The Unbiased Pros and Cons of Frameless Shower Doors

Frameless Shower Doors   •   September 21, 2017

They’re sleek.

They’re contemporary.

And they’ve pretty much ousted their rival (the framed shower door), in today’s contemporary, minimalistic bathroom design.

The frameless shower door is becoming the shower door of choice and for many good reasons. However, to help you decide if its functionalities are right for you, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of frameless shower doors.


Pro #1: Frameless shower doors can be customized

Because frameless shower enclosures come in any size or style, customization is optimal. This adds more flexibility to your shower installation and a variety of design options.

Whether you want the frameless shower doors to be circular, oval or triangular in shape, they can be dressed up with patterned or etched glass – making them ideal for bathrooms, large and small (The Original Frameless Shower Doors).

(Photo provided by Superior Frameless Showers)

Pro #2: Frameless shower doors offer a simple, more unifying elegance

Today’s modern bathrooms are all about sleek, minimalistic design. With no frames to get in the way, frameless shower doors provide a more open, eye catching experience – complimenting your stone, ceramic or pebble tiles, and/or other finishes you may have in your shower.

Once again, on their web blog, the guys at The Original Frameless Shower Door, put it perfectly: Since most contemporary style bathrooms are usually visual and feature intricate bathroom fixtures and decorative tiles, frameless shower glass doors have been gaining fame among many homeowners.

Pro #3: Frameless shower doors can make your bathroom feel bigger than it really is

Have a fairly small bathroom? Frameless is the way to go. Nominally speaking, the frameless shower door offers a more transparent and open feel, giving your bathroom the luxury of feeling more spacious and airy. No more rubber sealants or frames to support their weight.

Pro #4: Frameless Shower Doors are easier to clean

With a bigger, smoother surface space, frameless shower doors are, by design, easier to clean. They minimize the number of places water can collect and mold can grow – reducing water buildup and mildew – unlike framed shower doors which run the risk of buildup underneath the door’s sealants

Now that we’ve gone through some of the pros, let’s take a look at some of the frameless shower doors cons.


Con #1: Frameless Shower Doors are more expensive

Frameless shower doors require greater attention to detail, craftsmanship, hardware and polished edges, which naturally will raise the price. The frameless shower door also requires a thicker piece of glass in order to maintain its stability without a frame in place.

After a quick search on the internet it seems the average price of a framed shower costs somewhere between $100 – $300, while a frameless shower door costs somewhere between $1,000 – $3,000.

You can decide if that’s a deal breaker for you or not, but it’s worth mentioning.

Con #2: Frameless Shower Doors have a greater chance of leaking

(Frameless shower door hardware)

Where framed shower doors typically include a rubber sealant around the edges, a frameless shower does not. These gaps may cause water to leak through and splash on your bathroom floors.

The best way to resolve this is to plan during the design phase. Perhaps setting up the glass where its gaps are away from the shower head could minimize or eliminate this dilemma.

As mentioned earlier, each shower door design has its own set of shower doors that will work specifically for that shower enclosure.

To learn more about the types of shower doors that go hand-in-hand with the framed and frameless shower doors, click here.

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