Glass shower doors can add resale value to your home and are often the most prominent component of your bathroom. These usually have an advantage over screens and curtains, in that they look more attractive and are easier to clean.
Plus, many shower curtains contain chemicals that might get released into the air, especially in steamy shower conditions. Children and seniors are particularly vulnerable to these toxins.
Many homeowners pay between $550 and $1,300 to get a new glass shower door installed, though the average price is right at $900. Some variables to consider are whether the door be framed or unframed, frosted or tinted, slide or bi-fold, curved or flat, and if you DIY or hire a professional.
Types of Glass Shower Doors
There are many types of glass shower doors to choose from, including stock doors you can purchase and install as a DIY project, as well as custom-made doors with or without frames.
Framed & Sliding Doors
Framed and sliding glass doors make up the most significant batch of stock glass shower doors; which is usually the least expensive option. The average price of these items is $200 to $500, depending on the thickness of glass, tinting, and the material used to frame the doors. Framed doors are also the most frequently self-installed.
Replacing a sliding or framed door will take two people only an hour or two to complete and typically costs around $500 to $1,000. This project includes tearing out and disposing of the old door, installing, leak-proofing, and adding hardware to the new door, when necessary.
Because these glass doors usually use thicker, tempered, or laminated glass, they are more durable and also more expensive. These doors start around $250 but can cost as much as $2,000.
Also, there is some confusion about what constitutes a framed, semi-frameless, or frameless door. A semi-frameless typically only has metal frames on the hinged side and bottom of the door.
Frameless designs average between $300 – $3,000 and produce a more spacious look. Frameless doors usually get affixed to the wall or enclosure with clips or hinges. This frameless arrangement might not be a door at all, but a thick sheet of glass that separates the shower area from the rest of the bathroom.
Typically, plate glass used in this manner is at least 3/8 of an inch thick or 10mm, which averages $7.00 sq ft, or $10 sq ft for 1/2″ plate glass. Low Iron Glass (LIG), which many sellers call “Ultra Clear,” “Krystal Klear,” “Ultra White,” or another variation, is a high-quality, silica-based glass substitute, which averages $15 sq ft for 3/8″ or $19 sq ft for 1/2″.
Neo-angle and curved glass doors (these could be framed, semi-frameless, or frameless) are generally the most expensive, especially those that must get custom-made. Many corner shower stalls use curved sliding glass doors to save space. The minimum cost is around $1,000, and the price goes up from there.
Installation of these custom doors often requires special tools, and when the contractor has to buy new tools for your project, they will typically pass that expense on to you. Not only do these cost more to make, but it will also cost more to install.
Stock 30″ by 30″ glass enclosure averages $400 – $500 and will cost another $350 – $400 to install. Shower enclosures come in stock sizes from 30″ to 36″ square in most building supply stores. Larger enclosures and those contractors create cost more.
Other Considerations and Enhancements
There are a few upgrades that can impact the cost of a glass door that should also be considered when planning a shower project.
Cost of Shower Door Hardware
The hardware you choose for your glass doors are an essential consideration, as these can add significantly to the overall look and expense. Bright chrome, stainless steel, or brass hinges and handles can enhance the design. These could add $200 – $300 to your project’s expense.
Tinted or Frosted Glass
Frosted glass usually averages an additional $6 to $8 sq ft from a window tinting company and up to $20 sq ft for intricate designs. However, if you get it tinted by the same company who makes it, it could cost much less. Decorative glass tints can add a touch of privacy as well.
Upgrading the Shower
Upgraded glass shower doors are often installed when doing a shower renovation. Installing tile or new fixtures in the shower to match the new door hardware can be an attractive upgrade and a great project at the same time. Learn more about the cost of installing or enhancing a shower.
DIY vs. Professional Install
How much experience, time, tools, and DIY talent you have will determine if you should do the shower glass door or hire a professional. General contractors charge $50 – $150 per hour for this type of project. However, hiring a professional often means it will get completed quicker and look better.
Get three or more estimates from home improvement professionals in your area. Compare the statement of work for each contractor or handyperson, check references, licenses, and insurance.
Whatever the final cost, a quality glass shower door will give you years of value and add equity to your home.
Find out about the costs of a bathroom remodel.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.