Shower Enclosure Styles
Glass shower enclosures come in a number of different styles. When it comes to remodeling your
bathroom, choosing a style should be your first step in the design process. Perhaps you want to
stick with the same style of shower enclosure that you currently have, or maybe to you want to
upgrade the look to something new. We’re here to help provide info about what shower enclosure
styles are available so you can decide what’s best for your home’s bathroom.
Framed Shower Doors vs. Semi-Frameless Shower Doors vs. Frameless Shower Doors
Choosing what style of framing you want for your shower is the first step in choosing an
enclosure. There are pros and cons to each of the styles listed above so we’ll take an in-depth
look at each and break down the differences for you.
Framed Shower Doors
Framed shower doors are probably what you typically picture when you think about a shower
enclosure. These enclosures feature metal framing the surrounds all four corners of all glass
panels and secures the enclosure to the bathroom walls. The framing provides structural
integrity, so the glass itself can be relatively thin. This means that the units relatively
inexpensive. They have also come a long way aesthetically. Framing has become thinner and is
typically available in a variety of finishes to suit any taste. The glass itself can generally
be found in a variety of finishes too from frosted to clear and a number of options in between.
Semi-Frameless Shower Doors
Semi-frameless shower doors are a halfway point between framed shower doors and frameless shower
doors. Typically, semi-frameless shower doors will feature framing on one or more glass
panels. This could mean that some panels will be framed in place while the door remains
frameless. Or it could mean that all panels are framed along the top and bottom, but do not have
framing in between. There are many variations of this with nearly endless possibilities of
Semi-frameless shower doors are more aesthetically appealing than framed shower doors because
sight lines are minimized due to reduced amounts of framing. This could be a good option for
those who want an updated look in their bathroom but don’t care for the contemporary look of a
fully frameless shower enclosure.
Frameless Shower Doors
Frameless shower doors are trending in today’s interior design world. These sleek looking shower
enclosures minimize sight lines due to not having any framing. Framing is instead replaced by
individual pieces of hardware. The hardware is used to anchor the glass to walls, join separate
pieces of glass, and allow the shower door to operate. The hardware is very visible and exposed
which makes it an aesthetic element of the shower enclosure.
Without framing, the shower door glass must comprise much of the enclosure’s structural
integrity. This means that the glass is often much thicker and heavier than the glass used in
framed or semi-frameless shower doors. Frameless shower doors can also require more skill to
install than framed systems. Therefore, the cost of frameless shower door systems is, on
average, a bit higher than the other types of shower door enclosures.
Glass Shower Enclosure Design
After you’ve decided about a framed, semi-frameless and frameless style glass shower door
enclosure, the next step is to decide on the design. If you’re replacing an existing unit, are
you going to stick with something similar to what currently exists? If so, you’ll want to choose
an enclosure that matches the shape and measurements. If you plan to remodel your bathroom with
something different, there are a nearly limitless number of shapes and design options to choose
from. From square, to rectangular, angular, or even round, the shape of a glass shower enclosure
can be built to suit your bathroom. Walls can be utilized to limit the amount of glass that
needs to be used. Or, for a luxurious and chic look, you could even have a free-standing
enclosure that uses glass on all sides. The sky is the limit.
Once you have a style and design in mind, it’s time to move on to shower door hardware.
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