When you’re looking to upgrade your bathroom, you are probably considering various shower options to help you get the most out of your space. While the bathtub/shower/curtain combo might be the most conventional and standard option, there are far better new choices that will add a more refined appearance. Frameless shower enclosures are one of the most popular picks for homeowners looking for a more modern bathroom. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the right frameless shower enclosure.
Framed vs. Frameless
Most conventional glass shower stalls will be framed. These doors usually use a thinner type of glass and depend on the metal frame to provide strength and support. Meanwhile, a frameless enclosure will use tempered and polished glass, usually 3/8″ to ½” thick. Because of the superior glass strength, the metal frame is obsolete.
Benefits of Frameless Shower Enclosures
There are several advantages to choosing frameless options over their framed counterparts. As with everything, the more parts you have to the door, the more things can go wrong. One of the biggest complaints against framed enclosures is that after time, the frames can become loose and wobbly, making the doors harder to open and close properly. Without a frame, the door can swing open freely and close securely. Because of this, the lifespan of a frameless door is much longer than a framed one.
Additionally, frameless doors are more attractive. There is no ugly bulk from the frame, and you don’t have to worry about the metal frame getting dull from water residue or lime buildup. Cleaning a frameless door is much easier, so you can say goodbye to stray hairs, soap scum, and mildew trapped in the crevices of the frame.
Choosing the Right Frameless Option
Because frameless enclosures are such a great option, there’s no way to go wrong when making your selection. However, your specific needs and preferences will need to be taken into account. You will need to choose between 3/8″ and ½” thicknesses, and that choice will largely depend on the size of your shower stall. Thicker glass will be a sturdier choice for a larger shower.
You can also choose between clear glass and frosted or opaque. Opaque is an excellent option if privacy is a concern, while clear and ultra-clear glass will add space and highlight the room’s tiles.
You’ll also want to look for high-quality materials used apart from the glass. Hinges and handles should be suitable metal materials that will stand the test of time and resist corrosion.
Ask an Expert at Atlas Glass & Mirror
If you’d like to use insulated glass units for your home or office windows, be sure to contact Atlas Glass & Mirror! We will work with you to create a style that suits both your lifestyle and the aesthetic of your house. We are here to make your vision a reality!