How Much Do Shower Stall Doors Cost?
Stall doors can add elegance and style to a cubicle shower or traditional bath-shower combo. Customization allows homeowners to choose the configuration, style, glass type and hardware for their new door, making it as much artwork as a functional addition to the bath. Prices can vary considerably, so homeowners must take that into account when choosing or designing their shower stall door.
- Minimum cost of shower stall doors: $190
- Maximum cost of shower stall doors: $480
The costs associated with the installation of shower stall doors primarily come from the cost of the door and hardware, plus labor and supply costs for the actual installation. In some cases, such as with designers and licensed contractors, the material and labor costs can be equivalent. However, in most cases, the cost of the shower door makes up the bulk of the costs. It’s a good idea to get more than one estimate for the project, but also consider the contractor's reputation and experience.
Materials are another major consideration when determining the costs of a shower stall door installation. Prefabricated doors are generally cheaper than custom options and may be a good way to save on a guest bath remodel or renovation. There are many options for showers of a standard size, including some very attractive budget-saving choices. For irregularly-sized shower stalls, some customization may be necessary. Bath-shower combination units are almost always standardized.
Custom glass for shower doors has come a long way in recent years. This is especially true for available patterns and styles of glass, which have grown to include dozens of potential textures and designs. Rain glass remains a popular option because of its beauty and uniqueness; however, newer styles are beginning to trend, including other varieties of privacy glass. These can include frosted (semi-opaque) glass as well as etched glass styles.
The more stylish and sophisticated glass often costs more than the less ornate, especially with regard to custom glass. Clear or tempered glass doors, single panel, generally cost $125 to $200 less than glass that has a pattern or texture, regardless of the hardware used. Frosted glass can cost an additional $300 to $350 over the basic price for clear glass at major home improvement stores. The cost is typically higher for glass purchased through a contractor, design center or other small vendor, although it may also be of higher quality.
Surprisingly, choosing a framed or frameless style for the door has a minimal impact on the overall cost. Designs without frames are currently trending, although having a framed door offers more choices in terms of matching bathroom hardware and existing fixtures. Frameless doors can be easier to clean due to build up around hardware, especially along the bottom of the door.
Hardware options from framed shower stall doors are extremely varied. In fact, almost any finish can be matched, even if it is vintage, for the right price and with persistence on the part of the homeowner. Popular choices include:
- Brushed nickel
- Chrome (silver)
- Oil-rubbed bronze
Brushed nickel and chrome are usually equivalent in terms of price; however, more custom options may add to the overall project budget. Oil-rubbed bronze and copper tend to be slightly more expensive. For those who want a certain style in their bath, the extra cost may be well worth it in the end.
When considering the installation of a shower stall door, it is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages. Among the chief advantages are the following: aesthetic value, ease of cleaning and improved shower experience.
A well-crafted shower door can serve as the centerpiece of a remodeled master bathroom. The door lends elegance to the surroundings and ties different aspects of the bath, including the hardware, together into a cohesive whole. The door adds value to the bath as well, giving it a more luxurious appearance but for a reasonable price compared to other remodeling options.
A glass shower door can be cleaned more easily than a shower curtain, plus the door is more durable and made to withstand the tests of time and moisture. This is especially true for frameless doors, which are incredibly easy to maintain. In general, the door only requires cleaning with a glass cleaner on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to look as good as the day it was installed.
Unlike a light-blocking shower curtain, a glass shower stall door will allow just the right amount of light into the shower to improve the overall experience. The additional light may also help reduce the formation of mildew. Many people also find rain glass to be a soothing addition to their shower.
As with many home improvements, this option has a few disadvantages as well. These can include a few things that provide challenges to the installation such as sizing, timing and going over budget.
For example, in terms of sizing, many showers are difficult to fit with a standard door. Primarily, this is because they are either slightly too narrow or too wide. This means that the door must be custom designed and fitted, which can add substantially to the cost of the project.
Additional visits to the home by the installer or contractor may be required for measurements. This can require some schedule adjustments to accommodate. Depending on the number of visits, this can be quite onerous for the homeowner.
Going over-budget is another risk with the project. Adding more and more custom features can increase the overall cost more than many homeowners realize, at least, until they get the final bill for the project. With experienced contractors, this is less of a risk, but homeowners should be aware nonetheless.
Overall, adding a stall door to a bathroom can add value and attractiveness as well as make the shower easier to clean. The cost of the project primarily comes from the glass and hardware plus labor costs associated with installation, all of which may vary.
Last updated on May 13, 2016
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