Your bathroom can be more than just a place to clean up depending on how it is being designed. Glass showers and doors instantly gives your bathroom a facelift and spa-room ambience. However, every element has its life-span and irrespective of the quality and durability of the materials you have invested in, they will eventually wear off and show signs of damage. This is very true for glass shower doors which undergo major use.
We have some tips which will help you to recognize the damage and determine if the door needs to be replaced soon. Also, we are going to share some maintenance tips which can help to prolong its life-span.
• Cracks and Chips
Shower glass doors are made from highly durable tempered glass which is long-lasting. Depending on the grade or thickness of the shower glass and how well it is being maintained, the glass door will last accordingly. However, it is susceptible to cracking and chipping just like conventional glass. Minor cracks are a warning of the potential accidents that will eventually happen. Usually, when there are minor cracks, glass technicians can cover them up by filling them but do note that it does not eliminate the chances of shattering and risks of injury. If you notice the cracks and chips to be expanding fast, it is wise to replace it.
This is a major sign that the door is damaged and you should consider replacement as a priority. Leaking refers to water leaking out while showering from around the edge. This indicates the edges of the glass door is wearing down. If you have a framed shower door, leakage can occur around the hinges if they are weakened and the shower door is hanging unevenly from them. Replacing the door will prevent this and eventual water damage to your bathroom flooring and accidents from slipping.
You will notice that during the initial days of installation, the glass door is crystal clear and you see its true colour, that is when you choose a tinted glass. However, over the years, the glass becomes discoloured and blurred which is permanent and cannot be entirely removed even with a thorough cleaning. This can happen for several reasons and after some time, replacing the glass will be the best decision to keep the aesthetics intact. Some reasons behind the discolouration are:
- Moisture build-up over the years
- Stains from hard water and soap splashes that are not regularly cleaned
- Not cleaning it as frequently as required
- Mould and mildew growth that has not been treated
- Scratch marks and bruises
There will be a permanent cloudy and grungy look which cannot be cleaned with the regular cleaning and maintenance methods. When the damage and discolouration are so severe that light does not show through adequately, you must seriously consider replacing it.
• Rust and Corrosion
Rusting and corrosion of the glass door framing can eventually damage the door and hence should be taken note of. Make sure you are alert about minimum rusting along the tracks, hinges and door frame. These can lead to scratch marks on the door. Further, they can become too fragile to hold up the door which can break apart and shatter. The moment you discover the patches of rusting, consult a glass technician and have the hardware replaced. This can help to increase the longevity of your shower door too.
If you discover the damage early, it will be easier to repair the door and keep it going for a few more years or else replacement is the only alternative you will be left with.
Proper maintenance can somewhat prevent major damages and in turn, prolong the lifetime of the doors and enclosure. Here are some maintenance tips that you will find helpful, provided you make the most of them on a regular basis.
• Hard Water Stain Prevention
Hard water damage is the easiest to prevent and yet the most neglected factor among many homeowners. After every shower, use a squeegee or a microfibre towel to clean up the water droplets before they stain the glass. Ensure there are no wipe marks as that will leave a stain instead.
• Caulk Replacement
Caulking is the method of sealing the seams of the shower enclosure in your shower tile. It is white and if you touch it, it will squish a bit. When it starts drying up and peeling, a small amount of water gets logged behind it and leads to moulding. When you witness this issue, simply get the caulking replaced before the damage gets beyond repair.
• Liquid Toiletries
Invest in liquid toiletries which are gel-based and do not create foam as much as a bar soap. This may seem like an unnecessary upgrade but can be helpful in the long run. The dripping foam lather from bar soaps can leave stubborn marks on the glass which are difficult to remove.
Glass shower doors and enclosures are easy to maintain if you are diligent about your basic cleaning routine. But they will eventually need to be replaced. It is essential that you recognize the damage before any accidents happen and take the necessary steps. The above mentioned are obvious and easy to recognize signs that should be taken seriously.