The Pros and Cons of Framed and Frameless Shower Doors

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by WPO-admin

Pros and Cons

When it comes to purchasing a shower door, you must first decide one thing — framed or frameless? Though it might seem like the choice is primarily a matter of taste, there are a few other factors you should add into your decision. So whether you are looking for space, style, or durability, here are the pros and cons you should consider before your next shower door purchase:

The Pros

Framed: Looking for less of a mess? Framed doors are excellent for keeping water in. Due to the seals and sweeps, you can place them anywhere without any need to worry about a leak. They have a long lifespan, are economically more affordable, and are perfect for supporting any decorative glass.

Frameless: A durable, easy to clean option — your frameless glass door choices are endless! They come in any style, or size and are extremely customizable. Bonus —  if you opt for a frameless door, your tile work will also be better displayed with no metal frames to block the view.  

The Cons

Framed: More of a traditional look, if a modern look is what you’re going for, you might want to think frameless. Beyond style, your shape and size options are also limited. If you are worried about space — ditch the frame. Due to the structure, framed doors are only opened outward making them not ideal for a small bathroom.

Frameless: A more expensive option, frameless doors are also not the easiest to install. They lack seals and sweeps which can increase your chance of possible leaks. If positioned in the right place, you’ll be leak free, but this also limits your chances of where to put the door and shower head. So if you are indecisive about location and positioning, this option isn’t for you.


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