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Latest Trends: Frameless Shower Doors

Updated on April 02, 2010

Frameless shower doors

Bathrooms are no longer just an afterthought for modern homeowners. Today’s bathrooms are often beautiful, with user-friendly sinks, bathtubs, and showers. Outdated and obsolete bathroom fixtures are being replaced with chic and efficient new designs, making for the perfect marriage of form and function. One area that’s getting special attention is the bathtub-shower. Frameless shower doors are turning heads and changing the look of contemporary bathrooms. They’re bright and sophisticated, and they make your bathroom appear more spacious than it actually is.

What are frameless shower doors? Frameless shower doors are just what they sound like – doors and enclosures without those ugly aluminum frames of the past. The aluminum frames aren’t just unsightly; they also pit and corrode over time, causing rough places that can cause injuries and hard-to-clean spots that harbor germs.

Frameless shower doors, on the other hand, don’t use aluminum frames, or frames made of other materials, for that matter. The door panels are completely without frames. Thick glass panels that are fixed support the track and header, while the sliding or swinging glass panel provides the opening. Silicone gel is used to treat and seal the glass edges. This creates an ultra-smooth surface and also provides a water-tight seal where the door meets the fixed panel.

Not only are frameless shower doors attractive and functional, they’re also very safe. Each panel is made of thick safety glass that’s been tempered to withstand impacts. Breaking one of these doors would prove difficult, and in the rare occasion of breakage, these doors would still be much safer than regular glass. Because they’re made of tempered glass, the doors fracture differently than regular glass. Instead of sharp, dangerous pieces, tempered glass fractures into fairly uniform beads that are relatively smooth.

Frameless shower doors are available in several different styles. The most popular is the sliding glass doors. These are made up of two fixed panels and one sliding panel. Most traditional bathtubs employ this style.

Bypass frameless shower doors are often used for walk-in showers. With this style, the fixed glass panels support the header, and a hinged panel swings open to allow entry into the shower. These are the perfect choice for corner shower doors.

If you have a tub or shower in a unique or unusual design, you can have frameless shower doors custom made to fit. Consumers have a choice of square doors, rectangle-shaped doors, and even octagonal doors.

As far as other choices are concerned, you can choose a shower door to match or complement your bathroom. Choose a special color or tint, or even a unique etched design. There’s also a wide spectrum of hardware available for frameless shower doors, ranging from vintage-inspired styles to contemporary choices.

If you’re building, remodeling, or just upgrading an existing bathroom, frameless shower doors are definitely the way to go. They’re the wave of the future. So toss out those moldy old shower curtains or ugly aluminum framed shower doors and ride the wave! You’ll be absolutely amazed at what a huge difference frameless shower doors can make in the appearance of your bathroom.

 

Frameless shower doors will give your bathroom a modern look.
Frameless shower doors will give your bathroom a modern look.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I can see why they are so trendy right now, they are simple yet stunning! I like that they are safe as well.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      They realy look good and must easy to keep clean since there is built on the edge of the frame. Thank you for a great hub.

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      They really are simple, but elegant.. my sister has this type of thing in her Florida beachhouse.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Totally awesome and we had our shower redone in tiles to reflect a 'more modern' look - but the luxury of it is to die for! We were actually going to install a frameless shower door because we had seen them many places, but we are still debating that. It is such a nice change from the 'traditional' shower doors that we are all so used to but with or without the door, the new concept of showering is wonderful! Super info - as always.

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      You did it again. It is so informational and I wish I had a shower like this one. I have a friend who does and they are very nice.

      Thanks

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Veronica! Thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, HH. I hope to replace my old shower doors with these!

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      Hi Habee, I actually like it. I'd probably have them in my dream home! =)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Chris, lucky you to have a sister with a beach house!!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I don't know if I really like the look of these.

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      P Morgan 7 years ago

      OK, send one my way, please :) This looks tooo cool!

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Hmmm...informative and different hub...better than anything 'Bath Fitters' puts out!!! LOL

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Ictodd!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Why not, Ethel? I love the frameless shower doors!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's in the mail, PMorgan! Man, I could barely shove the frameless shower door in the envelope!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Me, too, Yen - as soon as I win the lottery or become a famous author!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Funny, Ann. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Now I want to remodel two bathrooms! Good Hub, habee -- thanks. Best, Sis

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I do, too, Sis. Johnny's list is getting longer and longer!

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      valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Very helpful hub, habee, especially since I am about to remodel my bathroom. (: v

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Glad it was helpful, Val!

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