Bathroom Remodel: Pros & Cons of Frameless vs. Framed Shower Doors

There are many design decisions that go into a bathroom remodel, no matter the size of the bathroom. Whether it’s your guest bathroom, kids’ bathroom or master bathroom, decisions like which shower doors to install will have to be made.

Bathrooms are an essential part of any home, and bathroom renovations have the power to increase a home’s value. This is why choosing functional and design conscious bathroom materials, fixtures and features are important. When choosing shower doors, they will fall into two main categories – frames or frameless. Below we will compare the pros and cons of each to help make your decision.

Framed Shower Doors


  • More affordable
  • Less likely to leak
  • Easier installation
  • Choose from a variety of frame finishes
  • Choose sliding door or pivot door


  • Mildew can build up
  • More outdated
  • Less of an open look

Frameless Shower Doors


  • Easier to maintain
  • More modern and updated look
  • Thicker glass is used


  • Less cost-effective
  • Higher chance of leaks
  • More difficult to install

Both framed and frameless shower doors offer a variety of style options and will look beautiful in your newly renovated bathroom. Both are good options, but ultimately choosing between framed shower doors and frameless shower doors is a personal choice.

Center Island Contracting is your local contractor of choice for bathroom remodels on the north shore of Nassau county, Long Island in towns like Oyster Bay, Manhasset, Plainview, Jericho, etc. Our qualified professional new home construction management team is here to help you renovate the home of your dreams. With the knowledge about local and New York State laws, our staff can answer all your questions and streamline the entire process. Email us or call (516) 481-4707.

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