What are Frameless Shower Doors? Springfield Glass Company Explains

Frameless shower doors have become a popular choice in modern bathroom renovation, and for a good reason–they add contemporary style and elegance without sacrificing functionality. 

But if you’re new to these types of shower doors, you might wonder how they are designed and if they would be the right fit for your bathroom. In this blog post, Springfield Glass Company explains how frameless shower doors are designed and used. 

What Are Frameless Shower Doors?

Frameless shower doors are sturdy panels of tempered glass that do not need an aluminum frame to function. Frameless shower doors may have metal hinges or handles. 

Homeowners often choose them because of their modern and elegant design, but they also offer a more comprehensive range of motion (swinging both outward and inward) and are easier to clean than standard framed shower doors due to the absence of a metal track. 

Are They the Right Option for Me?

Frameless shower doors might be a good choice for you if:

  • You’re looking for an updated, modern design
  • You have a smaller bathroom and could use a shower that opens inward
  • You want to be able to clean your shower more thoroughly and easily
  • Your budget will allow for a slightly more expensive shower design

Are They a DIY Project?

This type of shower door is not recommended as a DIY project because glass shower doors must fit properly. If your measurements are even slightly off, the heavy glass on your doors is at risk of shattering, dragging, or allowing water to leak out, causing costly damage. 

Your best option is to call a professional to handle your frameless glass shower door installation from start to finish.  

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Frameless Shower Glass Installation at Springfield Glass Company 

The experts at Springfield Glass Company are ready to help you enjoy the luxury of a custom frameless shower enclosure! We have over 30 years of experience in residential shower glass installation and can complete your project with precision and integrity. Call us today at 417-883-6555 for a free estimate, or contact us online.

4 Important Reasons Your Frameless Shower Door Must Fit Correctly

What’s not to love about a frameless shower door? They offer a modern, minimalist look with a light and airy feel while providing an unobstructed view of your beautiful tile and shower design. Plus, there’s no pesky metal track to try and keep clean! 

While frameless shower doors may sound like the perfect fit, it’s vitally important that they be installed correctly, or your beautiful new shower could become a costly mess! 

In this blog, Springfield Glass shares four essential reasons why your frameless shower door must fit correctly. 

Risk of Shattering

Frameless shower doors use thicker, heavier glass and do not have a metal frame for support, so even minor measurement errors could lead to shattered glass. Shattered glass is a safety hazard for your family as well as a financial strain, but you can eliminate that risk by choosing to hire a trusted professional like our experts at Springfield Glass.

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Dragging or Sticking Doors

If your frameless shower door is dragging or won’t open or close, it could be due to a measurement error. Trying to pull or force a glass door open risks shattering, scratching, or chipping your glass, which is costly to repair and virtually impossible to do yourself. Ensuring proper glass fitting will prevent this issue.

Leaks and Water Damage

Frameless shower doors don’t have an edge of rubber or metal at the bottom, so a gap between the door and the floor of your shower exists. If the gap is too large due to imperfect measurement, this could cause water to leak or gush out of your shower, causing costly water damage and a giant headache. An expert at Springfield Glass will ensure that your glass is measured and installed flawlessly, easily avoiding potential leaks. 

Cost of Repair

While frameless shower doors are aesthetically beautiful, they are significantly more costly than conventional shower doors. If you decide to invest your hard-earned money in a beautiful frameless door, you’ll want it to last a long time and require little maintenance. Choosing a trusted company like Springfield glass will ensure your door is fitted correctly, reducing the need for replacement and repair and providing you with a product that will stand the test of time. 

Springfield Glass: Work You Can Trust

Springfield Glass has over 30 years of experience in glass installation, repair, and design. You can trust our experts to take the time and care to properly install your frameless shower door, eliminating the risk of shattering leaks and costly repairs or replacements. Call us today at 417-883-6555 for a free estimate, or contact us online.

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.