quality craftsmanship and precision.

From consultation to installation, you’ll receive a personalized experience and durable product when you choose us for custom glass showers. Our selection includes the following.

Framed Showers

Framed glass shower enclosures cost about 10%-15% less than frameless solutions while providing a wide variety of options. You can choose from several door enclosures to complement your bathroom’s look and feel, including:

  • Architectural cast glass
  • Cast glass
  • Heavy glass
  • Sliding door
  • Swing door

Additionally, you can customize your framed shower enclosure with numerous glass types to choose from:

  • Cast glass
  • Chipped edges
  • Clear glass
  • Colored glass
  • Heavy glass
  • Ultra Optique glass

Our team can answer any questions you might have about our framed shower options, helping you find the ideal glass and enclosure combination to suit your space.

Frameless Showers

Many homeowners opt for frameless glass shower doors to minimize issues like mold and rust buildup. Because a frameless door doesn’t have seals around it, there is no place for soap and water to accumulate. Additionally, frameless styles can conform to various angles to fit your shower or tub space.

We have a range of custom frameless door options to add elegance, sleekness and style to your bathroom. Like with our framed enclosures, you can browse different hardware colors, glass types and shower styles to accomplish your dream look and feel.

When to Replace Shower Glass

Choose Garrety Glass for Custom Glass Shower Doors

From our quality products to many years of industry knowledge and expertise, you can trust Garrety Glass to upgrade your space with custom glass shower door installation. If you’re ready to add function and style to your home with a new shower door, get in touch with us today!