What's more important? Framed vs. Frameless
It is important to understand the Pros and Cons of both framed and frameless shower door systems.
Pros to a Framed Door:
- Normally not very expensive. (Usually framed with aluminum and using a thin tempered glass).
- They normally do a very good job at retaining water due to all the overlaying metal.
- They work very well as steam enclosures.
- Their frames can come in different painted enamel finishes as well as traditional metal finishes.
- They offer an incredible array of decorative glass options.
Cons to a Framed Door:
- They normally come in standard heights that now look very short by today’s standards.
- Excessive metal distracts from nice tile work and other bathroom fixtures.
- Look extremely dated and is not normally found in a master bathroom by today’s standards.
Pros to a Frameless Enclosure:
- Nothing says WOW! Like a frameless shower door over a nice tile job. (The look and feel is amazing).
- Being custom built they lend themselves to almost any sizing requirements. (Not limited to stock sizing).
- Almost unlimited design layouts. (Only limited to the basic laws of physics).
- Many unique hardware options to further the custom look.
Cons to a Frameless Enclosure:
- Much more looks than function (they rely heavily on clear polycarbonate wipes to help retain water).
- Much more prone to leak water