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Frameless Showers

Modern bathroom design favors a minimalist feel, and with their simple, seamless look, frameless showers fit right into the mold. Unlike traditional framed enclosures, frameless showers are made entirely of glass panels, with no metal frames holding them together. The panels are glued together at the edges with a strong waterproof adhesive.

Frameless showers may look delicate at first glance, but with the right construction, they can be very sturdy and reliable. Most manufacturers use 3/8-inch to half-inch glass panels for extra durability. Read on to find out why frameless showers may be best for your bathroom.

Less cleaning and maintenance

A common problem with shower frames is that dirt and moisture get trapped between the glass and metal, causing mold and mildew buildup and gradually weakening the glass. Frameless showers solve this problem by taking out the frame, leaving only a smooth glass surface. There’s no room for water or soap to accumulate. Cleaning is also much easier, requiring only a few wipes with water or glass cleaner.

Longer lasting doors

Frameless shower doors have the same durability and water resistance as framed doors, and because they’re made of thick glass, they may even last longer. A well-constructed frameless shower should have solid brass hinges, which are extremely resistant to corrosion and water damage. TPC surface treatments can help reduce your maintenance needs, because they allow the glass to better slough off water and dirt. This makes them practically self-cleaning, as well as durable and long-lasting.

More visible walls

Many homeowners decide to install a shower cubicle after the walls are done and the tile work is complete. For most people, however, it’s a waste to lay expensive tiles over your wall only to cover them up with a plastic shower enclosure, unless you plan out your bathroom fixtures beforehand. Frameless showers have clear glass walls throughout, allowing you to install them anywhere without covering any part of your wall. This style works well for small bathrooms, because it looks smooth and seamless and makes the corner appear wider.

More design options

Because the walls are plain glass, you can decorate or coat a frameless shower without worrying about protecting the metal frames. Hand-painting, etching, and texturing are some of the more popular wall designs. You can also have the walls partially or fully sandblasted for a translucent finish, giving you more privacy.

Some tips

Before deciding on a frameless shower, keep these things in mind:

• Towel racks – you can have towel racks built into the shower, but glass walls cannot hold more than two heavy metal bars. Stick to one or two bars and install them on the back walls for better durability.

• Doors – frameless doors are usually hinged and can swing in both directions. Make sure the door will not hit any bars or fixtures in its path when opened. Brass knobs are fairly durable and will last years.

• Shape – majority of frameless showers are rectangular, because rounded walls need frame support to stay upright. If you have an irregularly shaped corner or a combined tub and shower, you can save costs by installing a single-panel enclosure over the tub entry.

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