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 vs. frameless. You may be most 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. 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, and these units can also accommodate larger and taller enclosures, with the heavier glass and supporting hardware. However, with the heavier glass, either 3/8″ or 1/2″, glass fabrication such as holes and notches, and the associated hardware, these frameless units tend to be quite a bit more expensive than framed units.