Difference Between Frameless and Semi-frameless Showers

If you’re looking to modernize your bathroom and shower, one of the key decisions you’ll need to make is whether to go with a frameless or semi-frameless shower enclosure.  Both options offer advantages and disadvantages – not only in terms of function, but also in the design statement you want to make.  It’s always recommended to consult with a professional to help you weigh all factors, but following are some comparisons to assist you in beginning the process.

Frameless_8Frameless Shower Enclosures
A frameless shower enclosure is typically installed with the use of specially designed hardware (clamps and hinges), which leave the edges of the glass exposed.   The pros and cons of Frameless Shower Enclosures include:

·    Sleek and modern look, with a sophisticated and elegant appearance that will never become outdated
·    Easy to clean
·    Allows you to see the tile work in your shower
·    Makes a small space look larger
·    It lets in the natural light
·    Its minimalistic design doesn’t detract from your bathroom design
·    Has a longer life span
·    More expensive
·    Due to the heavy glass, it can be more time-consuming to install

SemiFrameless_1Semi-Frameless Shower Enclosures
Semi-frameless enclosures are a hybrid that is primarily a framed enclosure that leaves some edges of the glass exposed, providing some of the effect of frameless.

·    Cost effective.  Semi-frameless shower enclosures offer a clean and streamlined look without the expense of a fully frameless enclosure.
·    More parts needed for installation
·    Less of a sleek and contemporary appearance

Of course, fully-framed enclosures are yet another option.  Although typically more budget friendly than frameless and semi-frameless, framed enclosures offer limited design options and layout because doors can only open outward.  They are also more outdated in their appearance.

Consult with Glass N Pane today to see what option will work best for your design and budget needs!