Q: I’m considering upgrading my exiting shower door to a frameless shower door. What is involved in the process?
A: The first thing to consider is whether or not your existing shower door is a good candidate for an upgrade to a frameless. When the existing door has been removed, you’ll notice discoloration on the tiles and multiple holes where the original door was fastened to the wall.
This is by no means a deal breaker, but something to consider that many home owners do not realize. After a customer has decided to upgrade, we will remove their old shower door and dispose of it.
Q: What are the advantages of buying frameless rather than framed?
A: The first and most obvious advantage is the visual appeal. Outside of the visual appeal of a frameless shower door, there are several benefits to consider when making a purchase. Frameless shower doors can be easier to maintain since the glass makes direct contact with your tile and eliminates corrosion that builds up on the metal track of its framed counterpart.
Additionally, all of that vertical metal can really detract from your beautiful tile work you want to show off. Properly installed frameless applications are more rigid with the addition of heavier, thicker glass and heavy-duty hardware. That same hardware allows the door to open to the inside as well as the outside swing you’ll find on a framed shower door.
Homeowners see a better return on their investment since the frameless system is much more desirable to new homebuyers. Lastly, a frameless shower door allows for much more creative flexibility when matching your plumbing fixtures, choosing a specific height or coordinating a particular style to your bathroom project.
Q: I want to install my new frameless shower door myself; can you supply the glass needed?
A: Installing a frameless shower is not recommended as a DIY project because frameless glass shower installation is a fine art with extremely small tolerances to provide a leak proof glass shower enclosure. The slightest error could result in gummy caulking, ugly gaskets, or worse – a glass enclosure that leaks all over your bathroom floor. To get it perfect, installation needs to be exact. Also, the slightest chip in the safety glass can cause it to shatter, leaving you with a very expensive mess to clean. This is one project you will want to call in a professional glass installer.
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