Glass Showers – a quick primer

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.

This fully framed shower enclosure and door is shown in brass. Other colors include brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, and chrome.


“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:

This semi-frameless glass shower is in oil-rubbed bronze. Other colors include brushed nickel, chrome and brass.

This is a closeup of a semi-frameless shower door in the showroom model at Danny’s Glass

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.

Frameless Shower Enclosure

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

When the door is set at an angle from the walls, a frame must be used for the wall panels as shown in this showroom demo


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Here’s a great article by our friends in St. Louis about Walk in Showers:


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Jim Hicks.

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  1. Idella H. Rivers says

    I didn’t know there are three types of glass shower doors and among the three types, i’m choosing the frameless glass shower door. I just like it plainly all glass. It looks more elegant and clean. I’m definitely sure these three types come in different prices, i wonder though which among the three has the most affordable price or does it actually vary on the size and design?

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