As silly as it may sound to some people, replacing old shower doors with new ones can really transform a bathroom space. They can make you feel better about your morning routine and actually want to show the space off to friends and family. But as small as this change seems, you should still ask questions before selecting and installing new doors. For instance, did you know you can choose between framed and frameless shower doors? There’s no single right or wrong choice—just make sure you make the right choice for you based on your bathroom, home and style.
If you want to learn more about these two types of shower doors, read on! Below is a comparison of the benefits and drawbacks of framed and frameless glass shower doors in Alaska.
Pros and cons of framed shower doors
Framed shower doors bring a wide range of benefits to residential bathrooms. Some homeowners find that framed glass shower doors offer more stability than frameless doors, especially when opening and closing them. Quality framed shower doors are often more watertight, providing an extra layer of protection against water seepage. Framed doors can also block water spray from showerheads from escaping the shower enclosure and wetting the bathroom floor. Other benefits include paying less for framed doors and having different decorative glass options to choose from.
At the same time, there may be some drawbacks to framed shower doors. First and foremost, they only open outward. Because of this limitation, you might not be able to install a framed door option in your bathroom. And while framed doors pair well with older style bathrooms, they can make bathrooms with more modern finishes appear dated. Nevertheless, homeowners should still consider framed shower doors during bathroom remodeling.
Pros and cons of frameless shower doors
Hands down, you get way more options when you choose frameless shower doors for your bathroom renovation project. These types of shower doors are available in a wide range of styles, sizes and designs, making finding the perfect glass doors a fairly headache-free process. Unlike framed shower doors that can only open outward, frameless doors can swing open either in or out—no limitations here! Another benefit of frameless doors is they make bathrooms feel spacious. They don’t have the extra bulk of a solid frame, which allows eyes to be drawn to other areas of the bathroom, like beautiful tile- or stonework.
On the other hand, while frameless shower doors look nice, they can cost a little more than framed doors—contact several companies for quotes. They are also not as stable as framed door options. Additionally, frameless doors won’t work in all bathrooms, so before choosing frameless doors, triple check that they will work in your bathroom.
Here at Replacement Glass, we want all our customers to be happy with their choices and with the services we provide. Our glass shop in Alaska is staffed by professional trained master installers, and we only carry the highest quality products. Call us with questions or to schedule a service appointment anytime!