One of the biggest trends in bathroom design is frameless shower doors. Unlike traditional framed doors, which feature metal edges to support rather weak, thin glass, frameless shower doors are made of thicker, tempered glass and do not need the support of a frame. While trendy, these doors are not for every home. Take a look at these advantages and disadvantages to help determine if a frameless shower door is right for you.
Advantages of Frameless Shower Doors
Frameless shower doors tend to blend in more seamlessly with your bathroom design. There's no metal, which many homeowners find to be ugly. The aesthetic appeal of these shower doors means that installing one is likely to increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers – particularly if you live in a higher income area.
Frameless shower doors are also easier to keep clean than framed ones. In a regular framed door, mineral deposits and scum can build up in the crevice between the door and the frame. With a frameless door, however, there's no place for this buildup to settle. You can easily wash the whole door without your sponge or cloth getting caught on the raised frame.
Disadvantages of Frameless Shower Doors
The primary disadvantage of frameless shower doors is that they tend to be more costly than standard framed ones. This is partially because more materials are put into their construction. More glass is used, as frameless doors are thicker, and generally, a shatterproof coating, similar to that which is used on car windshields, is applied.
The small gap that is created between the shower enclosure and the frameless shower door when the door is shut can also pose an issue for some people. Depending on the layout of your shower and bathroom, some water may trickle though this gap and onto your floor, making it necessary for you to always be soaking it up. Some floors may react poorly to this consistent moisture.
If you're willing to spend the extra money and have a shower enclosure that will be compatible with a frameless door without allowing leaks, then by all means, indulge away in this trendy style. However, you should not feel guilty if you decide to opt for a framed shower door instead. They've been around for years for a reason: they look generally neat and tidy, and they do a good job of keeping water where it belongs – in the shower.Share
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