Adjusting shower doors is perhaps one of the easiest things to do at home. However, if you don’t know the steps you need to take to achieve a perfect fit, you could make mistakes and make it a mess.
Before you start, you must have the necessary tools at hand and pay attention to those small details that many people ignore often. If adjusting a shower door seems like a challenge too complicated for you, don’t worry.
In this article you’ll get some basic tips to adjust any type of shower door in no time. You’ll also find useful information about shower doors and their different types.
What is Shower Door?
These are the types of doors that are usually installed in showers to prevent water splashing on the floor. They’re smaller and lighter than regular doors and made of materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, tempered glass, acrylic and vinyl.
There are two main types of shower doors:
- Swinging type.
- Sliding type.
Swinging shower doors use hinges attached to the frame to rotate. They tend to get mismatched frequently, so you must do regular maintenance to avoid wear due to friction.
Sliding shower doors move from side to side through a stainless steel or aluminum rail. They tend to wear at the bottom, due to the friction between the rail and the frame. Also, limescale, mold and soap scum tends to accumulate on the rail, which is disgusting.
The choice of door type depends on the user. Swinging doors are perfect for small areas, where it isn’t possible to install a rail. For example, showers with a floor area of 70X70 cm. Sliding doors need at least 1.4 meter of free length to install the rail, so they aren’t suitable in all cases.
Step by Step Guide to Adjust A Shower Door
Swinging shower doors may get mismatched very easily. So, periodically you must make some adjustments to avoid wear due to friction. However, before starting work, you must identify the type of swinging door you have.
Some swinging doors come with a level adjustment bar at the top, on the side through which the door rotates. Shower doors with level adjustment bar rotate on two pins installed in the frame.
On the other hand, models without level adjustment bars use 2 or 3 hinges to rotate. Both types of doors adjust differently. Below, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to make the adjustment in both cases.
With level adjustment bar
They’re easier to adjust. To do so, you just have to follow these steps:
- Using a folding ladder, locate the level adjustment bar at the top of the door. If there’s accumulation of debris on the adjustment screw, use white vinegar and an old toothbrush to clean.
- Then, using a flat screwdriver, loosen the screw. After that, the door can move freely forward or backward.
- Locate the door in the correct position, in a way that there’s no friction between the metal parts.
- Finally, with the door already adjusted, use the flat screwdriver to tighten the adjustment screw. Turn the door to verify that everything is fine. Make an additional adjustment if necessary.
Without level adjustment bar
The process is a bit more tedious, but not as difficult as it seems. This is what you should do:
- Verify that the hinges are installed correctly on the frame. With use, the screws tend to loosen, tilting the door slightly.
- Once you know which hinge is causing problems, tighten all the screws. Then, turn the door to verify that everything is fine.
If after applying the above steps, the door remains unadjusted, you’ll have to uninstall the door and relocate the hinges slightly higher to avoid friction.
Certainly, you don’t need to hire someone else to adjust your shower doors. The process is very simple and you only need one or two tools in the process. When making adjustments, avoid tightening the screws too much so as not to damage the frame. Also, don’t take awkward positions that can make you lose your balance.
If you follow each of the suggestions in this article, certainly everything’s going to be fine.