Semi-Frameless Shower Doors

New semi-frameless shower doors can, very simply, improve the look of your home. It is amazing how the replacement of your old shower doors can change the way your bathroom feels, transforming it from a utilitarian room that you have to use to a luxurious room that you want to use. Anytime that you choose to update your bathroom with new shower doors it is essential to know your choices and decide what is appealing to your tastes and sense of style. Knowing a little bit about each type of glass shower will help you make the right choice for your home. In the construction of a semi-frameless shower door, only the metal needed to maintain the structure of the door used. Semi-frameless can be a great option in shower doors depending on your needs and budget.


What is the definition of a semi-frameless shower door?

Semi-frameless is a type of framed shower door enclosure that includes only the minimum amount of metal necessary for the stability of the unit. The semi-frameless enclosure has a metal header, and all of the fixed glass has a thin metal frame. The glass used is usually 1/4” tempered glass, but 3/16” is also used. The glass door on the enclosure does not have a metal frame. And so, the total shower door enclosure is considered semi-frameless. There is some debate as to what constitutes a semi-frameless, however. Some in the glazing industry believe that any type of metal frame, including a header, makes the enclosure a semi-frameless. However, other experts believe that if a glass shower door simply has a metal header but still uses “heavy glass” then it can be considered a frameless shower door. The one clear factor in defining a semi-frameless as such is that the glass door itself cannot have a metal frame. For instance, bypass shower doors have no frame around the actual doors but have a metal frame along the perimeter of the entire enclosure. This door would be considered semi-frameless.

Why choose a semi-frameless enclosure over other types of shower doors?

You may be wondering why some people opt for a semi-frameless rather than a frameless or framed enclosure. There are two main reasons that homeowners choose semi-frameless: conditions and cost. Depending on which definition of semi-frameless you consider accurate, one of the conditions that could cause a homeowner to choose this option is structural stability. For instance, if you want to hang the glass shower door between two panels of glass you may be forced to use a header. The other reason could be cost; a semi-frameless shower door is usually more budget friendly than frameless shower doors.

What are the different types of semi-frameless showers?

Semi-frameless shower doors come in all the same types and varieties as frameless shower doors. Bypass shower doors, single doors and steam showers are all available in semi-frameless. Don’t forget about all the shapes available as well, including neo-angle, L-shaped, inline door and panel and any custom door.

What hardware and glass options are available for semi-frameless enclosures?

Every shower door has endless options to fit your own and your family’s special style. View the glass and hardware options available for semi-frameless shower doors.

We have a wonderful selection of semi-frameless shower doors, and you can easily contact us at 703-257-7150 and schedule your free in-home estimate.

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Manassas Park, VA 20111-5215
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