There are so many options and choices to sort through when remodeling a bathroom; the process can often be overwhelming. Picking the right option to enclose your shower or bath tub is no different. Frameless shower doors are popular choice, and offer lots of great benefits, though come at a price premium. Still, you might want to consider the additional expense and upgrade to a frameless shower door.
Before we get started, you may want to read these other resources to understand other shower enclosure options on the market:
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should upgrade to a frameless shower door:
1. Long Term Value
Frameless shower doors provide a higher end, modern look and should be considered an investment as part of your bathroom remodel. While frameless doors may cost more at the outset, they pay off long term because of their durability, resistance to mildew & staining, and ease of cleaning.
2. Customization Options
Unlike framed shower doors, frameless doors offer significantly more customization, including different slide and hinge options and the ability to easily size for unique dimensions. Some manufacturers also offer the option of unique coatings to further reduce maintenance and increase privacy.
3. Ease of Maintenance
Frameless doors are easier to maintain than framed doors or shower curtains. Unlike curtains and framed doors, there are fewer places for water to build up that can lead mildew and bacteria growth, which reduces cleaning time. While frameless doors do not completely eliminate metal, their hinges and brackets are small and more understated than a full frame. Depending on the finish you choose, some metals and finishes are more susceptible to tarnishing, scratching, and water spots than others and require additional cleaning attention.
4. Modern Luxury
The clean lines of a frameless door make your bathroom feel more spacious and luxurious, and help you show off any tile accents and details in your shower.
5. Your Health
The polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used to make some shower curtains can be hazardous to your health, releasing toxins that have been known to cause respiratory and other diseases. Additionally, bacteria and mildew that build up on curtains and framed doors can also be bad for your health, unless you are on top of keeping them clean. Glass frameless doors do not include these drawbacks and should definitely be considered if you are sensitive to damp and mildew.
If you are trying to choose between a shower curtain, framed or frameless shower door, think about the features most important to you. While the initial cost of a frameless door is typically higher than the alternatives, you get the benefits of upgrading the look of your bathroom, reducing maintenance, lowering potential health side affects, and, overall, receiving greater long term value.
What are your favorite benefits of frameless doors? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.