By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Replacing a shower curtain with a sliding tub door panel of tempered safety glass or mirror can transform a bathroom. And the door system's sleek tracks and frames, made of polished brass, nickel, silver and white finishes, are easy to coordinate with your bathroom fixtures and accessories. You'll find an unending selection of these door systems designed for do-it-yourself installation sold at home improvement and bath centers. We admit that newbie DIYers may be intimidated when they open the packing carton and find a bag of mysterious hardware and components, but don't let that stop you if you're bent on doing it yourself. Most manufacturers provide detailed instructions.
You can buy a top quality 5-foot-wide bathtub door system for $200 and install it, saving 58 percent. It should take you about four hours from start to finish. Or you can hire a carpenter to do the job for $482, which includes the door and its installation. Another option is to use the installed sales department of the retailer, where you'll see a "let us install it for you" price that includes the door and installation.
To install the door yourself, remove everything from the area surrounding the tub, including the old shower curtain and hardware, and clean and dry all the surfaces. Unpack the unit and its components carefully and use the instructions as a guide to identify the parts and components. Read the instructions and follow the installation steps, which involve measuring the door, cutting the top and horizontal tracks, and then fastening them to the tub and sides of the wall. Mount the door panels in the tracks, and adjust so they slide easily.
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Before you begin, find an area near the bathroom where you can lay out all the pieces. Protect the tub surface with a drop cloth or use a piece of the large cardboard the unit was packed in to lay on the bottom of the tub.
The average price to install a bathtub door noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020