Estimating shower door installation cost

How much does it cost to install a shower door?

Cost of shower door installation determined by a number of factors and total expenses primary depend on door prices and labor cost to complete the work. While calculating gross expenditures for installing a new shower door a number of additional factors should be taken into account. Contractor will calculate the cost based on work complexity. Normally standard shower door installation is a same day service and there is no need in prior in-home consultation. Most contractors have fixed rates for such work which can be adjusted based on actual door size and type. For making and installing a custom shower door precise on-site measurements are essential and must to be done in order to estimate the project with high accuracy.

Calculating shower door installation cost

Shower doors prices comparison materials-prices

Prices for shower doors vary significantly. A standard 24” – 26” adjustable width pivot shower door with aluminum frame is one of the cheapest options. It is a good solution for smaller showers while completing bathroom renovation on a low budget. Better quality bypass doors with two frosted glass panels made for 52” – 71” wide openings will be more expensive. Custom made frameless shower doors made of 3/8” (9.5 mm) tempered glass will have significantly higher price. Because of huge variety of products available on the market price difference between the cheapest 64” high metal framed standard shower door and the most expensive neo-angle or curved frosted glass custom door can easily exceed 800%.

Determining labor cost for shower door installation labor-cost

Difficulty of work is a primary factor which affects the cost of labor while estimating installation expenses. Simple cutting threshold and track to the size, mounting door jambs and hanging a standard shower door will be estimated at a minimum charge. Installing frameless 1/2" thick glass custom made door which weight 230 – 310 lbs will be estimated at a higher rate.

Typically an installer will offer much better deal on labor per shower door to install if it is a part of a bigger remodeling project comparing to coming for installation of a single door.

Shopping for shower door shopping

Decent selection of shower doors in different sizes and finishes sold at local home improvement retailers. Always plan home improvement project well ahead and watch for clearance and seasonal sales what might save you 10% - 20% from the original price. There is always a good chance to buy a shower door cheaper online and get it shipped for free.

Certain style and dimensions custom shower door can be ordered from glass fabricators and desire pattern of a glass can be chosen for matching with the overall bathroom design.

Estimating installation time estimating-time

Normally a professional installer should be able to install a standard 48” x 65” framed shower door within 2 – 3 hours. Installation of a heavier three panels custom made door is not a one person project and will consume more time. But typically any type and dimensions shower door will be installed in a day. Exact number of man-hours will be defined after analyzing difficulty of work.

Work complexity work-complexity

Standard hinged 36” x 65 1/2" framed shower door installation is relatively easy task and some homeowners with minimum construction skills are able to manage cutting the tracks to the size, drilling holes in tile and hang the door. Installation of floor-to-ceiling custom glass panels and a shower door is more complex project and it is better to hire an experienced installer who will perform such work and will guaranty its quality.