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Framed Vs. Frameless Glass Shower Doors

by Rasmus Koskinen

Modern shower designs have evolved through time, giving homeowners a wider variety of options when remodeling their shower enclosers. Tacky shower curtains can now be replaced by elegant, stylish shower enclosures that are easier to clean and that open up your bathroom. Here is a comprehensive comparison of two possible designs to help you choose the shower enclosure that best suits your home and lifestyle.

Frameless glass shower enclosures

If you want to give your bathroom a more open, airy look that is elegant, sleek and modern, a frameless shower enclosure could suit you. These enclosures make it possible to show off intricate shower fixtures and decorative tiles, making them ideal for contemporary, visual showers. The frameless design also allows for customization to almost any sizing requirement.

Another major advantage of these shower enclosures is that they are available in a wide array of designs, which is perfect if you want to update your bathroom look. Cleaning is also a lot easier due to the trackless design and lack of trim and frames, which makes it harder for mold and soap scum to collect.

However, there are a few disadvantages to a frameless shower enclosure. These enclosures lack a rubber seal around the door, so water could easily leak out of the enclosure thorough the small gap around the door. The frameless design also makes these enclosures more expensive than framed ones and a lot harder to install.

Framed shower enclosures

These enclosures may not give you the sleek appearance offered by their counterpart, but they offer a lot more functionality. Frames are available in a variety of traditional metal finishes such as bronze, chrome and nickel, which could make for a refreshing, classic look. The overlying metal and rubber seal on the door also makes them better at retaining water, making them ideal for a smaller bathroom where the showerhead is near the door.

The cons of framed doors include looking extremely dated, making them unsuitable for contemporary bathroom designs. The metal frame also distracts from the tile work and fixtures, as well as making the enclosure susceptible to rust. Additionally, most standard framed enclosures come in heights that are too short for modern bathroom sizes.

In conclusion, a frameless shower enclosure could be best for you if you have a large, modern bathroom with intricately-designed, decorative tile that you want to show off. Frameless designs could also appeal to you if you want to avoid a lot of maintenance work and want a more contemporary, open shower look.

Framed enclosures would be great if you have a small shower where splashing is an issue, or where larger, contemporary frameless designs would not fit.

For more information on custom shower enclosures, contact a company like Enterprise Glass Co Inc.