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Is a Frameless Shower Enclosure Right for Your Bathroom?

United Plate Glass | Feb 20, 2024 | Blog
Is a Frameless Shower Enclosure Right for Your Bathroom?

When it comes to the look and feel of your bathroom, do you want a magazine-ready modern experience? A frameless shower enclosure is one of the most popular ways to get that crisp, luxury look in the comfort of your own home. Its clean lines offer a modern aesthetic, instantly transforming even the most traditional bathrooms. However, before taking the plunge, it’s crucial to determine if a frameless shower enclosure is the right fit for your space. Here are the key considerations before you start ordering that glass.

Aesthetics: A Modern Touch

Frameless shower enclosures are known for their minimalist appeal. Without bulky frames, these enclosures offer uninterrupted views of intricate tile work, and they make a space appear larger, creating an open, airy feel. This is great for smaller spaces, but the glass used in frameless enclosures is thicker and heavier than framed options. The walls may need to be braced and additional structural support may be needed behind walls, ceilings, or floors. Consult with an experienced installer to make sure your space accommodates the extra weight.  

Maintenance: Is It Easy to Clean?

The absence of metal frames means there are fewer nooks and crannies where water and soap scum can accumulate. This makes frameless enclosures generally easier to clean than their framed counterparts, but you’ll need to be prepared to squeegee the glass after showers to prevent water spots and hard water buildup. To simplify maintenance, frameless enclosures can be customized with a ClearShield coating.

Installation Time: How Long Will It Take?

The installation of a frameless shower enclosure is generally more time-consuming than installing a framed or semi-framed option. This is because frameless glass panels need to be precisely cut and aligned. This requires the skills of a specialized installer, so plan for a longer timeline, especially if you’re considering a custom design.

Cost Estimates: What’s the Investment?

Frameless shower enclosures are typically more expensive than framed or semi-framed options due to the thicker glass, specialized hardware, and potential reinforcements required. However, it’s worth noting that the long-term benefits, such as easier maintenance and a more modern aesthetic, often justify the investment.

Additional Considerations

  • Space: Frameless enclosures need room for the door to swing open, so a qualified installer needs to perform measurements before getting started.
  • Safety: Thicker glass is used in frameless enclosures to ensure safety and durability. Ensure your bathroom’s walls can support the weight or have been braced.
  • Customization: The options for customization are vast. You can choose from different types of glass, varying levels of transparency, and even add specialized coatings for easier cleaning.

Making a Final Decision

Your bathroom is more than just a functional space; it’s a sanctuary where you begin and end your day. A frameless shower enclosure can offer a luxurious feel and a modern look, but it comes with a specific set of considerations. Start with an installation consultation to make sure your space can accommodate a frameless design, then prepare to enjoy the benefits of a spa-like, lux design!

Whether you’re remodeling the entire bathroom or just upgrading the shower, our team can evaluate whether a frameless enclosure fits within your space and budget. Give us a call to get started today!

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