Framed Shower Doors VS Frameless Shower Doors


With the improvement of living standards, more and more people choose Glass Shower Doors for their bathroom.

Showers are an indispensable part of most bathrooms, increasing property value and enhancing the functionality of the room. Many homeowners ultimately decide to install Shower Doors instead of curtains to help complete the room. Although there are many configurations and styles of Shower Doors, they are usually divided into two types: Framed Shower Doors and Frameless Shower Doors. Both have positive and negative considerations. We will outline these below so that you can choose your bathroom more wisely.


About Aesthetic:

Framed Shower Doors may be a little cumbersome, and its style is relatively fixed, which may make space a little oppressive, but its stability is good enough.

There is no doubt about the appearance of the Frameless Shower Doors, especially if there are transparent or preferably super-transparent glass panels to make the bathroom, especially the small bathroom appear bigger. Because there is no frame, the shower has a timeless style, although the trend is changing with each passing day, it is easy to match the style of the bathroom.


Thickness of the Glass:

Framed Shower Doors and Frameless Shower Doors are usually made of tempered glass, which are safety and can be treated for easier cleaning.

Frameless Shower Doors are made of the same tempered glass, but because there is no supporting frame, the panes are much thicker.

The Framed Shower Doors are made of thinner glass because the frame supports the door. The frame itself is usually made of aluminum and may be powder coated in various colors and surfaces. The frame can be smooth or textured, and the glass is sealed into the frame to prevent leakage.




The Frameless Shower Door has fewer accessories so it is more convenient for daily cleaning.

The Framed Shower Door has more accessories, and it takes more effort to clean.



As time goes by, any seal around the Shower Doors may fail. However, this is unusual, and most well-known companies have put extra effort into it.

Whether it is a Framed Shower Door or Frameless Shower Door design, as long as it is installed correctly and the joints of the adhesive seals fit perfectly, the problem of water leakage is almost non-existent.





Both Framed Shower Doors and Frameless Shower Doors should be installed by professionals.

The installation of Frameless Shower Door may be more labor intensive than Framed Shower Door, because the clips used to secure the Doors need to be completely flat to prevent heavy Doors from passing over time. If tiles are installed in the shower, a special drill bit is required to properly fix the clamp. If the glass meets the wall on the fixed panel to prevent leakage, use a heavier silicone caulk.



Framed Shower Door may be easier to install because the glass is thinner and the Door is lighter. The frame makes glass installation faster because the glass is placed on it instead of on a clamp or hinge. Gap is still required to secure the frame and ensure that the glass is properly secured in the frame.



Generally speaking, the glass used in the Frameless Shower Doors is thicker so the cost is more expensive. But in most cases, the price of each Shower Doors varies according to the design or brand.



In general, both Framed Shower Doors and Frameless Shower Doors have their own advantages, how to choose the better one depends on personal preferences and the degree of matching with the bathroom!