When planning your bathroom remodel, there are several things to consider before choosing a type of shower. You not only need to think about the appearance and style of shower to add to your bathroom, but also about your budget and the shower’s functionality. Some common concerns homeowners may have before diving into their shower remodel are regarding cost, appearance, and more practical issues such as cleaning and water leakage. If you are looking for a modern, open shower area that features clean lines and clear glass doors, but don’t want to spend the money on a completely frameless glass shower, then a semi-frameless shower may be the perfect solution for your new bathroom.
What is a Semi-Frameless Shower Enclosure?
Semi-frameless showers are becoming a popular modern trend when completing a full bathroom or master bathroom renovation.
It includes metal framing around the top and bottom of the shower door, but the shower door itself is made of a thick-paned glass without metal. The result is a clean, open glass shower door that makes the shower area look larger and more open. At the same time, the metal framework at the top and bottom of the shower door helps to prevent water spillage onto your bathroom floors.
How Much Do Semi-Frameless Showers Cost?
When it comes to budgeting for a shower remodel, semi-frameless showers are considered a mid-ranged option. As mentioned, they are typically more expensive than basic framed shower enclosures, but more affordable than options like frameless showers and double showers. This is partly because they do not require special hinges and hardware to install. Choosing this type of shower over a frameless shower can be a great way to save some money during your bathroom remodel.
Semi-Frameless Shower Enclosures
The semi-frameless shower is the perfect mix between a framed and frameless shower enclosure.
Minimal metal framing around doors
Versatile design options
Like most shower installations, the overall cost will depend on the size of the shower, type of door and glass, and whether you are installing any customized features. All in all, the cost to install a semi-frameless shower enclosure will be between $890 on the low end and $2,000 or more on the high-end on average.
Semi-Frameless Shower Door Replacement
Some homeowners may want to only replace the glass door on their existing semi-frameless shower enclosure
Lower project cost
Can add years onto your shower's lifespan
Opportunity to upgrade fixtures and hardware
If you are only replacing the semi-frameless shower door, the cost should fall between $425 and $900 with an average replacement cost of $510.
We recommend using our cost calculator to get a sense for costs of different shower and bathtub types.
Semi-frameless showers give the best of both worlds when it comes to visual appeal. There is no metal framing along the shower walls, which makes the shower area appear to be more airy and open. The lesser metal framework also allows homeowners to show off their shower fixtures, tiles, showerhead, and other visual focal points. Additionally, semi-frameless enclosures allow for versatile styles, including sliding glass doors and corner showers.
At the same time, semi-frameless shower enclosures do use some metal framework along the top and bottom of the shower door. This can add functionality and prevent water leakage onto your bathroom floors, as some homeowners may experience with frameless doors.
Also keep in mind that due to the thicker paned glass required, semi-frameless showers will cost more to install than framed showers. Remember that this is a short-term, one time cost. It is an upgrade that can pay for itself in time, as it will boost your home’s value and modernize your bathroom. You can also save money over time with your new shower by adding energy-efficient fixtures to save on your energy bills.
Style and Design Options for Semi-Frameless Showers
One exciting aspect of a semi-frameless shower installation is that there are several customizations available. They are very functional and flexible showers, which opens them up to many design and styling possibilities.
Keep in mind that if you go with a frameless shower enclosure, it will not come in a sliding glass door option. However, you can go with this option if you choose semi-frameless! You can also pick out metal hardware that matches your other bathroom fixtures, frosted glass, curved walls, among other possibilities. Here are a few ideas when it comes to designing and styling your new shower.
- Sliding glass doors
- Pivoting doors
- Hinged doors
- Curved enclosure
- Bifold doors
- Frosted glass
- Various metal framing options (nickel, bronze, or aluminum).