What is a frameless glass shower door?
A frameless glass shower door or enclosure uses sturdy tempered glass (usually 3/8″ to 1/2″ thick) that does not require the support of metal around its exterior edges. The result is a clean-lined, modern look that is free of visual obstructions. In fact, one reason frameless glass shower doors are so popular is that they help showcase beautiful stonework, intricate tile designs and gleaming hardware.
Semi-Frameless Shower Doors
If you desire the contemporary look of a frameless enclosure but your layout and budget say “no can do,” a semi-frameless model can be a fine alternative. Look for high-quality components such as the permanently bonded hinges, solid handles and patented glass coating built into Kohler’s Lattis, a semi-frameless pivot door with 3/8″ thick tempered glass and a taller-than-standard 76-inch height that helps to impart a sleek, streamlined look.
Over the last few years, it has become increasingly obvious what the newest trend in shower doors has become – frameless glass shower doors. These types of enclosures have been replacing older styled sliding doors, corner showers and other walks in designed showers.
Because of their sleek, clean design and heavy, tempered glass Frameless Shower Glass doors are the primary choice when builders, architects, and designers are contemplating layouts in bathrooms. Frameless shower doors offer the owner the opportunity to showcase their title selections without the bulky aluminum channeling usually associated with older “framed” shower doors.
Corner showers have now become more open and expansive looking which allows more light to pass and makes the bathroom appear larger in size. Shower stalls that were once outfitted with curtains or framed sliding doors are now a thing of beauty.
Many homeowners are opting to simply swap out their older style enclosures for the newer, modern frameless glass shower enclosures. This type of swap out is very enticing to the homeowner because it can be accomplished without a general contractor. It is simply a matter of measuring and lining up the new glass shower door where the path of the old one was located.
Why does the price of a frameless shower door vary between contractors?
All frameless showers are NOT created equal. We have a price-match guarantee if you bring us a quote that is lower than ours, for the same shower specifications.
Let’s take a look at the most common factors for why shower quotes vary:
Glass Thickness: 3/8″ glass and 1/2″ glass are common sizes and serve different purposes. Half-inch glass may be used when there is a glass-to-glass panel required on your shower. Or, you may choose it for its sturdiness or aesthetics. When comparing quotes, this is often a place where other manufacturers may differ.
Metal Clips vs. U-channels: When clients tell us they’d like a frameless glass shower, we give them one. A true frameless shower is installed with 2-inch metal clips fixed directly onto glass panels at minimal intervals. you do have the option of using less expensive u-channels; aluminum rails that fit over the entire edge of glass panels. but these add a framed look to a frameless glass shower. some companies refer to this as a semi-frameless shower. these rails are used to secure glass panels to a floor, wall or ceiling. frameless shower estimates for these metal clip installations and u-channel installations will be very different.
Door Hinges: If you’re seeing a difference in your shower quote, look for the type of hinges you’re being quoted for. We generally quote using side hinges because these can be sealed for a more watertight fit around your shower door. the other hinge – a pivot hinge — cannot be sealed.
Glass Type and Treatment Options: For clients who are investing in an all-glass shower, we recommend upgrading to HDglass, which has no greenish tint like standard clear glass.
Hardware Style and Finishes: Just as showerhead and faucet designs vary in price and finishing choices, so do style choices for clips, rails, door handles, towel bars and robe hooks. We use the highest quality hardware available in the market.
Now that you know all frameless glass shower doors aren’t created equal, let us help you make the best choices for your investment — and your budget. Bring your frameless glass shower doors estimates to us and let is re-vamp your bathroom!