Framed Vs. Frameless Shower Doors

When choosing a type of glass shower enclosure for your new bathroom, a major choice is whether to use glass panels with metal frames or without. Framed glass shower enclosures can be safe, durable, and budget friendy, but they are also considered an outdated design. Modern frameless glass shower doors are made with thick, tempered safety glass and offer greater beauty and durability, with a greater cost. Let’s look at the advantages of both kinds of glass shower doors.

Pros of Framed Glass Shower Doors

The traditional way to create a glass shower enclosure is to frame safety glass with metal hardware. Framed glass shower doors like these have advantages like durability, safety, and cost. The metal frames support the glass panels and take all the stress from opening and closing the door, but they also provide a watertight seal. One of the main advantages is design versatility, as homeowners can get metal framing in a wide variety of colors and finishes to match other bathroom fittings. 

Pros of Frameless Shower Glass Doors

An increasingly popular design option for modern glass shower enclosures is using thick, tempered safety glass without a metal frame, with all fittings attached directly to the glass. A frameless glass shower door of this type is just as safe as a one with a metal frame, and my actually be more durable over time because metal framing can degrade over time. With less parts, they can also be easier to clean and maintain. Frameless shower doors can also offer greater design versatility and be able to open wider, more easily. 

Now that you have a better idea of your options when it comes to glass shower doors, it’s time to talk to a glass expert about your remodel. The professionals at Excel Glass Co can give you even more options and help you design your perfect glass shower enclosure, just contact us today.