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There are several types of shower doors/enclosures and sub-categories base on a glass type, hardware style and finish, doors opening fashion, tub or stall base installation, costume space availability. Lets compare and see the difference between Frameless, Semi-Frameless and Framed Shower Enclosures Types.

Frameless Shower Enclosures Types

  • Frameless Sliding Shower Doors
  • Frameless Tub Sliding Shower Doors
  • Frameless Stall Sliding Shower Doors
  • Frameless Hinged Shower Doors

Frameless shower enclosures are the most popular among customers due to attractive sleek, clean see trough look. It doesn’t have any frame around and holds by the specially designed hardware hinges and clamps that can hold a heavy glass. Frameless enclosures require thinker glass.

The thickness of the glass is usually 1/2″ or 3/8″.

Semi Frameless Shower Enclosures Types

  • Semi-frameless Hinged Shower Doors
  • Semi-frameless Sliding Shower Doors
  • Semi-frameless By-Pass Sliding  Shower Doors

Semi-frameless enclosures are a hybrid between framed and frameless, designed with minimal metal. pivot hinge adds to the stability of the enclosure. Can be installed on a bathtub or shower stall. Can be hinged, one door sliding, or sliding by-pass with two doors sliding abilities. The glass that is used for the semi frameless enclosures is ½” or 3/8”.

Framed Shower Enclosures

Framed shower enclosure feature a metal frame surrounding the all edges of the glass panels and fastened with pivot or continuous (piano) hinges. Frame can be constructed from plated brass, steel or aluminium. Tempered safety glass can vary from less expensive ¼” glass, to more expensive a heavy ½”.