By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A shower door, a more permanent and attractive way to enclose a shower stall than a curtain, is an improvement that won’t go unnoticed in a bathroom. When we made the switch in a small bathroom, it gave the shower an immediate aesthetic upgrade and the door did a better job of containing water spray. In the confined space, the door’s clean lines made the modest room seem larger, too. We chose one with a built-in bar on the outside for hanging towels.
You’ll find a large selection of shower doors at bath and home centers; there’s a choice of finishes and styles to choose from that will fit into most any décor. A shower door is made of several components: a door, bottom track, wall and strike jambs, hinge and jamb, and seals. There are also end caps, anchors and screw covers that can be intimidating when you see them in the bag of hardware that comes with the unit. When assembled you caulk and seal the exterior joints and the shower is ready for use.
To install a shower door a carpenter will charge $331 which includes the labor and a good quality 36-wide hinged shower door. You can buy the unit for $280, install it, and pocket a 16 percent saving. Enter your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live. You’ll need carpentry tools, including a drill, tape measure, screwdriver, miter box, hacksaw, caulk and caulk gun. Before you begin, lay out all the parts so you can identify them and read the instructions thoroughly to learn how they all go together.
To see a wide selection of shower doors and learn how to measure for one go to www.sterlingplumbing.com.
Now you know the average cost to install a shower door, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.