When designing your bathroom, choosing a shower door can set the tone for the entire space. And there are a lot of options to consider when choosing a shower door. Type of door type of glass or framed or frameless doors. There are a few things to understand regarding these different types of doors.

While both doors are glass, a framed door will typically be thinner as the Frame supports the door. Frames are usually made from aluminum. Aluminum frames will be coated in a variety of colors or types of finishes. You can choose the type of finish you’d like to match the style for the bathroom you are designing. You can also select a frame that is smooth or textured. 

Pros and cons of Framed Doors:


-Provide More Stability- This style of the door provides more long-term stability for the door. The Frame holds the door in place and up.

-Easy installation- The design of framed doors often creates a more straightforward structure using a sliding rack or hinges; this method of installation is significantly less labor-intensive than framed doors.

-Better water seal- installing a framed door allows for a more consistent seal all the way around the door. This helps ensure that water leaks will not develop over time.


-Budget-Friendly- this version of the shower door is going to be the most budget-friendly option


-Hard to maintain- Framed doors may be prone to corrosion over time. Water may also get into the Frame, which is hard to keep clean. This may lead to mold and mildew issues.

-Can appear outdated- Choosing a framed door with a particular colored frame may become outdated. While other aspects of your bathroom may be easily updated, the shower door may not be as easy to update.

Pros of Frameless Shower Doors

Frameless Doors are typically made from thicker glass so they can support themselves. The door is usually on a hinge set into the mirror to help sweep the door open or shut. Additionally, frameless doors are typically edged with silicone or some other form of seal to prevent water from leaking out.

Either type of shower door chosen must be installed by a professional. Typically, installing a frameless door may be more work as the hinges or clips holding the door in place need to be perfectly installed to ensure the door remains in place over time and that the door is level all around to ensure it fits squarely. Thinner framed shower doors are slightly easier to install as they’re lighter. The framed door likely clips into an accessible pre-designed space.

The difference in labor for the two different types of doors also translates into the cost of installation. For a complete cost estimation please reach out to Showercrafters today. In general, the structure of frameless doors will cost more than the installation of a framed door.

Another important consideration when considering a framed or frameless shower door is the long-term maintenance and condition of the doors. Because framed doors have a heavier barrier all the way around, they are less likely to have water leaks over time. However, the use of metal can lead to corrosion over time. Framed doors may also lead to mold and mildew because it’s hard to clean. Frameless doors, because held up with caulk, are prone to cracking over time and developing leaks. However, they are also less likely to contribute to mold or mildew issues because they will not retain water over time.

There is a lot to consider when choosing a shower door, even down to frameless or frameless doors. Let Showercrafters help you design the bathroom of your dreams, and reach out for an estimate today!

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