What is a Frameless Glass Shower Door?
The frameless shower doors enclosure is made up of thicker glass that makes the bathroom accessory durable and sleek. Unlike framed enclosures, which have metal hardware to support thin panels, this one simply displays a panel as its main feature. Framed ones are usually lightweight but frameless showers use heavier yet more resilient material for an elegant appearance with lasting appeal
If you are looking to upgrade your bathroom, adding a frameless shower is one of the most stylish ways. There are many benefits and disadvantages that go along with this choice so let’s look at them in more detail below:
- Appearance: Frameless doors have a sleek, modern appearance that makes them popular with people who like minimalist styles. They are particularly nice for homeowners who want to make sure their door doesn’t cover the tiles underneath it.
- Cleanliness: A benefit of a door without a frame is that it’s much easier to clean. You’ll save time and spend less cash on cleaning supplies. On the other hand, framed units may eventually rust, corrode or grow mold under its seals.
- Customization: These frameless shower doors are precisely cut to the desired size. This makes them suitable for a wider range of bathrooms and showers compared with traditional framed glass units where you’d have limited options in terms of customizing your shower area more thoroughly.
- Illumination: Even though shower curtains and liners block out light, they allow more to enter the inside of a shower stall. You won’t need as many lights or windows in your bathroom because with less glass doors, there will be more natural lighting coming into the room from outside.
- Expense: Custom frameless shower doors are more expensive. They have thicker glass and heavy-duty hardware that adds to the overall cost of building them, making it harder for people on a budget such as students or those living in apartment buildings with rent control to purchase these units.
- Sealing: Frameless shower doors are more likely to leak and damage the bathroom floor. This is because there isn’t enough contact between it and the wall, so water can easily seep through tiny cracks or spaces in between them that weren’t visible before. The poor installation also increases this risk as they aren’t installed tightly with a properly placed head which could cause leaks if not set up correctly from day one of its use.
- Frameless Shower Doors Can Shatter: While rare, frameless shower doors are known to break. This is usually the result of damaged glass or severe changes in temperature and humidity. While tempered so that it won’t shatter into jagged shards, broken glass can still cut you! To prevent this from happening: check for loose hardware and fasteners regularly; examine your door’s glass periodically for cracks or chips; don’t slam on the door when going out/in a shower.
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