Are Framed Or Frameless Shower Doors Best For Your Home?

Posted on: 27 July 2015

When designing custom shower doors for your home, there are various aspects for you to consider before finally settling on a design. One of those is whether to opt for framed or frameless. Each one has its pros and cons that should be factored into your decision.    

Framed Shower Doors

The most common type of doors you will find in bathrooms is the framed doors. If you are working within a tight budget, framed doors are usually the best option because they are typically inexpensive. Even though they are the cheaper option, they work well at retaining water due to the design. You also have an array of finishes from which you can choose. To add to your doors' style, you can choose decorative glass. 

There are some disadvantages to the framed doors, though. Depending on the space that you have designated for the shower, they can appear to be short. If you opt for custom instead of factory made shower doors, you can overcome this, though. Another possible con of framed doors is that they are considered to be outdated. Newer, more modern homes tend to feature frameless shower doors. If you are selling your home, this could play a role in how potential buyers view your home. 

Frameless Shower Doors

Frameless shower doors are the more expensive option, but they are also considered the more high-end option. The doors tend to have a more sleek design that fits in with most decors, including a minimalist approach. Frameless doors are also easy to clean. Instead of having to worry about the metal finishes that come with a framed door, you only have to focus on the actual glass. The lack of a metal finish also means that there is no risk of corrosion. 

In addition to the cost being a disadvantage, there is also the possibility that the doors might leak. The leaking water could result in damage to your flooring and encourage the growth of mildew. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this. For instance, the positioning of your showerhead plays a role in whether or not the water leaks. With a custom build, the showerhead placement is factored in to give the best experience possible.  

Whether you choose the framed or frameless doors, using a custom design gives you more freedom to make the choices that are right for your bathroom. A custom shower door professional can help ensure that you have not only the right fit but style to suit your needs and tastes.