Glass showers are very popular in today’s bathroom designs and this quick primer will illustrate the differences between a “good – better – best” selection of them. The choices are fully framed, semi-frameless and frameless glass shower enclosures. Click on any picture for a larger view.
The “Good” – The fully framed shower and shower doors are the most budget friendly. The main difference between the fully framed glass shower and the next step up, the semi- frameless glass shower, is the door. Both have a framed enclosure but while the fully framed shower door is framed, the semi-frameless door is not. The glass is 3/16″ thick.
“The Better” – The Semi-Framed, as stated above has a framed enclosure but a semi-frameless door has no channel at the top, bottom or on the handle side. The glass used for the door is heavier and 1/4″ thick (as opposed to 3/16″ for the walls) See below:
The “Best” – The Frameless Glass Enclosure is built with the heaviest glass of the three. Typically 3/8″ glass for the walls and 3/4″ for the door is used. Each panel is custom made to fit.
Exceptions to every rule: When doing a “Neo-Angle” Shower, or a shower where the door is at an angle to the wall panels, a frame will be used at the the top of the door and walls as a “header” as in this picture from the showroom at Danny’s Glass of a frameless “Neo-Angle” Shower enclosure
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Here’s a great article by our friends in St. Louis about Walk in Showers: http://www.mosbybuildingarts.com/blog/2012/11/01/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-walk-in-showers/
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