This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling as well as part of a sub-series about showers. To access either of the lead posts please select the link below.
When your shower enclosure glass panels have metal trim pieces on the edge, it is said to be “framed”, the metal trim pieces being the frame.
This is perhaps the single most common form of shower enclosure for stand alone (no tub) showers. Probably because framed shower enclosures are less expensive than frameless.
- Less expensive than frameless (both the enclosure itself and it’s installation).
- The metal trim adds to the accenting of your bathroom along with your faucets, shower controls, etc.
- The edge between the glass and the frame is a place where grit and grim accumulates, mostly at the bottom. For this reason, framed shower enclosures are a little harder to clean than frameless.
- Ironically framed shower enclosures tend to be less sturdy than frameless. Frameless is made with thicker (heavier) glass and heavier style hinges.
- Framed shower enclosures are for you when your main goals are:
- Keep costs down
- Add to the accenting of your bathroom trim
- And are not for you when your main goals are:
- Keep maintenance needs down
- The elusive quality I’ll refer to as “elegance”. Frameless feels more luxurious, perhaps a result of being more expensive.
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