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I have heard of framed and semi-frameless showers. What’s the difference?

Framed vs. Semi-Frameless Shower Doors

This terminology can be misleading.  Framed shower doors have metal around every piece of glass. Semi-Frameless shower doors do not have metal around the top and handle side of the shower door itself, but every other piece has metal around all sides. Where this is misleading is that the shower enclosure has a header and strike jamb for the door to close against. In the closed position, a Semi-Frameless shower looks like a Framed shower door.  There are two exceptions:

  • Bypass shower doors. In the Framed configuration, the sliding panels have metal around the edges. In a Semi-Frameless configuration, you only have metal around the perimeter and not around the edges of the sliding pieces. This presents a much more open and clean look.
  • Single Shower Doors. If your opening only requires a door with no panels, then the top of the door does not show metal in the closed position in the Semi-Frameless configuration.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the differences in more detail, please give us a call or stop by one of our 2 beautiful showrooms in the Denver metro area and we can show you all your shower door glass options.