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Pros and Cons: Framed vs. Frameless Shower Doors

You’ve decided to get a new glass shower door, but you’re still not sure what look you want. Should you go with frameless or framed? It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Below are a few of the pros and cons to keep in mind when making your decision.

Frameless Shower Doors

Pro: A frameless shower door is great because it eliminates the need for any metal support by using heavier glass. The tempered glass is dense enough to support itself. 

Con: While it’s great to not need any metal support, keep in mind that the glass tends to be heavier and installation is best left to the professionals. The last thing you would want is to accidentally break that beautiful piece of glass you just bought.

Pro: Frameless glass shower doors have a streamlined, updated look. The lack of metal support lends its hand to a seamless, minimalistic design that opens up the space. If you get a clear glass shower door, you can also showcase any tile work that you have done.

Con: Although the frameless glass doors look more attractive, any gaps between the glass door, glass panels, or walls may cause water to leak onto your floor. You can avoid this by making sure your showerhead isn’t aimed at the door.

Pro: Frameless doors are easier to clean. There’s also less chance of mold or mildew accumulating because there aren’t a lot of places where water can collect.

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Overall: Frameless showers have a sleek look and are easier to clean. These glass shower doors easily match the look of any bathroom and can be customized to your personal style and taste. They add flexibility to any remodel and are made to fit your bathroom. But all these great things will come at a cost and if you aren’t careful, could result in leakage.

Framed Shower Doors

Pro: A framed shower door relies on metal support and is made from thinner glass. These are more cost effective because they don’t require heavier glass and are easier to install. 

Con: Even though it’s more cost effective, the metal support on a framed shower door may appear a little bulky and the glass a little flimsy compared to a frameless shower door.

Pro: A framed shower won’t leak as much because there aren’t any gaps between the door and other parts of the shower. It keeps water where it belongs, so there’s no leakage.

Con: Although water won’t likely leak, it can build up under the door seals, which could allow mold and mildew to grow. Hence, they won’t be as easy to clean as a frameless shower door and repairing them might be difficult.

Pro: If you buy from a reputable company, like Arrow Glass & Mirror, Inc., a framed shower door could last up to 10 years.

Related: Better Design: Shower Doors or Curtains?

Overall: A framed shower door may not look as nice as a frameless door, but it will be cheaper, and you shouldn’t have any problems with leakage. These could also last just as long as a frameless glass shower door if you buy a quality shower door. However, they won’t be as easy to clean, and mold and mildew could grow.

If you’re looking to install a new glass shower door, contact Arrow Glass & Mirror today!

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