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 units can be virtually metal-free, except for clips on any stationary panels, hinges, and handle. But frameless also covers units that may have a header atop the unit and u-channel on the stationary panels. Fortunately, we offer both kinds with a range of options in between to suit your layout and budget.
Semi-frameless shower enclosures typically use 3/16” or 1/4” tempered glass and anodized aluminum hardware. A custom shower deemed “semi-frameless” has a header atop the unit, and any stationary glass is fully framed with slim profile channel. The door itself, however, does not have framing around it, hence the term “semi-frameless.” We source many of our semi-frameless shower systems from Cardinal Shower and Century Bathworks
Framed shower enclosures are the most cost effective because they typically use 5/32” or 3/16” tempered or laminated glass with fairly substantial anodized aluminum hardware. Although these units aren’t as flashy as fully frameless enclosures, they certainly aren’t eyesores. Also, our custom framed shower enclosures are much higher quality than what you’d find in big box home improvement stores. Pre-fabbed, one-size-fits-all shower packages from the likes of Home Depot and Lowe’s generally disappoint due to mill marks on the metal and inadequate adjustability for certain out of plumb or level conditions.
Sliding shower enclosures can be framed or frameless. The frameless sliding bypass systems do have wall jambs, a drip track, and a header for the rollers to slide in, but the individuals panels are not framed themselves, hence their “frameless” designation. Framed sliders have the same outer components, but each panel is individually framed and the glass is thinner. Our new, modern sliding system, the Hydroslide, uses 3/8” tempered glass with only one sliding panel. The other panel is stationary. The hardware used is highly adjustable with a very sleek look.