Measuring for a shower door can be a little tricky, but with the guides provided below you should be able to get an idea of what information is needed to receive accurate pricing.
Before you take the measurements for a new shower door, A few key pointers to remember:
Metal Finish: Frameless doors generally do not see a price fluctuation with metal finish, with the exception of some of the antique or patina finishes. Framed and Semi Frameless doors will Incur price adjustments for finishes other than chrome.
Glass Type: Frameless doors are standard with 3/8″ glass, over 80″ we recommend use of 1/2″ glass, reason for this is that over 80″ in height, 3/8″ is subjected to bowing and distortion when tempered. This is considered an “acceptable flaw” of tempered glass. It is not our acceptable flaw however, and to ensure our clients the greatest level of satisfaction, over 80″ in height, we will recommend use of 1/2″ glass. Patterned, obscured or low iron glass will incur price adjustment.
Out of square/plumb conditions: may incur additional costs- depending on complexity. Frameless shower doors are measured to the 1/16″ of an inch. Conditions such as bows, crowns or items requiring “double cuts” involve greater fabrication and technical skill.
Afterward, you will need to take your tape measure and calculate the width of the entrance. Measure the space between the walls and the top and bottom of the opening. Takedown the numbers for the space between the top of the tub’s edge or the shower floor up to the ceiling. Also, account for how much space the door will take up if it opens outward if it’s a swing door. Make sure your measurements are within 1/16 of an inch for accuracy.
A shower door should have a good fit for the tub and shower size to prevent water leakage, easy entry, and exit, and reduce the need for adjustments. Extra measurements may be needed for an angled shower door set up for a shower in a corner or one with an odd shape.