Frameless shower doors are becoming increasingly popular but before you have one installed, it’s important to know both the advantages and disadvantages that come along with this option so that you can make an informed decision.
There are a lot of customizable options if you select a frameless shower door, meaning you aren’t limited to standard sized doors that are mass-produced. There’s room for flexibility and each model contains custom glass shower doors created specifically for you. In terms of appearance, frameless glass shower doors look better because they are not bulky the way framed shower doors are. No frames mean the edges are not covered in rubber or metal or another form of seal that is unpleasant to look at it. Frameless shower doors are beautiful and modern and elevate the look of a bathroom.
There is less of a risk of mold because there is no room for water to collect, meaning mold will not grow in your shower. There is no risk of water build-up because the doors do not have seals, so you don’t have to worry about mildew, making it a lot easier to maintain and clean because a simple wipe will do.
Cost is an important factor and frameless shower doors are more expensive because they require thicker glass in order to stay in place. Frames are what normally provides shower doors with sturdiness. Once the frame is eliminated, heavy-duty hardware and thick glass are both required, which is more costly but without them the doors would be unable to stay in place safely. Compared to framed shower doors, frameless ones are significantly more expensive.
Frameless shower doors may sacrifice function and performance because while they look beautiful, the lack of protective seals can cause leaks. The glass must be cut perfectly so that it fits your shower just right; otherwise, you may have gaps between the door, wall and floor, allowing water to escape from the shower and onto your floor, which is why there is zero room for error when it comes to the design.
There is a possibility of your glass door shattering because they are normally made from tempered glass. This happens very rarely but it’s important to know that a spontaneous glass breakage can occur from damage or glass inclusions.
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