Where frameless shower doors excel in aesthetics, they can sometimes lack in performance.
Framed shower doors typically include rubber or seals around the edges to bind the door with the shower wall and floor, preventing leaks. Frameless doors, however, don’t have these protective seals around them.
This means that unless the door is cut to fit perfectly, there could be gaps between the door and other areas of the shower, which may allow water to splash onto your bathroom floor. Experts say shower design is important when considering a frameless shower door.
“Most people who have a problem with a shower leaking is with the shower design,” Dearborn says. “They have shower heads aimed at the door instead of putting them at the opposite wall to stay away from the door.”
Dearborn adds that his company tries to get involved as early as possible in the shower installation process to prevent a homeowner from picking a design that won’t work. It’s also important to hire a professional to custom-make your door instead of buying one from a hardware store.
“They expect it to be like a fish tank, but it’s a door. It opens. It’s got to have some gapping,” Dearborn says. “But when they try to do the gapping, they try to do only 1/16 or 1/32 of an inch to avoid using gaskets.”