The Pros and Cons of Installing Frameless Shower Glass Doors

It’s important that you make your new house or apartment truly feel like a home, and a new shower upgrade is a great way to achieve this. When you install or improve a shower, the shower door is essentially part of the package. One type of shower door that has gained recent attention is the frameless shower door. Here is a list of pros and cons of frameless shower doors to help you decide if they’re right for you.

Pro 1

Your shower installation is easier since frameless glass shower doors can be tailored to your bath area dimensions, regardless of how big or small. This means you won’t be limited to the same designs you see in most houses that you visit. Frameless shower doors are custom-made to accommodate different shower sizes and bathroom designs.

Buying traditional shower doors for your shower might not be suitable due to the fact that you will need to adjust it to make it fit perfectly since they often come in standard sizes. And at that point, adjustments might lead to an unappealing design. With frameless shower doors, you have a range of choices on your side. Even the glass is available in varied thicknesses and quality.

Con 1

Frameless glass shower doors often cost more than standard shower doors. Due to the quality of the material used during production of the shower glasses, costs may increase significantly. Custom glass showers can usually cost anywhere between $500 to $4000 depending on your preferences, but these are one-time investments for something custom-made for you, so frameless glass doors may be worth the price.

Pro 2

Frameless shower doors are beautifully designed and manufactured from top-of-the-line materials to produce visually stunning and unique items. You can select clear glass or frosted class, large panels or small, heavier glass or light, and much more. The possibilities are virtually endless and there are countless design ideas to choose from.

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 rubber seals to tightly secure the door to glass shower enclosures to minimize and prevent leaks. Frameless doors, however, are cut with high accuracy to perfectly fit the shower, which makes this production method slightly less favorable as it does not prevent leaks.

Pro 3

Frameless glass shower doors minimize the risk of mold. Since they perfectly fit the showers they were designed for, small spaces where mold can grow isn’t available, unlike framed shower doors that can allow mold to develop within the metal frame. Mold or water accumulation isn’t good for hygiene, cleanliness, and health, and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to always clean off shower curtains, shower tiles, and the bathroom floor to prevent growth around your shower enclosures.

Also, glass replacement is easier as a result of the design used, making them simpler to clean and maintain than framed shower doors.

Con 3

Although this rarely occurs, there’s a small chance that frameless shower doors can break, especially if the heavier glass is very thin. This could lead to some injuries on the off chance that the shower is in use when the glass shatters. This is something to be aware of when investing in a frameless shower enclosure.

Most glass doors are made from tempered glass, which shatters into small pieces as a safety precaution. This is much safer than the glass panels breaking into big pieces, which can cause deep wounds.

Before you take on a major home improvement project such as a bathroom remodel, it’s crucial that you understand these pros &cons when looking at frameless shower doors. 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!