What is the difference between a frameless and Semi-Frameless Shower?

The choice between a frameless and Semi-Frameless Shower Farmers Branch is a matter of personal taste and style. Both styles normally involve a hinged glass door that gives the feeling of walking into a separate room for your shower. The door shuts behind you and soon you are awash in steamy comfort. With either style, you can bid farewell to a mildewed shower curtain.

A semi-frameless shower maintains a more traditional appearance, though some would label it an old-fashioned style. The door sits within a metal frame, but the door itself only has a metal channel on the hinge side. The top, bottom and handle side are smooth glass.

A frameless shower has a more modern and dramatic look. A minimal amount of metal is used, often just for the hinges of the door. This reduces the amount of visual separation between the shower area and the rest of the bathroom, allowing you to make a small space look larger. If you want to highlight your tilework or shower fixtures, this might be the style for you.

There are also some differences in construction between the semi-frameless shower and the frameless shower. A frameless shower uses heavy 3/8” to 1/2” glass. While this can give sturdiness to the shower, the heavier glass may raise the price of the project. Due to the small number of hardware parts in a frameless shower, this style is easier to customize and repair than the semi-frameless shower. It is also easier to clean, requiring only a few swipes with a squeegee after use. However, due to the same minimal design, frameless showers are not very adjustable and need to be constructed with great precision. A poorly constructed frameless shower can leave gaps where water can leak through, pooling on your bathroom floor.

A semi-frameless shower uses 1/4” to 3/8” glass so is still quite sturdy. Because there is some amount of framing involved, semi-frameless showers are more adjustable than their frameless counterparts. The lighter glass and adjustability can make this shower less expensive to install. However, that larger amount of framing also leaves more surfaces on which water can collect and sit, opening the possibility of growth for that eternal hazard of the bathroom, mold.

If you are thinking of updating your bathroom, either a Semi-Frameless Shower Farmers Branch or a frameless shower will be a good choice. There are many design options for both styles. Pick your preference and enjoy the look of your new shower.

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