Wondering whether or not the time has come to have work completed on your shower enclosure? Has it been awhile since your last shower remodel? Do you have recurring moisture problems around the enclosure?

When there aren't obvious signs of damage to the shower base and the plumbing still works, it can be hard to decide if you need the services of a bathroom remodeler. Here's a few things to keep an eye out for when determining if it is the right time for a new shower.

Deep, Resistant Stains

Your shower enclosure's surfaces have a nonporous finish that's resistant to stains and dirt. Over many years, this surface can wear away, leaving the material underneath exposed. Depending on what material your shower is made of you could have issues with yellowing, staining from hygiene products and hair dyes, and even mold and mildew stains that are hard to get up.

Worn, Cracked Tile Surround

If the tile surround of your shower enclosure is showing moderate to severe signs of damage you might want to consider replacing the shower wall surround, if not the entire shower enclosure. These issues are more than cosmetic. Your tile surround is meant to stop moisture from getting behind the walls and allowing mold and mildew to grow. If it's cracked and damaged, it doesn't provide the level of protection you need.

Chronic Moisture Damage Around Shower

If you're seeing recurring water damage on the walls and floors around the shower, despite taking preventative measures, there could be an issue with the shower enclosure. Larger cracks may have developed between the base and wall that can't be fixed by silicone any longer. Sometimes as the materials in enclosures age they can also develop micro cracks that allow moisture to penetrate behind the enclosure. Both of these issues lead to bigger repair projects so it's easier to simply replace the entire enclosure.

Shower Door Issues

If your shower door doesn't work well any longer because the frame has shifted or bent, it could be a hazard. While you can have a contractor replace the frame and the door, it may be better to simply replace the entire enclosure. This is the type of issue that should be handled on a case-by-case basis.

After 10 to 15 Years Have Passed

While your shower may not necessarily need replacement after ten to fifteen years, it's a good idea to have it assessed by a professional at this point. A contractor can help you determine if the time has come to replace an older shower enclosure. There may be microcracks in the shower base, the surface finish could have faded, or your enclosure materials could be very out of date.

Delerio Construction has trained shower replacement specialists who can assess your shower during a free consultation in the Fresno area. Give us a call to set up your appointment with an expert.

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