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Frameless Shower Doors Vs. Framed Shower Doors

When it comes to a shower enclosure, you have a lot of different options to choose from. You can decide to use a shower curtain, a framed shower door, or a frameless shower door. The decision you make depends on your needs and your style. Below, we are going to compare frameless shower doors and framed shower doors so that you can determine which option is best for you and your home.

Framed shower doors and frameless shower doors have some significant differences when it comes to style, cost, maintenance, and more. Check out the differences below.


  • Style – The biggest difference between the style of framed shower doors and frameless shower doors is the configuration. With a framed shower door, you don’t have as many options. Most framed shower doors are sliding doors on a track and this type of door usually only covers one wall of the shower. However, frameless shower doors, give you have a lot of possibilities for customization. Frameless doors, allow you to create an entire glass surround. Additionally, you have the possibility of using hinged doors or pivot doors. Frameless glass shower doors also look more modern and high-end than a framed shower door.
  • Space – As a general rule, framed shower doors take up less space than frameless shower doors. This is because framed shower doors are often sliding doors that stay on a specific track when opened. With frameless shower doors, you might have a hinged or pivot door that swings out into the room. You should consider the size of your bathroom before you choose a shower door option.
  • Maintenance – When it comes to cleanliness and maintaining shower doors, there are some things to note about framed shower doors. The track and frame of a framed shower door can collect water, causing the metal to corrode. The lining of the frame can also collect mold and mildew easily. These two downfalls of framed shower doors can make them harder to clean and maintain. However, when you choose a frameless shower door, you do not run into these issues. For a frameless shower door, you can simply wipe down the glass to clean and maintain it. It is also usually easier to fix or replace a part in a frameless door than it is a framed door.
  • Cost – The cost of a shower door depends on the size of the door and whether or not it has to be customized. However, as a general rule, a framed shower door will be less expensive than a frameless shower door. A frameless shower door requires much thicker glass, and high-quality clips for the glass to attach to the wall.
  • Installation – Unless you have a lot of experience, it is probably best if a professional handles the installation of your shower door, whether it is framed or frameless. The installation of these two doors is slightly different because they are put together differently. It will probably take longer to install a frameless glass shower door because this door is heavier and requires precision to be correctly installed. A framed door is slightly easier to install because the door is less cumbersome. Even though the glass for a framed glass shower door is much thinner, someone will still have to install the frame properly.


As you can see both framed shower doors and frameless shower doors have their advantages. Framed shower doors are usually less expensive than frameless shower doors, but frameless doors have the benefit of better customization and easier maintenance. Many people choose to use frameless glass

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shower doors in their bathroom because they give a high-end and modern look to the bathroom. The type of door you select for your home depends on your needs and desires. To learn more about upgrading the shower doors in your bathroom, check out the information below.


Upgrading Your Bathroom


If you are looking to upgrade your bathroom, you will be looking into different shower enclosure options. Above we discussed some of the differences when it comes to framed shower doors and frameless shower doors.


Giant Glass & Mirror specializes in the design, fabrication, and installation of custom frameless glass shower doors. You can reach out to us to learn more about how we can help you with your bathroom remodel or upgrade. At Giant Glass & Mirror, we design each shower door to reflect our client’s needs and desires. Reach out to us today.

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