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Difference Between Framed and Frameless Shower Doors

Are you planning on remodeling your bathroom? There are many decisions to make, from the tiling to the vanity to the shower. Do you want a shower/tub combo with a framed shower door? Shower stall with a frameless door? Whatever the case, your shower door can go a long way in improving the aesthetic of the entire bathroom.

But which door is better? Should you install a framed or frameless shower door? Keep reading to learn more about each type of door!

Framed vs. Frameless Shower Doors

There are a few differences between a framed and frameless shower door.

Framed Shower Doors

If the operable part of the door is surrounded with framework around the glass, it’s considered to be framed. Many frame finishes are chrome or gold, and most glass on framed shower doors is obscure.

Framed shower doors:

  • Tend to be less expensive
  • Offer a lot of different decorative glass options
  • Are good at retaining water due to the overlaying metal
  • Work well for steam enclosures

Frameless Shower Doors

Although newer to the market, frameless shower doors are extremely popular today. Frameless heavy glass doors are custom crafted to guarantee a perfect fit.

Frameless shower doors:

  • Offer distinct beauty and can provide that “wow” factor you may be looking for
  • Aren’t limited to stock sizes (they offer greater flexibility)
  • Provide nearly unlimited design layouts
  • Can add a more modern, sleek look to any bathroom

Shower Door Installation in the Norfolk, VA Area

Tidewater Insulators offers a large assortment of shower doors, from the basic sliding door to more complex custom designs. Our shower doors are manufactured with high-quality materials, helping ensure easy maintenance with years of beauty and reliability.

Our experienced craftsmen can install myriad shower door styles and sizes. Whether your new shower door needs custom cuts or requires a specific type of glass, Tidewater Insulators has all your needs covered in southeastern Virginia, including Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton and surrounding areas. We’ve been installing new shower doors and enclosures for over 10 years and can help you determine which kind is best for you.

Contact us today to learn more about our shower door replacement services or to get a FREE estimate for your project!

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