Installing a new shower screen can be a trying process on anyone. And yet, given the importance of a shower screen to a proper shower, this process can be essential to get right. Keeping water from spilling out of the shower is vitally important to preventing accidents due to slipping, warding off the growth of molds and fungi and preventing leaks to rooms beneath your bathroom. How to do this is a matter of preference. Many home owners with bath tub showers prefer to install shower curtains around their tub and accept a little bit of water falling out of the shower, banking on the wall of of the tub to do the rest.
However, for home owners with only a shower, installing a shower screen is the only way to go. The first step is to measure the shower. You’ll want a very clear picture of the shower’s dimensions because that’s where you’ll be installing the screen. Using a good solid tape measure, measure the area around the shower both vertically and horizontally. Additionally, measuring the depth of the area around the shower will also likely be important as some shower screen kits are thicker than others. Measuring twice for certainty and recording those measurements will be important for getting the right shower screen kit from a store. The metal tracks keeping the door in place will likely be slightly longer than you need. This is intentional on the part of the manufacturers, but will require you cut the tracks a bit.
The kit should include a number of things. There’s the door itself, the tracks it will be held down with, the rollers that keep it moving and the screws that will keep the entire thing mounted to the wall. Other tools will certainly be necessary. First, hold the pieces up to the shower before putting them in to test them out. If they’re too long, you’ll need to trim them with a hacksaw. You’ll also need a caulking gun and silicone based caulk to seal up the shower. A power drill with a few special bits (7/32, 3/16 and a 3/16 masonry bit if you’re drilling into tile) will also be useful. Tile screws and plastic wall anchors will also be useful, as well a hammer. Masking tape and a marker will help you mark where things need to go. Finally, a level will be essential for ensuring thing’s squared away.
Measuring and marking where the track will go is the first step. The level will be important for ensuring that your mark is straight and stable. After that, you need to install the track, holding it together with solid screws; first, start by laying down a thin trail of silicone caulk around it to prevent water from slipping through it. Setting up the threshold comes next. Installing the threshold carefully, followed by drilling the holes you need and installing the screws in those holes is how you do. When that’s done, hammering in the wall anchors into holes is the next step.
Setting up the column in the wall comes after that, again laying down more silicone caulk to keep out water leakage. Usually installing the cross-member is an easy task that you simply press on. The next phase is to put the doors on to the track itself. This can be tricky and one should be careful to ensure that the doors roll forward and backward as intended. The process will be somewhat different for installing swinging shower doors, of course, but the same basic process, set up and equipment will remain largely the same for both.