What Are the Pros and Cons of Frameless Shower Doors?

Nov 27, 2019

The average cost of a new bathroom is $16,000. How much of that budget goes toward shower replacement and shower doors?

The shower is the main component of a bathroom. It can also be the focal point. What are the latest design ideas for bathrooms? What is the look you’re hoping to achieve?

Are you subscribing to the less is more idea and thinking about a frameless shower door?

If you are building a new home or doing a bathroom remodel, take a look at this guide covering the pros and cons of frameless shower doors.

Frameless Shower Doors: The Good and Bad

Gone are the days of heavy gold or silver framing around shower doors. Designers are using sleeker design elements in the latest bathrooms including frameless shower doors.

What Are the Positives of Frameless Shower Doors?

Frameless shower doors have a lot of pros. Let’s take a look.

More Open

Frameless shower doors give your bathroom a more open look. There’s no metal frame obstructing your line of sight.

It gives the illusion of a bigger space without expanding the dimensions of the bathroom.

Your beautiful tile design is also more visible.


Standard shower doors come in certain sizes limiting your options when it comes to changing things up.

Frameless shower doors come in custom sizes giving you more flexibility in designing your space.

Easier to Clean

Framed shower doors have seals that don’t always keep the water from getting underneath. Mold often appears.

Corrosion also sets in on the fixtures and hardware.

Without seals and minimal hardware, frameless doors are easier to keep clean.

Look Nicer

Frameless shower doors just look better. There’s no bulkiness and the clean, sleek glass has a classy, timeless look.

What’s the Downside?

Before you decide what’s right for your new shower, let’s look at the cons.

More Costly

The glass used for frameless shower doors is much thicker than a standard door making it more expensive.

Without a frame to use as support, the glass has to be thick to stay in place. The required heavier hardware is more expensive as well.

Can Shatter

It doesn’t happen often, but frameless shower doors can shatter. The use of tempered glass is meant to prevent jagged edges, but you still don’t want your shower doors to break.

Check the glass every now and then for chips or small cracks especially around the hardware and never slam the door.


No frame, no seal…water may leak onto your bathroom floor. Using a trusted professional and proper shower head placement can minimize this risk.

How Can We Help?

Are you thinking about frameless shower doors in your new bathroom? Now that you know the pros and cons, your decision may be a little easier. Do you know who can help you with all of your decisions along the way? We at US Bath Systems specialize in full bathroom remodels. Reach out to us for a quote today.