A shower enclosure not only acts as an accent to a bathroom but at the same time adds practicality through the benefits it provides. While each part is equally important, we’ll be talking about its door and frame, essential parts that can help determine the estimated price tag and space consumption.
Below are some things that can guide buyers to choose the right set of doors and frame to suit their budget and bathroom style.
Types of door frames
- Frameless. For those who want to incorporate minimalism and a clean, modern look to their bathroom, frameless doors will suit them best. The seamless transition from the inside out will help highlight the elaborate tile design and at the same time give the illusion of a bigger space.
- Semi-frameless. This type of door is perfect for those who want to try achieving the style of frameless doors but don’t have the budget to purchase them. With the right choice of material and colour, the subtle touch of the glass’s chassis can be an accent rather than a distraction.
- Framed. For those with a limited budget, a framed door is the ideal solution because of its affordability. Nevertheless, its lower price tag does not indicate that it’ll be less attractive. The designs that a buyer can choose from can make it easier to revamp a bathroom on a budget without sacrificing style.
Pros and cons of framed and frameless doors
- Pros. It is easier to customise with frameless shower enclosures, as the designing is not held back by the limits of the chassis; the ability to personalise it according to needs makes it ideal for smaller spaces.
- Cons. Since there are no frames to block water from leaking out, shower and tap layouts will be limited. It’s also pricier because it requires a better quality glass to ensure its capacity to stand alone.
- Pros. The frames can act as a barricade to stop water leaking out of the shower enclosure. As the weight is mostly carried by the framework, the quality of the glass does not need to be on a par with its frameless counterpart, making it more affordable.
- Cons. There are fewer styles that are available and achieving a specific design can be a challenge due to the frames limiting factor on the overall construction.
Types of Doors
- Pivoting. Pivoting doors are applicable for bathrooms with excess space since they swing open and shut. A professional might be needed to help measure how much area the door needs to function.
- Sliding. Sliding doors are suitable for narrow bathrooms since they require less space compared to the pivoting ones. Professionals are not usually needed to mount these because of the ease of installation.
- Bi-fold. This is one of the options that gives the same wider area for a walk-in shower, like the pivoting doors, minus the additional space that the pivoting style requires.
These guidelines can help in choosing the right frames and doors for your shower enclosure.