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Framed Shower Glass Enclosures: Frequently Asked Questions

Aug 7, 2013 8:24:00 AM Posted by: Laura Barefoot

by Laura Barefoot

Framed Shower GlassWhat is a framed glass shower enclosure?

When referring to glass shower enclosures, the word "framed" is used to distinguish this type of shower enclosure from semi-frameless and frameless enclosures. In a framed enclosure, the glass door panel is supported by a metal frame that provides stability and structure. The metal frames are available in an assortment of finishes, and the glass itself is available in a variety of styles.

How is it installed?

Your new framed glass shower enclosure is expertly installed by Barefoot & Company’s professionals who have a wealth of experience in this type of installation. Our professionals verify measurements and check for and prevent gaps that can cause destructive water damage. They seal relevant areas as necessary with precision application.

Does it leak?

No. When properly installed by our experts, a framed glass shower enclosure does not leak and can be expected to last for years with little or no maintenance. Since correct measuring and proper installation are critical to the performance of the shower enclosure, this is not a job for the do-it-yourselfer.

What are the benefits?

Apart from their aesthetic appeal, shower enclosures – whether framed, semi-frameless or frameless – serve the very practical need of acting as effective water shields to keep water off the bathroom floor. An advantage of the framed enclosures in particular is that the initial cost is often less than semi-frameless and frameless models. Homeowners who want to highlight and accentuate metal finishes in the bath often choose framed enclosures so that they can coordinate and complement all the bathroom hardware for a unified look.

Is it available in custom sizes and shapes?

Yes and no.  You can design a framed shower glass enclosure in virtually any height, width and shape within the limitations of your current space. For example, the shower width and shape is really determined by how the actual shower unit is laid out. It is not feasible to put a new framed shower in a space where there are no angles greater than 90 degrees. Also, you cannot put a corner shower in a space that is between two walls. 

Custom shaped showers are possible, but you need to make sure it is accounted for in the design and build.  We can show you the various options during an on-site design consultation which, along with our estimate, is free. 

What finishes are available to choose from?

There is an attractive assortment of stylish metal finishes available for your framed shower enclosure. These include chrome, aged pewter, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, gold, platinum, bone and black. The glass you choose can be clear or obscure with a number of tints, patterns and textures.

Is the framed glass shower enclosure available in different thicknesses?

Our framed shower glass is installed with 1/4 inch glass. 

Do you have additional questions you would like to have answered?

We would love to hear your questions or comments about Framed Shower glass enclosures. Please leave us a note below, and we will happily answer any additional questions you may have. 


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As the Quality Assurance Representative and Marketing Manager for three years, Laura oversees and manages all aspects of the company's quality assurance system  as a  NHQ Certified contractor for Quality Assurance. Furthermore, she designs and manages custom closets and is the New Construction Builder Design Center Liaison. Laura brings exceptional marketing expertise to the company and lives the company’s mission statement. She holds a BS in Marketing from Clemson University and an MBA in Sports Business Management from San Diego State University.  Laura's professional...  VIEW FULL BIO HERE

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