Framed Vs Frameless

Your bathroom is one of the most heavily used rooms in your house. It’s the place where you begin and end your day, and you deserve to have a bathroom that is as modern as the rest of your home. If you are still fighting with flimsy shower curtains, it’s time to consider a glass shower door. Let your imagination be your guide. Design possibilities are endless and the result can be one of your best investments.

Choosing the right shower door for your home can seem a bit overwhelming when you have so many options to choose from. There are two primary types of shower doors, framed or frameless. You may be best familiar with framed shower doors. Framed doors offer functionality, but frameless doors have more of a contemporary appeal. There have been new improvements in the look and finishes of the framed enclosures. Much has changed since the old metal trim that was offered in only silver and gold. Glass choices are pretty impressive as well although most will choose clear glass to show off their new tile. Framed doors are designed to seal shut with a magnetic strip and additional rubber seals and sweeps. Water splashing on to the bathroom floor is less of an issue. Water and steam are sealed effectively as well. Framed units are also a more affordable option.

A Glasstec frameless shower door can be visually appealing and can provide a modern contemporary updated look to almost any bathroom. You can create the illusion of more wide open and airy space. They can be much easier to clean since there is no frame to impede the cleaning . Mold , mildew and soap scum will have less of a chance to grow and the result is a cleaner contemporary bathroom. Another consideration is the price difference between the two styles. Frameless doors are constructed using 3/8” or ½” thick glass with hardware to support it. Additional glass fabrication such as polishing, notches and holes are necessary due to the frameless design, therefore it pushes the price to almost twice as much as the framed unit.

However you choose to enclose it, enjoy your shower. Unlimited options ensure a personalized bathroom, and one that’s truly right for you.

4 Responses to “Framed Vs Frameless”

  1. Thank you so much for comparing these two showers together. I wasn’t sure if I should get a framed, or frame less shower door installed. But going off of what you talked about, I think I would much rather have a frame less one. So thanks a ton for the information you gave about this.

  2. Very informative discussion of pros & cons regarding Framed vs.Frameless shower enclosures.
    For my renovation needs, I prefer the new framed & semi frameless designs, especially considering the innovatives. I am redoing a brass/glass shower enclosure.

  3. My wife has been thinking about remodeling our bathroom for some time now, but we weren’t sure how to find the right option. I loved that you mentioned that frameless showers actually have a contemporary appeal on top of different looks and finishes. It would be nice to have a variety of different options to choose from so she gets exactly what she wants.

  4. Thanks for pointing out that choosing clear glass for your frameless shower will allow you to show off the tile inside. My husband and I are currently planning a remodel of our master bathroom. We have a lovely tile picked out, and I really like the idea of showing it off with an elegant clear-glass shower. Thanks for pointing out that benefit of frameless shower doors!

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