Framed v. Frameless Shower Doors: Why Frameless Is the Future
Few things really make your home bathroom pop and shine like the shower design. One problem that countless homeowners run into, however, comes by way of choosing the overall style. Generally speaking, there are two main options: framed shower doors and frameless shower doors.
Both have considerable advantages and benefits, from cost and appearance, to functionality and design customization. There are even some similarities between the two, such as the use of safety glass in both varieties, as mandated by law. Also: no more shower curtains!
All that being said, though, one of the two options turns out to be the clear winner. We believe this to be true both now and moving into the future. Read on to discover the winner and find out how you can benefit from making the switch today.
Pros and Cons of Framed Shower Doors
Let’s a look at the main pros and cons of framed shower doors, which have traditionally had the upper hand due to cost and widespread availability.
Pro: Typically Less Expensive
One significant benefit of opting for a framed shower door is the cost. Due to their ability to be mass-produced on a large scale, the price for framed shower doors is often significantly less than their frameless counterpart. For homeowners on a budget, framed shower doors are often an easy decision.
Con: Less Open Bathroom Appearance
Despite their lower price point, framed shower doors tend to appear closed off, especially compared to frameless options. This is due to the simple fact that framed shower doors have, well, a frame.
This additional bit of stainless steel, brushed nickel, or other metal naturally blocks certain areas from view that would otherwise be visible through frameless glass.
Con: Door Only Opens in One Direction
Many people may be unaware of this peculiar facet of framed shower doors: they can only open in one direction. Due to the frame itself, the shower door cannot swing both ways. This may even present difficulties for individuals with extremely limited mobility.
Con: Fewer Options, Less Customization
The final disadvantage to framed shower doors is their lack of customization. As a general rule, a towel bar is a towel bar, and the same goes for framed shower doors. Most models are usually produced on a large scale. This makes them cheaper (as we mentioned above), but it also means that there are fewer options for customization. If you’re looking for something you can design to your personal style or aesthetic, then framed shower doors may not be the way to go.
Pros and Cons of Frameless Shower Doors
Now, let’s take a look at frameless shower doors to see how they stack up against their framed counterparts.
Pro: Open and Clear Bathroom Design
In stark contrast to the framed options, frameless shower doors create a considerable feeling of openness in bathrooms. Without a frame to block your line of sight, the bathroom will likely feel much more spacious and even more clean, simply by virtue of removing the metal frame from the shower enclosures.
Pro: Doors Open in Both Directions (Inward and Outward)
Again, as opposed to framed shower doors, the frameless varieties have the ability to open in both directions, inward and outward. This not only offers more versatility for getting into or out of the shower, but it also creates more openness by not blocking the space right in front of the shower entrance.
Pro: More Flexibility with Custom Glass Options
While framed shower doors are often produced on a large scale, frameless shower doors are quite the opposite. Frameless shower doors usually offer much more customization and can be cut and sized to nearly any specification. With this in mind, homeowners looking to create something special and unique will nearly always find frameless glass the clear winner (pun intended).
Con: Usually More Expensive
The only real drawback to frameless shower glass is that it’s usually more expensive. As we discussed earlier, framed shower doors often get made in such big quantities that they can be sold at a lower price. But, because frameless glass is often customized to fit the needs of each particular home and bathroom space, the cost usually tends to exceed that of the framed options.
Why Frameless Shower Doors Are the Future
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits and advantages to choosing either framed or frameless shower doors for your bathroom. On the one hand, framed shower doors are widely available and often offered at a very palatable price for the budget-conscious homeowner.
On the other hand, frameless shower doors, while sometimes more expensive, have far more qualities to offer:
- Open and clear bathroom design
- Doors open in both directions (in and out)
- More flexibility and unique customization options
Not only that, but frameless shower doors tend to elevate the look and feel of a bathroom space, making it feel more exclusive, and therefore, more expensive. This is a huge benefit for homeowners looking to increase their overall property value.
With all this in mind, it seems pretty clear that frameless glass is the winner. Moving forward, we expect this trend to continue. We believe that more and more homeowners will recognize the many advantages of choosing frameless shower doors for their bathrooms, both in new construction and home renovation projects down the line.
Discover the Difference of Frameless Glass
If you want to give your bathroom a facelift, then we highly recommend upgrading from a framed shower door to a frameless shower door. Stop by our showrooms in Columbia to see our frameless shower glass doors and more that we have on hand for yourself. Discover the difference that frameless glass can make in your home’s bathrooms today, and into the future. Give us a call or an email today to get started.
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