When it comes to a shower remodel, there are several types of showers to choose from, so you may not know where to get started. There are framed showers, which are one of the most classic and popular types. But there are also walk-in, frameless, semi-frameless showers, and even double showers.
The best shower for your bathroom can depend on several factors, including the type of bathroom you are remodeling, its size, your budget, and your design preferences. Modernize is here to provide you with information about framed showers – including their cost, benefits, and which bathrooms they are best for – so you can make the best decision for your bathroom remodel project.
Simple, cost-efficient shower designs that work especially well in smaller bathrooms
Sliding glass door option
What is a Framed Shower?
A framed shower is simply a shower that uses metal framing as a support system for the shower glass doors and walls. These metal frames come in aluminum, bronze, nickel, gold, or composite metals, and are sealed and caulked around the shower doors and walls to keep water from escaping.
These showers usually use glass that is thinner compared to frameless showers, which usually require thicker paned glass for support. However, this thinner glass is still sturdy, functional, and even typically cheaper than the thicker glass that frameless showers require. For this reason and several others, framed showers are one of the most affordable types of showers.
Framed showers tend to be best types of showers for…
- Smaller bathrooms or half-baths. If you are converting a half bath to a full bath, these showers can be better at conserving space compared to frameless or semi-frameless showers.
- Preventing water leakage. If you dread the thought of water spilling onto your bathroom floors, this type of shower will be your best friend.
- Tight budgets. This is one of the cheapest types of shower there is. Think about how much extra money you’ll have to put towards other items in your bathroom remodel!
Framed Shower Glass Doors
It’s fairly common for bathroom showers to have metal framing around the glass doors. Metal framing supports the shower’s structure and keeps it fully sealed. It keeps doors in place and water from leaking onto the bathroom floors.
With framed shower enclosures, homeowners can also match the shower’s metal framing to other focal bathroom fixtures and hardware, to add visual appeal when remodeling. Metal frames for glass shower doors can come in aluminum, bronze, nickel, and other materials.
Sliding Glass Shower Doors
Framed shower enclosures are often associated with sliding glass shower doors. This is because sliding doors require metal framing to function properly, and are a popular, classic design choice for bathrooms. Sliding glass shower doors are also highly functional because they:
- Easily slide in and out, while keeping water from spilling onto shower floors
- Feature large glass panels that show off interior shower fixtures and design elements
- Often conserve space in smaller bathrooms
- Usually include towel bars for added convenience
Keep in mind that sliding glass doors are not your only option if you choose a framed shower for your bathroom remodel. You can also opt for hinged and pivoting shower doors. However, sliding glass doors are one of the most convenient and functional options.
Benefits of Framed Showers
When you choose a framed shower for your bathroom, you can tap into the following short and long-term benefits.
Potential Downsides of Framed Showers
Although framed showers are very popular choices among homeowners today, there are a few potential disadvantages to know about prior to making a decision.
How Much Do Framed Showers Cost?
When planning your shower remodel, it’s helpful to understand the costs of different types of showers. This will help you to weigh the pros and cons, and choose the best shower for your bathroom remodel needs. To compare different types of shower costs at the same time, we always recommend using a cost calculator to get the more accurate estimate for your project.
Framed showers are one of the most affordable types of showers, partly because their glass is thinner than other shower types. They lend themselves to short term bathroom savings, allowing you to save money and/or reallocate your remodel budget to other parts of the bathroom.
The overall cost depends on the type of shower door you choose, as well as the overall size of the shower, materials used for the frames and glass, typical prices in your location, among other factors. Below you can find the price ranges to expect when planning for your project.
|Shower update||Average cost|
|Framed shower with basic sliding glass doors||$690|
|Framed shower with pivoting glass doors||$800|
|Framed shower door replacement only||$425|
Typically, a framed showers should cost you under $1,000 and take under a day to install. However, keep in mind that prices can be higher in specific areas and as you add customizations to your shower.
Choosing a Contractor and Preparing for Installation
If you are ready to move forward with your shower remodel, Modernize can help you dive in. Get started by exploring some top shower trends to get some ideas. We also recommend calculating the return on your investment based on your shower choices and preferences before getting started.
Once you’re ready to begin, use Modernize to find qualified contractors in your area that can get the job done. We make it easy to compare costs for different local contractors and choose the one that fits your budget.