Frameless vs. Framed Shower Doors
Framed doors are the most common type of shower doors, but frameless shower doors have gained a lot of popularity—they are one of the hottest trends in the industry. Like the name suggests, this type of shower door doesn’t have a frame. It is designed to seal shut with a magnetic strip and has additional rubber seals and sweeps to prevent water from splashing out onto the floor. Frameless doors have minimal framework but heavy hinging, and many have large tube-like handles.
You’ve undoubtedly seen framed shower doors before—they typically have obscure glass, and most frames are chrome or gold. If there is framework surrounding the operable part of the shower door, it’s considered framed.
There is no better type of shower door—both have their own advantages.
Framed shower doors:
- Tend to be less expensive
- Have superior water retention abilities
- Are available with a variety of decorative glass options
Frameless custom shower doors:
- Offer a virtually limitless amount of design layouts
- Are custom built and have that “wow” factor many people want
- Have “soft” edges
- Take up minimal space and can make your bathroom appear larger