We spend a large part of our lives in our homes which includes our bathrooms. So it’s no surprise that when we’re looking to transform our homes, upgrading our bathroom is at the top of the list. One of the most crucial design elements, and often the centerpiece of our bathrooms is our shower. Our showers are such a large part of our daily routines, so it makes sense that it would be a large remodeling focus.

If you’re considering a shower remodeling project, one of the first things to consider is what style of shower you’d like to see in your bathroom. There are two main types: Showers with frames and those without. Not sure where to begin? Here’s the difference between frameless and framed glass shower doors.

What are Frameless Glass Shower Doors?

Frameless glass shower doors are composed of panels of sturdy, thick glass, eliminating the need for metal support frames. This results in a clean, more modern appearance, and truly makes the shower the focal part of your bathroom.

Many homeowners find that frameless glass shower doors can offer them endless possibilities of design options, giving a more custom feel to the shower. From a design perspective, frameless shower doors also can highlight shower tiles, hardware, or any other special features.
Additionally, a frameless option requires less maintenance and cleaning than its framed counterparts, as the crevices in framed glass may hold more soap scum and debris.

Although there are numerous benefits to frameless options, there are a few drawbacks. As we said before, frameless glass is much thicker, and that ultimately can contribute to a higher cost at installation, so budget accordingly. Frameless glass shower doors are also more complicated to install, meaning you’ll need to leave it to the experts rather than conducting a do-it-yourself project.

What are Framed Glass Shower Doors?

Framed glass shower doors include heavy-duty framing around the door opening and each panel. Framed glass shower doors are a great option if you’re looking to upgrade from a traditional shower curtain closure for your shower.

A framed shower glass door will use thinner glass compared to its frameless counterparts. This is because the frame gives the support necessary for the enclosure. Framed glass doors also come in different shades, colors, and finishes, allowing you to match other fixtures in your bathroom.

When compared to shower curtains, a framed glass shower is sealed to prevent any leaks or spills. They are also a more cost-effective option when it comes to upgrading. Framed glass shower doors are also easier and require less time to install. However, if you’re not experienced, we recommend contacting glass shower door experts.

Whether you’re looking to transform your bathroom into an at-home spa, or simply looking to upgrade your shower, a good place to start is by seeking out glass experts who specialize in both frameless and framed shower door installations. With our expertise at Premier Glass Austin, we can help you select the option that best suits your bathroom layout and design preferences. Contact us today for a complimentary in-home consultation today!