Frameless shower enclosures use either 3/8″ or 1/2″ tempered glass and either brass plated or anodized aluminum hardware. Within the shower industry, “frameless” refers to any shower enclosure that doesn’t have metal adhered to the edge of the glass. Some people think frameless means no metal whatsoever. This is not the case. Frameless shower enclosures can be virtually metal-free, except for clips on any stationary panels, hinges, and handle. But frameless also covers shower enclosures that may have a header atop the shower enclosure and u-channel on the stationary panels.
Semi-frameless shower enclosures are made of thinner glass than our frameless shower enclosures and attach to the shower opening, especially in a corner. A custom shower enclosure deemed “semi-frameless” has a header atop the enclosure, and any stationary glass is fully framed with slim profile channel. The shower door itself, however, does not have framing around it, hence the term “semi-frameless.” We have been installing semi-frameless shower enclosures in bathrooms for several years now, and the effect is always beautiful.
Our framed shower enclosures are much like the semi-frameless shower enclosures, but have more metal around the door and corner return of the shower panels. Although these shower enclosures aren’t as flashy as fully frameless shower enclosures, our framed shower enclosures are built to last and are generally more attractive than comparable products from big-box home improvement stores. We do not offer any builder’s grade framed shower enclosures, the kind usually pre-installed in McMansions. Our framed shower enclosures are custom built for each individual space. It can be more of a challenge to keep the edges clean, and the glass is much thinner-typically 3/16″ to 1/4″ – but this is also a wonderful option.