How much attention do you pay to your glass shower enclosure? If you’re like most homeowners, you try to clean the enclosure at least once every other week, but routine cleaning may not always be enough to restore your glass to its pristine, streak-free condition. And when it starts to look old, the rest of your bathroom can quickly look dated as well. But how can you tell if it’s time to replace your old shower enclosure? Here are a few key signs to watch for.
1. The Glass Is Cloudy
Hard water spots can make your glass shower enclosure look cloudy or dirty even after you clean it. But if you’re noticing that the glass looks milky even after you use a descaling cleaner or dedicated hard water glass cleaner, it may be time to replace the enclosure. Minor scratches and scuffs along the surface can happen over time, and once they do, they can ruin the way your enclosure looks. Replacing the enclosure will help you restore the look of your bathroom and keep your shower looking clean between your weekly cleaning sessions.
2. There Are Visible Cracks or Chips
As glass ages, it can become more brittle. Once it does, your shower enclosure may start to develop cracks or chips in the surface. While these may seem like minor cosmetic issues, they’re actually far more severe. Every chip or crack represents a weak point in the enclosure, and the more weak points there are, the more likely it is that the enclosure will break with even minor impacts. If you notice any chips, cracks, or other damage, it’s likely time to replace your enclosure.
3. You’re Constantly Cleaning up Puddles
The glass in your shower enclosure can shift in the frame over time. When this happens, it’s normal to start seeing small leaks and drips on the floor after you shower. However, if you’re constantly cleaning up puddles or just want to stay on top of keeping your home free from even minor water damage, replacing your shower enclosure may be the right option. Once the new one is installed, the installation team will double-check the seals throughout the entire enclosure to ensure that the water stays inside the shower, where it can drain away without issue.
4. The Previous Owner Installed It Themselves
Shower enclosures may seem simple to install, but there’s more to the process than securing the doors in place. If the glass isn’t installed correctly, the door may be hard to open, leaks may become more common, and your shower won’t be as pleasant to use. If your home’s previous owner installed the enclosure on their own and you’re starting to wonder if they did it correctly, replacing it is always a great option.
Replacing Your Shower Enclosure Is Worth the Investment
If you’ve noticed any of these issues in your bathroom, it may be time to replace your shower enclosure. Once you have a new one installed by an experienced professional, you’ll be able to enjoy your bathroom for years to come. Contact us today to schedule an estimate.