Do Frameless Shower Doors Leak?

Do Frameless Shower Doors Leak?

March 17, 2021

Frameless shower doors are increasingly popular in Alaska bathroom designs. They have many practical benefits when it comes to cleaning. Frameless shower doors are free of the bottom metal track that can develop soap and hard water buildup and be extremely difficult to clean. They can also look sleek and modern in new bathroom designs, highlighting beautiful showers and tile that would be hidden behind a shower curtain. They can also visually expand the size of your bathroom, offering a more open look.

Despite their many positive attributes, though, some people still choose not to go with frameless shower doors because they fear that all frameless shower doors leak. Here are some things to think about if you are interested in a frameless shower door but don’t want to deal with any leaks in your bathroom.

Can frameless shower doors leak?

The short answer to this question is no—frameless shower doors are made with small gaps along the sides and around the hinges, but when properly installed by professionals, these gaps should never cause water to leak into the rest of your bathroom. If you are particularly concerned about the gaps in your frameless shower door, you can also have vinyl molding installed around the edges of the door. While this won’t create a watertight seal, it will reduce the size of the gaps enough that even unpredictably spraying water shouldn’t escape into your bathroom.

If the water in your shower seems to be escaping, you can consider replacing any of the molding around your frameless shower door to prevent even very minor leaks.

How to prevent water escaping your frameless shower door

The only time a gap around your frameless shower door would cause a leak in your bathroom is if you have pointed your showerhead directly at the gaps along the edges of your glass shower door. While vinyl molding should keep any stray sprays of water from escaping your shower, even this won’t hold up to a direct stream of high-pressure water from your showerhead. There is an easy solution to this potential issue, however: don’t direct your showerhead right at the gaps in your shower door. You should always keep your showerhead pointed at the center of the floor of your shower.

Other shower leak culprits

If you have been careful not to let your showerhead point towards the gaps around your frameless shower door, but still have trouble with your shower leaking, there may be other issues going on. Some of these might be much more difficult to address, since they occur at installation. The tile in your bathroom should slope inwards, or towards the drain. If you have tile that slopes out, it might be causing water to leak out of your shower into the rest of your bathroom.

Trust the professionals

If you’re interested in getting frameless shower doors for your bathroom, contact the experts at Replacement Glass in Anchorage, AK. We will be sure to install your shower doors with no leaks or defects. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more!

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