The Pros and Cons of Installing Frameless Shower Glass Doors

With a new house or apartment comes certain needs to make it feel like home. A shower is a typical example of this. When you install a shower, a shower door is essentially part of the package. So, a popular one that you could buy is a frameless shower door. To get a proper all around gauge on its advantages and disadvantages, here’s a list of its pros and cons.


Pro 1

Customizability of Frameless Shower Doors:

Your shower installation becomes easier as frameless shower doors can be tailored to your bath area dimensions, regardless of its size. This means you won’t be limited to the same generic designs you’ll see in most houses that you visit. Frameless shower doors are custom made for different shower sizes.

Buying a rectangle shower door off the shelves, for your shower might not be suitable since adjustment will need to be made for it to perfectly fit your shower. And at that point, adjustments might lead to a displeasing design. So, with frameless shower doors, you have a range of choices on your side. Even the glass is available in varied thicknesses and quality, for you to take a pick.


Con 1

Frameless glass shower doors cost more than other shower doors. Due to the quality of the material used during production of the shower glasses, costs get higher. Custom glass showers are usually priced anywhere between $500 to $4000 depending on your preferences, though these are one time investments for something custom made for you.


Pro 2

Frameless shower doors are beautifully designed and made with top of the line materials to produce appealing items that the phrase “eye candy” will be the perfect for. You don’t want your shower door to be identical to your neighbors, do you?


Con 2

Functionality will be reduced as a result of the beautiful design and materials that are used in making the glass doors. Framed shower doors have rubbers or seals to tightly secure the door to glass shower enclosures – this is simply used to prevent leaks. While frameless doors are cut with high accuracy to perfectly fit the shower, which makes this production method imperfect as it does not prevent leaks.


Pro 3

Frameless shower doors minimize the risk of growing mold. Since they perfectly fit the showers they were custom made for, small spaces where mold can grow isn’t available. Unlike framed shower doors that allow mold to develop. Mold or water accumulation isn’t good for hygiene, cleanliness, and health, and should be avoided at all costs.

Also, glass replacement is easier as a result of the design used. Which coincidentally makes cleaning them easier than framed shower doors.


Con 3

Although this rarely occurs there’s an off chance that it could, so you should be aware. Frameless shower doors can shatter, especially if the glass is really thin. Small scratches and cuts can be made on the body on the off chance that the shower was being used at that moment when the glass was shattered.

Glass doors are made from tempered glass, which has the inherent property to shatter into small pieces as a safety precaution. This is actually much safer than the glass breaking into big pieces that can cause deep wounds.


In summary, these advantages and disadvantages are some of the most important ones you should know. Specialty glass for shower doors is just one of the many glass products that we make.

If you’re looking to give your shower a makeover, give Michael’s Glass Company a call at (215) 338-3293 to learn how we can create a unique shower space just for you. You can also take a look at some of our recent projects here, to help you get an idea of what you’re looking for!