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How to Decide Between a Frameless or Framed Shower Enclosure

November 08, 2019

If you are looking to update your existing shower door or replace it with a new one, there are a lot of options you have to keep in mind.


Initially, your choice of custom glass shower doors might appear to be as clear as the very glass itself but, upon closer scrutiny, the process can be a little more complicated than you envisioned.


Some of the more pertinent aspects under your consideration are:


  • The space available between the shower and other fixtures.
  • The dimensions of the shower space itself.
  • How much time you can dedicate to maintenance.
  • Whether or not the design in mind is suited for your lifestyle and budget.


We’re here with today’s piece to streamline this process for you by helping you decide between the two most important considerations before you order your own custom glass shower doors.


What these are you might ask? They relate to the framing surrounding your shower door, i.e. frameless or framed?


Frameless Shower Door

These custom glass shower doors aren’t reliant upon the support of metal around its edges. In lieu of the metal, the sturdy, thick tempered glass installed assumes this function.


A frameless shower door provides a contemporary, minimalistic look - with clean lines that are free from visual obstructions. Many opt for this solution as it can highlight other intricate furnishings nearby, this could be in the form of tiling and/or the ornate components used in the shower door assembly like its clips, hinges, and handles.


Framed Shower Door

The more affordable option for denizens – this style of custom glass shower door can provide a solution that is just as beautiful and sturdy. An assortment of chic designs exist that are supported by strong framing, adding to the door’s strength.


On top of this, various finish options can be chosen to surround your shower enclosure. A word of caution, make sure to select a finish that fits the statement you are trying to make – a safe bet is to settle on one that can work either in a traditional or contemporary style bathroom.


As a final note, you can also decide between a clear or textured glass shower enclosure, depending on the balance you wish to strike between privacy and transparency.

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