Installing sliding bathtub doors do not only help keep your privacy while you take a shower, it also helps keep the water from splashing out to other areas in your bathroom, which is supposed to be dry. Sure, you can use a curtain in place but it only accumulates mildew and is hard to clean and maintain. On the other hand, using sliding bathtub doors are easier to clean – just wipe it off – and they do not need constant replacement unlike the shower curtains.
Using doors will also give you many design options – the double panel, triple panel or the trackless doors. The double panel doors may consist of two sliding doors or one stationary and one sliding door. The triple panel is just the same, only that it has three panels instead of two. Trackless doors are swinging ones for those who do not like to feel enclosed while using the tub.
Tools Needed for the Job
- Bypass tub door kits
- Measuring Tape
- Pencil or Marking Pen
- Caulking compound
- Drill and drill bits
Step 1 – Measure the Opening
Whether you choose to use double or triple panel sliding bathtub doors, you need to have the correct measurements so that you know how long your tub door tracks will be. If you do this before you purchase your tub panel doors, you can be sure not to go wrong with your purchase.
Step 2 – Cut the Tracks
Once you have the measurements made, use a miter and keep the tracks in place. Cut the tracks out with your hacksaw. Make sure you do this with care and, if possible, wear safety goggles while doing so.
Step 3 – Installing the Tracks
Place the tracks on the flattest portion of your tub ledge. When doing this, make sure that the ends of the tracks have the same distance from both edges of the tub. Keep the tracks in position or use masking tape instead. Mark the position using your pencil for better accuracy.
Step 4 – Drilling Holes
You will need to drill holes on the tiles for the fasteners that will hold the track. To do this, place a masking tape in an “X” shape with the position of the hole at the center. Drill through the center – the masking tape should protect the surrounding surface. Do the same thing for the vertical and top tracks. Spread a compound along the tracks, too.
Step 5 – Fit the Doors In
With the smooth side facing the tub, fit one of the sliding bathtub doors through the top track and to the bottom. Test if it slides well – if it does not, take out the doors and adjust the frames using the compound.
Step 6 – Seal the Joints
Keep the water from getting out by sealing all the joints with the compound. However, be sure not to include the holes located in the bottom tracks. These holes will help get the water back into the tub so that they do not flood in the tracks.