We were looking for a frameless, chrome-colored sliding bathtub doorset with obscure glass that would not break the bank. This one truly fit the bill.
The 1/4" glass, though not quite as beefy (hence 4 stars for quality and not 5) as the 5/16", 3/8" or even 1/2" glass on the "high-end" doorsets, is plenty heavy and absolutely adequate for residential shower doors. The exposed edges are smooth and look great.
The product is well thought-out and designed, well manufactured and well packaged. Instructions are clear and concise. The bearing rollers are heavy brass and are as smooth as silk. Plastic bushings, washers and fittings keep all metal parts directly away from glass. The aluminum door handles/towel bars are very nicely executed and give a clean look. All finished surfaces are beautiful. I have installed such doors before, and this one goes in the same way as the rest. It took me under two hours, start to finish.
I am an advanced do-it-yourselfer with a lot of experience. In fact, I completely renovated both my bathrooms myself. I can offer some advice:
- First and foremost: Make sure that your tub opening is as plumb and level as possible before installation of any doorset - this will expedite installation considerably. If the opening is out of plumb, you will need to improvise to build up the walls so that the side rails are plumb when fastened. Most manufacturers sell a covering rail that envelops the actual siderail and covers the improvised buildup.
- Read the directions carefully and follow them precisely. If you lack any of the tools, acquire them. This is not a particularly complex project for someone who is comfortable with construction. If you're not sure about measuring, cutting, drilling and screwing, don't attempt this by yourself.
- Use only a modicum of silicone caulk - a well-controlled, narrow bead goes a long way. No need to "smooth" it with a finger if the bead is applied cleanly.
- Do invest in a high quality caulk gun - it makes a HUGE difference. English company COX makes a great one.
- When cutting the aluminum top track and bottom rail to fit, use a hacksaw with a new blade and a manual miter box. Clamp the rail to the box and the box to the workbench. I actually used a second miter box, also clamped, under the dangling end of the rail/track, to keep it straight when I was cutting.
- Be sure to file the rough cuts.
- Make sure that the top rail seats well onto the side rails before attempting to hang the doors on it.
- Check for level and/or plumb after each step.
- I respectfully disagree with some of the reviewers who recommend that two people install the actual doors to the frame. They just aren't that heavy. Perhaps for some.
- I agree with the reviewer who opted for toggle bolts behind unsupported walls, in lieu of the plastic anchors included with the door hardware. Even better is to forego any anchor whatsoever and screw directly into wood or metal studs if possible. Since I went down to bare frame in my bathroom, I added wood framing at the door opening on both sides of the bathtub, just for this purpose.
Sturdy, Performs Well, Looks Great, Great Value, Nice Design, Easy to Install, well made and finished, high quality materials