How Much Do Frameless Shower Doors Cost?
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Whether it’s their pristine appearance or easy maintenance, frameless shower doors are here to stay. Homeowners who have these doors love them and homeowners looking to buy a new home want them. While the cost of frameless doors is more than a standard shower door, they bring a host of advantages.
See the full cost breakdown below. As always, if you need help installing your frameless glass shower door, ImproveNet can connect you with local shower door contractors.
Table of Contents
- Frameless Shower Door Cost
- Frameless Vs. Framed Shower Door Costs
- Frameless Glass Shower Door Cost Factors
- What Are Frameless Shower Doors?
- Frameless Glass Shower Door Advantages
- Frameless Glass Shower Door Disadvantages
- Frameless Shower Door Maintenance
- DIY Or Hire A Shower Door Contractor?
- Find A Shower Contractor
Frameless Shower Door Cost
As you might expect, frameless shower doors cost more than your typical glass shower door. In fact, the average cost of a frameless glass shower door installation is $1,000. However, we have seen frameless glass shower door installs cost as low as $900 or as high as $1,300.
You can save on your frameless shower doors cost by installing the doors yourself (roughly $300), but given what you pay for the actual door, we recommend letting professional shower contractors mount these expensive and heavy doors.
Frameless Vs. Framed Shower Door Costs
While frameless glass shower doors are gaining steam across the country, many homeowners still utilize your typical framed shower door. To no surprise, framed glass shower doors cost less than their frameless counterparts. According to our estimator, you can save between $200 and $500 on your total project.
Frameless shower doors are more expensive because the glass is thicker and they require special hardware. Seamless shower doors need very strong nuts and bolts to hold up. Since safety is always a concern, manufacturers don’t only take extra time measuring the door, but also picking out the right hardware for your shower remodel.
Frameless Glass Shower Door Cost Factors
Luckily, frameless shower door installations have a smaller than normal price range. Nevertheless, like any home addition, there are certain considerations you should keep in mind before your purchase frameless shower doors.
Some of these influencing factors to keep in mind include:
- Size and design of your shower
- Thickness and quality of glass
- Other needed bathroom modifications
The biggest consideration that can influence costs is the size and design of the existing shower. The larger the shower, the more materials and labor will be required, and thus the more expensive the entire project will be. However, some small showers may call for an expensive installation. For example, showers with many different edges and corners as opposed to a plain rectangular or square shower will require more work and craftsmanship, thus driving up the door price.
Furthermore, you can purchase frameless shower doors with different thicknesses. For shower glass panels, a ½-inch glass is ideal. However, for frameless glass shower doors, pros recommend at least 3/8-inch thick glass. Some homeowners go with a ½-inch throughout, but just know that door will be heavier as you open and close it.
Finally, there are always unique situations that can increase or decrease your frameless door cost. If your shower is on the second or third floor, installation time lengthens and thus, a pro may charge more. If you request a custom shower door with a custom shape, your price will go up. If your bathroom has a unique layout that makes it difficult to bring in a large glass panel, your frameless shower door cost will go up.
In the end, anything beyond a standard, rectangular or square frameless glass shower door may cost more than the average price above.
What Are Frameless Shower Doors?
Frameless shower doors are 100% glass. They do not need frames and provide a modern and sleek addition to an existing shower enclosure. Frameless glass shower doors can swing open or shut. Strong hinges are attached to the nearest wall with specialty hardware made to hold heavier doors.
Frameless glass doors require little maintenance, look better and last longer than traditional shower curtains.
Frameless Glass Shower Door Advantages
Still not sure if frameless shower doors are right for you? Beyond cost, all potential buyers should weigh the other pros and cons of such a remodel. Given that frameless shower doors can cost upwards of $500 more than standard glass shower doors, the benefits must be worth it.
First, as we’ve said, two of the best features of frameless glass shower doors are their sleek and stylish appearance. Homeowners who opt for glass doors have much more freedom in terms of designing and decorating the bathroom as opposed to having to work around a shower curtain. In fact, frameless shower doors draw the eye towards your beautiful floor and shower tile. If you spent extra money on bathroom tile, frameless glass shower doors will only enhance their appearance.
Furthermore, glass shower doors can be custom made, so they can fit any shower or bathroom layout. The same simply can’t be said of shower curtains or pre-made shower stall doors.
Beyond design, frameless glass shower doors are much easier to keep clean. The only thing homeowners have to worry about is soap scum, which can build up on glass over time and become difficult to remove. Fortunately, all it takes is a weekly spray with white vinegar or basic glass cleaner to prevent this from happening. Glass doors are also very resistant to mold and mildew, which can become a common problem in humid bathrooms. As such, frameless glass shower doors are an ideal option for bathroom spaces that are not well ventilated and may experience mold or mildew problems otherwise.
Frameless Glass Shower Door Disadvantages
Of course, frameless glass shower doors do not come without potential drawbacks as well. Specifically, since these doors do not have frames to seal water out, they tend to be more expensive because the burden of this falls on making well-designed and engineered glass that fits flush with the tub as it is.
Keeping with the seal, frameless shower doors do not keep the water in the shower as well as their framed counterparts. Stated above, unless the glass is perfectly flush with the wall, there will be a gap (and most of the time, there is one). Therefore, some homeowners report that water leaks from the shower, onto their floor via the frameless door. To prevent this, most homeowners opt for a custom frameless door.
Finally, frameless glass shower doors can shatter. While this rarely happens, potential buyers should be aware. Luckily, most frameless doors are made with tempered glass, which explodes in small pieces to avoid injury. Nonetheless, if you see a small chip in your glass or if the room or climate is much more humid and hotter than usual, you may have to call in a local shower door contractor.
Frameless Shower Door Maintenance
You go to the shower to cleanse your body, so it only makes sense that your shower and frameless shower doors are as clean as can be. Luckily, when it comes to glass shower door maintenance, cleaning is 90% of the work. If you clean and do the other maintenance item mentioned below, your frameless glass shower door should last for at least a decade.
- Daily Cleaning: Make sure you buy a squeegee and keep it in your shower. Try to wipe down the inside of the frameless door as often as possible.
- Deep Cleans: You can buy glass cleaner, but you could also use white vinegar. It’s great for removing scum and preventing mold. Apply to the inside of the door and spray it down with water to rinse.
- Monitor Cracks: As we said earlier, frameless glass shower doors, while it doesn’t happen often, can shatter. Therefore, if you see a crack, or the door becomes loose, call in a pro immediately. The average glass shower door repair cost is approximately $200.
DIY Or Hire A Shower Door Contractor?
Installing a frameless glass shower door is not a complicated project, but it is labor-intensive. If you’ve installed a shower head or replaced a bathroom faucet, you should have the DIY knowledge to install a glass shower door. As long as your custom frameless shower door was built to the exact measurement needed, you can install on your own.
Nonetheless, you spent good money on these new frameless doors. Furthermore, since the glass is thicker, they can be very heavy. You likely need one or two friends to hold the door as you attach the hinges. And lastly, since these doors don’t have tight seals, an improper installation can lead to leaks in the bathroom.
Given the risks and expense, most homeowners hire pros to install or replace their frameless glass shower doors.
Find A Shower Contractor
While they do cost more than typical shower enclosures, frameless glass shower doors create a more open and seamless bathroom. They’re easy to maintain and potential buyers adore them.
If you’re ready to update your bathroom, use ImproveNet to find reliable shower door contractors near you!
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Last updated on Dec 20, 2017