How to Install Sliding Glass Shower Doors

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How to Install Sliding Glass Shower Doors
Sliding glass doors enclose your shower. (shower image by Dragan Trifunovic from

Sliding glass shower doors offer a convenient and stylish way to finish a tub or standing shower. The doors slide open on a track just like closet doors. This requires the installation of the track and then the doors themselves. Most come with the track and hardware to install them.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Sliding shower door track
  • Grease pen
  • Hacksaw
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Door hardware

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the tub surround where the doors will be installed. Mark this width on the door track with a grease pen. Cut the track to this width using a hacksaw.

  2. 2

    Install the track and hold it in place with masking tape. Fit the door jamb over the track (the door jamb is a separate, wider piece). Once it is securely in place, insert a grease pencil through them to make a mark on the tub surround.

  3. 3

    Drill out the mounting holes after you remove the door jamb and track with a power drill and 3/16-inch bit. Use a masonry bit for tile and a metal bit for plastic or fibreglass tubs. Insert your plastic anchors into the hole and tap them in place with a hammer. These should be provided with the hardware.

  4. 4

    Lay a bead of caulking along the installation area. Install the door track and jambs, and mount them with the hardware. Use all of the provided hardware, including bumpers and washers.

  5. 5

    Measure and cut the door jamb and track for the top of the shower using the same methods used for the bottom installation.

  6. 6

    Assemble the glass doors by mounting the handles or towel bars into place. Mount the door trim using the screws provided with your doors. Set the inner door into the track first by lifting it up and setting it inside the track on its rollers. The towel bar will face into the shower.

  7. 7

    Install the outside door by lifting it up onto the track. The door handle faces outside of the shower.

  8. 8

    Install the track guides into the track as instructed in your documentation. Usually these install with a small metal screw or clip into the base of the track.

  9. 9

    Run another bead of caulking along the jambs to complete the installation.

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