We're remodeling my inlaws bathroom, and are getting ready to install the
tub surround and shower door. Unfortunately, we've always installed tile
walls and shower curtains, so I'm not sure of the best order to do the
surround and doors.
My first thought would be to install the tub surround first, then install
the shower doors on top of that. Seems like it would make the most
watertight installation. But, it also seems like it would leave a little
sliver of the tub surround showing on the outside corners of the shower
doors? I'm thinking that would look kind of stupid, and it would be much
more difficult to replace the surround in the future if that was needed.
If I do the doors first, I could butt the surround up tight against the
inside corners of the door frame. Probably a better "look" but then the
only water protection would be the caulking running down the inside of the
door frame. Of course, it's probably no worse than it would be with a
The surround instructions make no mention of shower doors, and we haven't
purchased the doors yet.
So which normally goes in first, the doors or the surround?
Surround first, then the door. The door goes onto the tile
and is attached with screws and sealed. If you need to change
the surround, you unscrew the doors and cut the sealant,
remove the door and you are ready to go, and you can usually
reinstall over the new tile.
How often do you change your surrounds, anyway?
Thank you for the confirmation! I took a look at the shower doors
yesterday, and it all made sense once I saw how they installed (and
realized they were shorter than the height of the surround).
I appreciate the feedback. Thanks.
re: The door goes onto the tile
In both of my bathrooms (1 shower stall, 1 tub/shower) the door would
be attached to/through the surround. There is no tile - the surround
comes right out to the front edge of the tub.
In the stall, the door frame is screwed through the fiberglass into
In the tub/shower we use a curtain on a tension rod. *If* we used a
door, it would have to be installed to/through the fiberglass just
like the stall.
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