It used to be that budget was the deciding factor here, and in many cases it still is. However, for some configurations, a framed unit can cost as much as a frameless enclosure because of the increasing cost of metal and/or complexity of the unit.
Basically, it is the thickness of glass and the overall look. Framed enclosures typically have 3/16” thick glass that is completely framed by metal, usually an anodized aluminum. This is your basic traditional enclosure. The Semi-framed enclosures use ¼” glass and feature a door that has no metal on the top vertical edge, or the open horizontal edge. All other edges are framed in metal. These doors can have a thru-glass handle to give them a more updated look. Frameless doors use thicker glass, 3/8” & ½”, with solid brass plated hardware. This gives a more open contemporary look and is easier to maintain.
Under normal showering conditions, our frameless doors are as watertight as any other shower door. They are sealed with silicone where the glass meets a solid surface, and there are a variety of vinyl seals to close any other troublesome gaps. They will not, however, withstand any direct spray.
Our prices are competitive. You can certainly find cheaper units for sale, but you won’t find a better value. Our frameless enclosures are all custom ordered to fit your exact specifications and are made with the finest quality products. The actual price depends on your configuration and choices in glass and hardware. The more custom the unit, the higher the price.
Our Frameless enclosures are as safe as any other door under normal operating conditions. It bears mentioning that under no circumstance should a towelbar be used as a grab bar, nor should you ever hang from the glass.
Yes. There will be holes left in your tile that will need to be filled. The hardware on the new enclosure may or may not cover the holes, but we do our best to hide them. Also, depending on how old the tile is, you should be prepared for the possibility that a few tiles may need to be replaced as they may crack when the old unit is removed.
Following an in-home estimate, we will provide you with a written quote, usually by email, for the work to be done. The estimate will include options to consider. Once you have made the decision to order, we need your signed approval and a deposit to process the order.
Every enclosure is Custom Built to insure a proper fit. This requires exact measurements. Once your stone is set, and not until, we can take those measurements onsite, inspect the walls, floors and ceilings to make sure they are plumb and straight. At that time we can make any templates that may be required. Once this is completed, we can order the enclosure.
We recommend sealing your glass with Diamon-Fusion® to protect it against damaging mineral deposits by sealing the tiny pores found in glass. It is likened to a Teflon coating on your pans. Some maintenance is required but Diamon-Fusion significantly reduces the time you need to spend cleaning your glass.
The towelbar and knob on sliding glass doors have a minimal backplate that allow the doors to bypass. This facilitates ease in cleaning the middle overlap section. If you don’t mind a little extra work in that area, we can install a back to back knob for you. Your doors will no longer bypass.
Sometimes edge damage or other stresses can weaken the glass and result in delayed breakage, or what seems to be spontaneous breakage. This doesn’t happen often, but can be unsettling when it does. Most often, we have seen this occur in sliding enclosures when trying to adjust the glass on the track. A glass edge will nick the frame and either shatter at impact or at some future date. If at any time you are having difficulty opening or closing the door, or the door is not clearing the adjacent panel or wall, call us for an adjustment.
Black edge happens when water or moisture penetrates the back of the mirror and attacks the silver backing. Good ventilation in your bathing area is a must. Open a window or use the room fan to remove moisture laden air during and after showering. Also, make sure to prevent spray cleaners from running down and sitting at the bottom of your mirror. This is best done by spraying a cloth rather than the mirror itself.
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We offer free estimates, our expert estimators will visit your home to measure and provide you with a quote. We are also happy to provide a preliminary price estimate based on your measurements. You can call our office with dimensions, email us your drawings or bring them to our main office.