Commonly Asked Questions About Shower Doors

For new Schicker customers, or those looking at a new shower door installation, there are probably lots of questions in your mind about how the installation process works, how to choose the right shower door, and what to except when doing business with our company. For that reason, we’ve put together a list of shower doors FAQ – frequently asked questions and answers – to assist you in your research.

What should I consider when deciding on a swinging vs. sliding shower door?

Space in front of the shower and shower opening are the main considerations. If you have a small bathroom, you may not have room for a swinging door,so slider may be your best option. And if you have a small shower opening, let’s say under 44”, then your best selection would be a pivot door. Cleaning is also a consideration. Some people find it more difficult to clean the track and panel overlap of a sliding door and opt for a swinging door.

Should I opt for a framed or frameless shower door?

Budget, construction, and personal design preference are things you should consider. Usually a frameless door is more expensive, but not always. It depends on the configuration and type of metal used on a frame. Schicker frameless door prices are competitive. While you may find cheaper units, their materials and installation are substandard.Frameless enclosures use thicker glass than framed doors. If you have a smaller bathroom, a frameless door can create the illusion of more space; they are generally easier to clean, so the added cost might be worth this option.

Do frameless doors leak?

Frameless doors are as watertight as any other shower doors. We use silicone to fill any gaps where materials meet, and use clear polycarbonate seals and translucent vinyls to make the doors as water tight as possible.

Are frameless enclosures safe?

Frameless doors are as safe as any other door with normal use; they are physically attached to shower walls with hardware specially designed for glass. We use tempered safety glass – in the event the glass breaks, it will break in countless small pieces, not large shards that could injure you.

What are the minimum/maximum door sizes for a frameless door?

The minimum opening to pass building inspection is 24”; the average door size is 26”-28” wide; the maximum size is 36” wide, although in some specific cases wider doors can be made.
The standard height of doors is 72”-78”. There are options to bring the shower door’s height all the way to the ceiling and add a fixed or operable transom above the door itself.

Can I replace a framed door with a frameless door without changing my tile?

Yes, but there will be remaining holes in your tile that will need to be filled. We try to place the new hardware over any existing holes, but this isn’t always possible. Tiles may crack during this process, so it’s best to have a few matching replacement tiles on hand in case you need them.

Can you remove my old enclosure?

Yes. There will be a small charge based on the type and size of the unit we are removing and hauling away.

Is there somewhere I can see options for glass and hardware for my shower door?

Yes. Look under the “Products” tab on our website for photos of options. To see options in person, click on the “Showrooms” tab to find a showroom near you.

What geographic areas do you service?

We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

How did Schicker Shower Doors earn the Diamond Certified award?

We received a 90% or better score through Diamond Certified’s independent survey of hundreds of our customers on the quality and satisfaction of our work.

Do you charge for an estimate? How long does it take to get one?

There is no charge for an estimate and we can generally visit your home within 2-3 days from when you contact us. After our visit we will send you an estimate, usually via email.

Once I have an estimate and want to proceed with the work, what are the next steps?

Once I have an estimate and want to proceed with the work, what are the next steps?

You will need to sign on the agreed price and give us a 50% deposit to process the order.

What forms of payment do you accept?

The quickest way to pay is with credit card. We accept VISA, Mastercard and AMEX and can process your payment over the phone.

How long will the manufacturing of my enclosure take?

It depends on the model being purchased; most custom enclosures take 2-3 weeks to manufacture. Bent glass enclosures take 7-9 weeks.

Can I save time by ordering my shower door before the area is complete and tile is in?

No – enclosures are custom made and require that we take measurements of the finished opening to insure correct fit.

Will you give me the installation date when I order my enclosure?

No – we will wait until your materials have been fabricated and double checked for accuracy and quality before we contact you to set up an installation date.

Once my shower door is installed, can I use it right away?

You will need to wait 24 hours to allow the silicone to cure and set properly.

Do you offer a warranty on your products?

Yes. We offer a one year warranty on any defects in materials, workmanship or leakage. This warranty doesnot apply to broken glass.

If my door’s parts wear out, will you replace them at no cost?

We will replace them at no cost during the warranty period (one year). After that, there will be a charge for any needed parts and the service call to install them.

How should I care for my new shower door?

We recommend that you have your door treated with Diamon-Fusion, a product that will protect it against any mineral deposits. It’s similar to non-stick coating on pots and pans and makes water shed off your door quickly. This will make caring for your glass almost maintenance free.

If I have Diamon-Fusion, does this mean I don't need to use a squeegee?

Diamon-Fusion will help water shed off the door, but won’t completely dry the shower door glass. We recommend you use a squeegee or wipe the door dry with a towel to maintain the look of the door.

Will my door and the silicone surrounding it stay mold free forever?

While silicone and tile don’t generate mold, the small space between them can create the right environment for mold to grow. The best way to minimize this is by keeping your tile and grout sealed. If you use a cleaner that includes a sealant, it will be less likely for moisture to get in between your tile and silicone, thus minimizing the chances of creating mold.

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