Frameless shower door is somehow preferred by a lot of people these days. Because it has no frame, a frameless shower door is quite easy to maintain compared to the classic framed shower door. But of course, there are also other things you should consider before buying it. Here are things you should know regarding frameless shower door.
Shower door and its types
– Framed and Frameless
Framed shower doors are made usually from metal and supported with thinner glass panels to complement the metal accent from faucets or another hardware in your bathroom. Frameless shower door is easier to clean since it has no separator so there will be no soap scum like in framed shower door. You should know that frameless doors are more expensive compared to framed door because they use thicker glass panels to compensate the lack of frame.
This door usually installed in the corner of your bathroom with a single door, either framed or frameless, and swings or pivots to open.
– Pivot or swinging
This is your typical and standard door types that can be installed as your shower door. Pivot hinge will let you have a 180 degrees door swing either into a corner or into the room. There is center mount pivot that let your door revolve 360 degrees.
This type of door will save space since it can enclose a corner shower greatly.
This a typical Japanese bathroom door that suits perfectly if you have no space for your door to swing out to other room. Use pair of glass panels in a track so the door can be opened from either direction.
Choose the proper glass
Tempered glass is the only type of glass that can works well when used as shower door. It is stronger than standard glass and will shatter into rounded and small bits if broken. Common thickness for a frameless shower door is 3/8 inches with variation of 1/2 or 1/4 inch thicker.
After you choose the right thickness, then you can move into the design and pattern. there are a couple of design that you can use such as seeded or textured for interest and frosted or opaque for privacy. Standard tempered glass will have green accent caused by iron. If you want an iron free glass, you have to pay twice the price of a standard tempered glass. Another option for you shower door is acrylic or polyacrylate panels. These two are lightweight and cheaper, but they can scratch easily and require specific cleaner maintain its color.
Hardware and finish
Choose any styles that suits to your preference for your frameless shower door’s finishes. You can use matte nickel, oiled bronze, or chrome to match it with the interior of your bathroom.
Measure your door carefully
It is best to hire professional to measure your frameless shower door enclosure. If you want to change the type of your bathroom door, like from hinge to slide, make sure you check the height and width measurement twice for better accuracy.
Choosing a door that suits with your bathroom and the surroundings might be tricky if you don’t know the right type of door you want to use. Choosing frameless door is recommended because it can be cleaned easily although it is more expensive than the framed doors. Choosing the right thickness and design of glass is also important so you can decide if you want to have more privacy or no. The last thing is to paint your frameless shower door so it can match with the interior of your bathroom.