The Difference Between Frameless Showers, Framed Showers, and Semi-Frameless Showers

Frameless showerThere are many choices to make when remodeling your master bathroom, one of which is the type of shower you want to install. Before jumping in with both feet, it is important to research your options, including frameless, framed and semi-frameless shower enclosures.

“While both frameless and semi-frameless showers are beautiful and popular options for your bathroom, there are a few particulars to consider before making a decision,” said Normandy Designer Ann Stockard. “For starters, it is important to understand and visually see the difference between your choices.”

Frameless showers are comprised of a tempered glass that is between three-eighths to one-half of an inch thick. The heavier weight and sturdiness of the glass helps eliminate the need for heavy metal framing around it. Instead, the structure is held together by metal fasteners and hinges. “Frameless is a great option for displaying beautiful tilework. It also provides an open and airy feel,” said Ann. “However, since the glass is thicker, you may notice a slight tint.”

On the opposite end of the spectrum is a framed shower enclosure.  With a fully framed shower, the glass thickness is between three-sixteenths and one-fourth of an inch. Because the glass is thinner, it needs more support than just metal brackets and hinges. Instead, it is surrounded by metal framing. “The metal frame can incorporate the overall design of the bathroom and pair nicely with brushed nickel or polished chrome hardware,” commented Ann.

Semi-frameless showerPerhaps the happy medium is the semi-frameless shower option.  Semi-frameless shower enclosures (shown at left) tend to have a slightly thicker glass and more noticeable frame, but it largely allows an unobstructed view of the tile and interior of the shower.

“In the end, frameless showers offer the cleanest look,” added Ann. “However, semi-frameless is an intermediate option for your bathroom if frameless isn’t right for you.”

Arrange to meet with Ann to learn about all the variables you should consider for your upcoming master bathroom remodel. Or, be on the lookout for our dates of our upcoming bathroom seminars in 2016. For more information and inspiration on interior design and home remodeling, follow Normandy on Facebook and Twitter.





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