Framed vs. Frameless Glass Showers: Compare and Contrast

Square frame glass walled shower

Whether you’re remodeling your existing bathroom or putting in a new one, you can benefit from a glass shower door installation. Since there are different varieties of showers, there are various options for shower doors. If you’re choosing between a framed or frameless shower door, the Springfield Glass Company can help. Read on as we compare the positive and negative attributes of both types of shower doors.

Framed Shower Doors

Framed showers are usually made from thinner glass and lighter materials. The frame supports the glass door, which can swing open or slide on a track, but sliding framed doors are more common. The frame is made of aluminum and may be powder-coated in a range of finishes and colors. The frame can be textured or smooth, and glass is sealed into the frame to prevent water leaks. 


Framed glass showers are generally cost-effective and useful for tight spaces. Also, the installation process is slightly quicker and less complicated than it is for frameless showers.


Typically, framed shower doors are more difficult to keep clean, and your customization options are more limited.   

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Frameless Shower Doors

Frameless showers doors have a thicker pane and are a premium selection for your bathroom. A professional will use hinges or other hardware to install a durable, heavy piece of glass that swings or slides open. You can customize the door to fit your exact shower space. The door often has a rubber sweep at the bottom to hold water in the shower. 


Frameless glass showers have many benefits. With less hardware, they are more open and easier to clean than framed showers. They also add beauty and charm to any bathroom space. 


The main downside of frameless shower doors is that they cost more than framed ones.

Which One Is Right for Me?

As you can see, each option presents benefits and drawbacks. Your selection may depend on your budget and current shower space. For a more traditional shower, choose a framed glass door. If you desire a more contemporary shower, go with a frameless door. When they are properly maintained, both types of shower doors can last for 20-30 years. 

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Contact Us for All Your Glass Shower Needs

Springfield Glass Company provides glass shower doors and enclosures that are tailored to our customers’ needs. If you have additional questions about the cost, design, or installation process, give us a call. We offer free estimates, and all of our glass comes with a one-year warranty. Contact our experienced team today.

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