Guide to buying Glass Shower Enclosures

Glass shower doors are fabricated from different types of glass, patterns and colours. Today, they are not just glass since homeowners now have a range of attractive choices to choose from, thanks to the ever-evolving designer trends. Below are popular types of glass shower enclosures that are used in most homes.

Frameless Vs. Semi-Frameless Shower Enclosure

Frameless glass shower enclosures are all the rage after the once popular semi-framed glass shower enclosure. As the name suggests, a frameless glass shower enclosure does not have a frame since it comes with hinges and clips to hold the panels in place. Experts advise on using small amounts of U-channel (metal fitting installed on the shower glass panels to secure them on the wall, floor or ceiling) that helps adapt to the minor imperfections that come with a frameless glass shower enclosure. The U-channel is hardly visible and minimises the cost of the frameless shower as it doesn’t need to be notched. Semi-frameless shower enclosures, on the other hand, have metal around the frame installed on a section of the door. The frame supports the enclosure, thus reducing its thickness and cost when compared to all the rage frameless glass shower enclosures.

Framed Shower Enclosure

They have a frame on the entire surround and door. Framed shower enclosures are inexpensive yet very sturdy. Though most current designer trends recommend the sleek frameless shower enclosures, framed options have very attractive designs. 

Tempered Glass

A tempered or annealed glass shower enclosures is almost similar to the regular glass shower enclosure. However, during the manufacturing process, the glass is heated and cooled rapidly to make tempered glass. The process of heating and cooling strengthens the glass though its edges and corners are pretty fragile. It also alters the typical characteristics of glass so that it responds differently to breakage. As such, broken tempered glass disintegrates into small pieces that are not harmful.