Framed vs. Frameless Shower Doors: Which is Right for You?

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Framed vs. Frameless Shower Doors: Which is Right for You?

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Your shower is the focal point of your bathroom. An updated shower can both increase the aesthetic and the functionality of your bathroom. If your shower is due for an update, you’re probably thinking of adding new glass shower doors. However, once you start shopping for your new shower, you’ll soon find that you’re faced with an important decision. Should you go with a framed or frameless shower door? To help you choose, we’re breaking down the pros and cons of both.

In either case, your framed or frameless shower doors will be made of tempered glass. However, int eh case of a framed door, this glass will likely be much thinner because it will have added support that a frameless door will not. The frame itself will typically be made of aluminum, but it can be powder coated in different colors if you’d like. The aluminum frame that holds your door will be tightly sealed so that water is not able to leak through.

Framed vs. Frameless Shower Doors

A frameless door is made of a much thinker piece of tempered glass. Since it has no supporting frame, it needs to be heftier to stand up to daily use. Your door will be outfitted with a set of pulls to allow you to open and close the door, and hardware to mount the door to the rest of your shower.

No matter what type of door you choose, you will have some options for customizing your shower doors. For example, we are able to frost your shower doors for added privacy. In addition, the tempered glass that makes up your shower door can be treated with a special coating that will make it resistant to pesky water spots.

One of the downfalls of framed shower doors that you are a bit limited in your design choices. Framed shower doors are almost always mounted on a track where they slide from side to side. Sometimes a framed shower door is able to be set up on a pivoting panel where it would open and close as a regular door around your house would. However, we are not able to make pivoting framed doors very large.

Frameless glass doors, on the other hand, can be both hinged and fairly large in size. This is where homeowners can get really creating. If you have the space, we can create a large, truly unique custom shower enclosure for you utilizing frameless doors.

If you’re still not sure which type of shower door is right for you, contact our office and schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable designers. Together, we can create a stunning shower that you’ll look forward to using day after day. As the leading custom glass company in the area, we’ve built countless custom glass showers for our clients over the years. Our goal is to work with you to design something that is truly unique to your specific taste. Call us today to learn more about all of our services!