There are two popular shower door options, framed and frameless shower doors. It can be hard to decide between the two because they are both great options. However, they both play different roles as a part of your bathroom. Here is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of both framed and frameless shower doors.
Framed Shower Doors
- Framed shower doors provide more stability to the glass the frame holds. A frame reduces the risk of shattering.
- Framed shower doors are budget friendly and cost less than frameless shower doors.
- They are easier to install.
- Framed shower doors keep in more water because water gets caught in the track. The frame itself also prevents water from leaking through.
- Framed shower doors can only open outward. You can have a sliding glass door as well but opening out and sliding are the only two options you have with framed doors.
- The maintenance of framed shower doors is more frequent. The metal the frame is made from can corrode over time because of water buildup. Filth and water can also cause mildew, and even lead to mold, around the shower frame.
- Framed shower doors are not as nice to look at these days. They are more outdated than frameless shower doors.
Frameless Shower Doors
- There are a lot of custom styles you can choose from if you go with frameless shower doors.
- Your shower will have a very clean, simple and sleek appearance with frameless doors. They will make your bathroom feel bigger and emphasize other design aspects in your bathroom. They enhance the style of your bathroom rather than take away from it.
- Since there is no metal frame, there is no corrosion. Frameless shower doors are also a lot easier to clean and maintain. The risk of mold is also lessened there is less hardware for water to build up on.
- Frameless shower doors will up the value of your home since they are the most popular option for shower doors these days.
- Frameless shower doors are more expensive up front. This is because of the thicker glass that has to be used in order to make the doors.
- They are more prone to leaking if not installed properly.
- Though it is rare, frameless glass doors can be more prone to breaking than framed doors.
As you can see, framed and frameless shower doors both have a good amount of appeal. This list of advantages and disadvantages will help you make the decision that is best for your home. If you need help looking into different framed and frameless shower doors, give us a call at All Glass and we will help you find exactly what you need.