With all sorts of websites now offering shower doors, like Home Depot, Wayfair, Amazon, etc., it’s important to know the pros and cons of purchasing a shower door online. Obviously, a big pro is that you’re likely getting a great deal on the product itself, with many sites even offering free shipping. However, what if the measurements you took of the opening weren’t quite right, or didn’t take into account that the walls or base were not completely plumb and level? To ensure that the shower door you are purchasing will in fact be operable in your bathroom, it’s critical that the opening be measured correctly. At Century, we prefer to use center-line dimensions for all measurements, and offer measuring guides to help with this process. We also recommend that customers have a shower door installer take the measurements and perform the actual install of the unit. We have a team of installers that serve the northern New Jersey, New York City, and southern New York state areas and also have numerous partners throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas that are very familiar with Century doors and that we would be happy to recommend. Having a professional installer will ensure that the correct measurements are used to order the door and that the install is done properly. Plus, if there are any issues with the install, these professionals stand behind their work.
So, while it may be tempting to order a door and have a general contractor or handyman install it, we would say the wiser choice would be to have a shower door installer handle. While the upfront cost may be more, the likelihood of issues, such as leaking, a messy install, being unable to use shower for days/weeks, etc., is far less.
(It’s also worth noting here that neither Century nor the dealer is responsible for installation issues if an outside contractor does the installation.)