Framed and Frameless Showers: Which is Best for You?

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When you are designing a bathroom, you have many options to create the perfect look. A glass shower enclosure is great way to add a look of sophistication and elegance to your bathroom design. As you look at options for shower enclosures, you’ll see that there are a few different types. This comparison of framed and frameless showers may help you select the one that is best for you.

• Framed and frameless showers are both made with tempered glass


  • Thinner glass, which makes installation easier
  • Aluminum framing can come in a variety of colors, finishes, and textures
  • Framed shower enclosures have a heavier barrier to prevent leaks
  • Shower doors can be sliding doors or swinging doors
  • More cost-effective
  • Sliding door track may corrode or grow mold or mildew, but this can be prevented with regular cleaning
  • More traditional style


  • Installation is more labor-intensive as the clips used to hold the shower together must be perfectly level
  • Silicone caulking and rubber gaskets are used to prevent leaking
  • Less likely to collect mold or mildew
  • Usually treated to prevent water spots, which makes them easier to keep clean
  • Easier to create custom looks, can come with one door or French doors
  • Less cost-efficient
  • More contemporary style


  • Framed and frameless showers are both made with tempered glass, so if they break it will be in rounded pieces, not shards
  • Costs vary based on whether you choose an in-stock model or a custom build
  • Can last 20-30 years with proper maintenance

When choosing between framed and frameless showers, come and talk to our team at All Glass. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and get you set up with the perfect option for you.