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5 Reasons to Choose a Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure

Whether you're remodeling your current bathroom or you have a brand-new bathroom project, choosing a shower enclosure is likely high up on your priority list. When choosing a shower enclosure, you'll need to consider the size and style of the bathroom, as well as the space available for the shower.

While all shower enclosures have their advantages and disadvantages, here are five compelling reasons to consider going frameless for your next upgrade.

1. Say Goodbye to Metal and Rubber Shower Frames

Traditional framed shower enclosures have a metal and rubber frame surrounding the glass to hold it in place and keep it secure. While this is suitable for many bathrooms, more and more homeowners are opting to go frameless.

As the name suggests, frameless glass shower doors have no metal frame or rubber surrounding the glass. Instead, metal pivot hinges hold the glass in place, making for a cleaner, sleeker and more minimal look.

2. Enjoy the Great Design Possibilities

If you've ever remodeled a bathroom in the past, you know that framed shower doors don’t offer you too many options. They come in standard sizes that you can't customize. Whether you go with a sliding door, or a swinging panel, you're limited to the available standard doors on the market.

A major advantage of frameless glass enclosures is that you can customize them to suit your needs. If you have a modern bathroom with unique dimensions, you can choose a frameless glass shower enclosure and customize it to your heart's content.

Not only will you get to create the shower you envision, but you'll end up with a more aesthetically pleasing result that's perfect for your space.

3. Create a Modern Look

Let's face it; frameless glass enclosures have a more modern and contemporary look than their framed counterparts. Frameless glass doors are sleek and almost instantly make bathrooms look up to date. If you're looking to enhance the visual appeal of your bathroom and create the illusion of extra space, frameless glass doors can do just that.

4. Make an Enclosure That’s Easier to Clean

Compared to framed shower doors, frameless enclosures require less maintenance to keep them looking good. Framed shower enclosures commonly accumulate water in the bottom of the frame, which is a place where mold and mildew thrive because of the damp environment.

Before you know, it mold and grime have overtaken the shower enclosure, and you'll need to use a mold-minimizing cleaner weekly to remove built-up soap scum and mold.

You won't have this problem with a frameless glass enclosure. There aren't many places for mold to grow because this shower door is frame-free. You can see all of the surfaces and easily keep the enclosure clean by simply wiping the glass down.

5. Trust Your Door to Be More Durable

Frameless glass enclosures are made from more durable glass than the typical framed enclosure. In addition, framed glass doors have components that are vulnerable to wear and tear and break down over time faster than frameless enclosures. In terms of life span, high-quality frameless glass enclosures last longer than framed shower doors.

Potential Drawbacks to Frameless Shower Doors

Frameless glass doors are a great investment for upgrading or remodeling a bathroom. However, glass enclosures aren't without drawbacks. You can expect to pay several hundred more for a frameless glass enclosure compared to a framed option. Also, if your frameless enclosure is installed poorly, you might notice water leaking under the shower door.

Fortunately you can minimize drawbacks such as leaks by choosing a high-quality glass enclosure and having it professionally installed. While frameless enclosures do cost more, many homeowners will tell you that they're worth the extra cost. The fact that they last longer than framed doors also helps make up for the added investment.

When you're ready for your next shower project, contact Smyrna Custom Glass & Mirror to find out how we can help with your remodeling needs.