Frameless shower doors, like their name would suggest, are an alternative type of shower door that do not have a frame. This unique method of construction gives frameless shower doors a number of distinct advantages and disadvantages when compared to traditional shower doors. Understanding what a frameless shower door has to offer your bathroom can help you decide whether or not installing one would be the right choice for your needs.
Advantages of Frameless Shower Doors
Aesthetic Appeal: The main reason why most homeowners decide to have a frameless shower door installed in their bathroom is the aesthetic appeal which they hold. Their lack of a frame provides a clean and smooth appearance to your shower enclosure which looks quite modern. Furthermore, the lack of a frame can help make small bathrooms seem much larger than they really are.
Ease of Maintenance: Another large advantage of frameless shower doors is the fact that they do not have metal tracks or a metal frame, which helps reduce the chances of rust and mold from occurring. This also makes the maintenance process of frameless shower doors much easier when compared to their framed counterparts, as they only require the large glass surface of the door to be cleaned.
Disadvantages of Frameless Shower Doors
Price: Perhaps the largest drawback of having a frameless shower door installed is the high price tag that comes with it when compared to traditional framed shower doors. This higher price tag is because frameless shower doors are made out of heavier, thicker glass and also commonly need to be custom made (depending on the manufacturer and the size of your shower enclosure). Furthermore, the heavier weight of the door adds to the complexity of the installation process, which is already more difficult as there is no frame for the door to be installed into.
Leaking: It is possible that frameless shower doors will leak a small amount of water out of the sides or the bottom of the door due to the lack of the frame, which becomes much more likely if you do not have a custom made door. Though this may not happen depending on the exact structure of your shower enclosure and the specific type of frameless shower door that you have installed, it is still something to keep in mind, as leaking water can lead to mold growth and hard water stains elsewhere in your bathroom.