In a shower, whether it’s a stand-alone unit or a bathtub with a shower, water has to stay in the bathing area. A glass shower door can let light in more efficiently and keep water out much more easily. It can also be one of the most attractive parts of a bathroom. There are two types of shower doors: frameless and framed.
Frameless. Frameless enclosures eliminate the metal framework and use a heavier, more expensive grade of glass. Although frameless doors may seem like a safety risk, the thick, tempered glass is very durable and difficult to break. Frameless doors often come in a wider range of designs than framed doors. They can give the bathroom a larger, more open feeling and, with clear glass, can show off the design of the shower itself more effectively.
Framed. Framed enclosures, which are made of aluminum, are lighter and more affordable than frameless doors. The glass is often sealed into the frame, and they are relatively water-tight. Also, they are typically less expensive due to the lighter grade of glass. Heavy glass is not required, because of the frame’s support.