Installing a frameless shower door can significantly add to the appeal of your bathroom. They’re modern yet match most decorative themes. Frameless glass doors can also make your bathroom appear more spacious.
Beyond looks, there are several benefits—as well as a few drawbacks—to installing a frameless shower door. Here’s what you need to know.
Practical reasons homeowners choose frameless shower doors
It may be surprising to hear, but frameless shower doors oftentimes last longer than alternative options. Why? The doors are manufactured with tempered glass (i.e., safety glass), and are chip-, crack-, and shatter-resistant. Look for frameless doors that are 3/8″ to 1/2″ thick—the thicker, the better the durability. If you have a tall shower, you’ll need the 1/2” thick glass. You don’t want to go cheap on the raw materials, as installing a frameless shower door can hover around $1,000 (not including the door itself). Knowing that, you’ll want your investment to last!
Manufacturers offer several kinds of pre-cut frameless shower door sizes and styles. If you have a unique shower opening one can be custom designed for you. You want to get the size right, so be sure to measure your shower opening twice. It won’t seal out water if it’s not properly sized.
Frameless shower doors are easy to keep clean. The smooth glass edge eliminates the frame, which is where mildew and grime collect. Tempered glass is naturally mold and mildew resistant, too. Most doors just need to be wiped down once a week with glass cleaner to prevent the build-up of scum. This will also keep your shower door looking newer, longer.
While purchasing and installing a frameless shower door can be a larger investment than opting for other types of shower doors, you may be able to recoup some of the costs if you sell your home down the road. According to Remodeling’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, homeowners can recoup almost 70% of costs to remodel a bathroom in the U.S.
You can add sliding or hinged frameless shower doors to many existing tub and shower layouts. If you need help choosing the right one, or finding a local installer, contact us or stop by one of our three locations.