Frameless vs. Semi-Frameless Shower Doors


Choosing the right shower enclosure for your bathroom can greatly impact the overall design, and your shower door should be custom designed for your space. Many individuals look to update their doors or build a new one from scratch but are unsure whether to choose a frameless or semi-frameless design.

If you’re unsure which design is right for you, here are some points to consider for both options.

Frameless Shower Doors

As the name implies, frameless shower doors lack any frame around the glass. These doors usually have a bypass or pivot door and have become increasingly more common in households. These doors use heavy glass that is fastened by hinges or clamps. This avoids the need for any framing. There are several benefits to consider when looking into frameless doors:

·      Better for the environment over shower curtains

·      Limitless customizability and designs

·      Easier maintenance and cleaning than other shower doors

·      Allows natural lighting to come in

·      Long life span

One factor to consider, however, is the fact that frameless shower doors require a professional installation due to their weight. However, with the right company by your side, this won’t be much of a concern for you.

Semi-Frameless Doors

These shower doors do contain some framing around the edges, but not completely. Some edges are left exposed. This design is quite common in households today, and there are still benefits to this design.

Here are some benefits to consider for semi-frameless shower doors:

·      More durable than frameless doors

·      Less expensive than other options

·      Clean, sleek look and design

Similar to frameless doors, semi-frameless doors require a professional to install, and this process also requires more parts, as a frame is involved in this design. If you currently have a fully framed design that doesn’t match your aesthetic, a semi-frameless design might be your best option that also works well with your budget.

Which Design Should I Choose – Frameless or Semi-Frameless?

Choosing a new shower door can be exciting for you and your family, but it’s also understandable if you’re struggling to determine which design is best for you.

If you’re looking for something that will closely align with your budget, or if you can find a frame that visually matches the rest of your bathroom, you may want to consider a semi-frameless door. Semi-frameless doors are also an ideal choice if you’ve previously had experience with shower doors becoming damaged or weakened.

While semi-frameless doors have their uses, frameless doors are better suited for those who want their home to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Natural lighting is not only better for the environment, but this can provide a unique atmosphere for your bathroom. These doors are also easier to maintain and can be customized in any way you wish. If you have the budget for it and the benefits are appealing to you, frameless might be the way to go.

Window Makeover Can Help

Our team at Window Makeover understands how important it is for your home to be properly maintained and pleasing for you and your family. If you need assistance choosing and installing a frameless or semi-framless shower door for your bathroom, contact us today and we’ll be ready to help.

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