Frameless sliding shower doors – A framed shower has, as its name suggests, a frame around it. Frame is usually aluminum or brass and goes around edges of glass top and bottom. A frameless shower or have any glass at all and is anchored to tile or has only minimal metal structure. A frameless shower has less metal parts that require regular cleaning. Mildew and soap can become trapped beneath structure and at edges where metal meets a framed glass door.
Glass for a framed shower is thinner than glass used for a frameless sliding shower doors. A framed shower typically uses either three-sixteenths of an inch or glass of a quarter inch. A frameless shower uses three-eighths inch glass or a half one inch more support and stability. It is also known as heavy glass.
Cost is a serious consideration when deciding on their shower. A frameless sliding shower doors lacks necessary framework to support it, and instead requires heavier glass, brackets and hardware. Exact measurements are critical to glass to adjust, and edges must be cut glass sanded. Additional material and workmanship makes cost of a frameless shower much more than a framed door, usually about twice cost at time of publication.