Shower door bottom seals are available in different shapes and sizes and made from plastic. Let us look at types of shower seals and how to install them to ensure that your bathroom floor stays dry.
WHY IS A BOTTOM SHOWER DOOR SEAL NECESSARY?
- Shower door seals made from PVC, a hard plastic material that makes them 100% watertight. The hard plastic material is easy to clean, mold and fungi resistant, and does not react with moisture. PVC is also strong and durable.
- Bottom shower door seals ensure proper shower enclosure, preventing permanent damage to the shower from mildew.
STRAIGHT PLASTIC SHOWER DOOR SEALS
These are straight plastic seals that prevent water leakage for hinged doors, especially in rectangular or square cabins. They are rigid and cannot bend into any other shape. They also ease the opening and closing of the shower door.
ROUNDED SHOWER DOOR SEALS
Rounded shower door seals are available in different lengths, radius, and thicknesses. They can be semi-circular or curve to fit the shape of the shower enclosure. You can contour them to the desired angle.
MAGNETIC SHOWER DOOR SEALS
Magnetic shower door seals have magnets that bring them together. They allow cabin doors to close properly. You can install magnetic shower seals at a 90° or 180° angle.
You should regularly inspect shower door seals for damage and replace them with new ones if needed. Replacing shower seal strips is easy, and the first step is to measure your shower enclosure to get the correct sized seal.
HOW TO DETERMINE THE RIGHT SIZE OF SHOWER DOOR SEAL
You should measure the gap between the shower rim and the edge of the shower glass to determine the size of the seal you need.
It would be best if you also determined the length and thickness of the glass. If you have a round shower enclosure, you need to measure its radius to get the required size.
You can also measure the old seal to find out the length of the seal you need. Keep in mind your shower enclosure’s shape to ensure proper installation where the seal fits the door.
It would be best if you also inspected how the seal is attached; you can slide it below the door into channels or between the door and the drip rail base.
HOW TO REMOVE AND REPLACE SHOWER DOOR SEALS
- Take off the old seal
If the seal is in the channel, pull out the strip from the rail, but if it is between the door and the drop rail base, you will need first to remove the drop rail. You can remove the drop rail by taking out the screws securing the drip rail.
Clean the rail or the drip rail with a clean cloth and ammonia solution after removing the old seal.
- Cut the new strip to the required size
Using a pair of sharp scissors or a knife, cut the new strip seal to fit the door’s bottom. Trimming the seal is only necessary if you did not order a custom-cut door strip.
- Clean the shower track or drip rail
Prepare the shower track or drip rail to install the new seal by cleaning them using a clean damp cloth. Scrub off any residue or mildew on the glass as well.
- Install the new shower seal
Attach the new strip by pressing it down on the shower track or rail from one end of the door to another. Ensure that the seal is tight and sits correctly
Using the scissors or a craft knife, cut away any overlapping seal. Clean the shower enclosure once finished.
Shower door seals are essential in ensuring that shower doors work properly and water does not leak out of the shower enclosure. They also prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
You should inspect the shower door seals regularly and replace them if worn out or not working correctly. Replacing shower door seals is simple, and our guide will help you install seals correctly.
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