If you are looking for a nicer, long-lasting alternative to your old shower curtain, consider installing shower doors. They are much more efficient in keeping water sprays and spillages outside the shower enclosure or bathtub areas. Moreover, shower doors look much nicer than shower curtains and will compliment the overall bathroom design beautifully.
Several materials are used in shower doors manufacturing, and there are three basic types of doors – fully-framed, semi-framed and frameless shower doors. It would be hard to conclude which type is the most popular one, as each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Pros and Cons of Frameless Shower Doors
- Appeal – Frameless shower doors do look better than fully-framed or semi-framed doors. They can give your bath an elegant, high-profile look and can easily fit into almost every decoration style.
- Open up small bathrooms. The lack of frame visually opens up the space. This is why this type of doors is highly recommended for small bathrooms or small shower enclosures.
- Durability – Not only frameless screens and doors are made of thicker materials, but the lack of frame actually reduces the number of elements that might break.
- Very easy to clean – The lack of frames minimizes the areas where dirt and mold can accumulate. In addition, their open surface and corners makes the removal of any stains, soap scum, mold and mildew much simpler.
- Little or no maintenance– Since there are no frames that can get damaged, broken, rusty or stuck in the floor and ceiling tracks, frameless shower doors practically doesn’t require any maintenance.
- More expensive – One of the serious downsides of this type of shower doors is that they are often more expensive than the fully-framed and semi-framed shower doors. However, since they are more durable and long-lasting, their cost in long term is actually smaller.
- More complex installation – The installation of frameless doors and screens is a bit more complicated but still possible for DIY enthusiasts.
Benefits of Fully Framed Shower Screens
Properly installed, any type of shower screen will give you a safe and effective shower enclosure. However, because frameless shower screens have no connecting frame below the door, water can pass under the door. Semi-framed and perimeter framed shower screens have some size and configuration limits that fully framed shower screens do not.
Other benefits of fully framed shower screens include:
- Versatility – Because fully framed shower screens are supported on all four sides, they are suitable for all bathroom sizes and layouts. The varieties of frame colours allow you to choose between having the frame stand out as a design feature or blend in with the background. You can also choose between clear, frosted or patterned glass and choose a sliding door instead of a pivoting door.
- Economy – Of the four options available, fully framed shower screens are the most economical. Perimeter and semi-framed shower enclosures are also economical choices, but frameless shower screens are quite a bit more expensive.
- Long Life and Low-Maintenance – Fully framed shower screens have withstood the test of time. You can find them looking as good as new in older homes where they have lasted for decades without needing replacement.
A good shower screen supply and installation company can show you all of the benefits of today’s fully framed shower screens. You may be surprised to discover all of the designer options that are available and how inexpensive they are.