Refreshed, relaxed, and clean. That’s how it feels when getting out of the shower. What kind of door do you imagine stepping through? Choosing a shower door is not limited to one type; from frameless sliding doors to framed pivot shower doors, different styles can be combined.


Framed Shower Doors

You may be best familiar with framed shower doors. Framed doors offer functionality, but frameless doors have more of a contemporary feel.

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Made of aluminum or composite materials, frames are available in a variety of finish colors, including silver/chrome, dark bronze, or brushed nickel. The advantage to framed doors is that they are better at sealing in water and steam. They’re also a more affordable option and available with a variety of decorative glasses.


From a modern standpoint, framed shower doors are less popular. Depending on the extent of the metal frame, one drawback is that it can detract from intricately-designed, decorative tile work.

Frameless Shower Doors

On the other hand, frameless shower doors will showcase tile design, but it may cause water to splash outside onto the bathroom floor after every shower.



For a stylish, updated look, frameless shower doors will give your bathroom an open feel. Cleaning will also be minimal due to the absence of tracks for a frame. Mildew, mold, and soap scum will have little chance to grow, and the result is a cleaner, contemporary bathroom.


As mentioned earlier, a frameless option may cause leaking onto your bathroom floor. Whereas framed doors have rubber along the frame to seal in water, frameless doors have a small gap around the door. One suggestion to ease splashing is to position your showerhead away from the door.

Because they require thicker, heavier glass to stay in place without a frame, frameless shower doors tend to be pricier then some of the alternatives. Usually built for a custom fit, frameless doors cost more time, effort, and labor for installation.

Sliding Shower Doors

Though an economical option, sliding shower doors may be more costly in the long term.



Sliding shower doors are a popular, decorative style to save space in a bathroom. The handles also serve double-duty as a towel rack, usually spanning the length of the door. This style is also among the most affordable.


Sliding shower doors are not the most effortless option; they are prone to mold, mildew, and rust. The majority of activity takes place in the metal track where the rollers sit. When water remains in the track, it can lead to a situation where the rollers stick and the metal in the rollers rust.

Pivot Doors

A pivot shower door opens outward and has pivots at the top and bottom of the door to support its weight, and can be either framed or frameless.



If a frameless shower door appeals to you, a pivot door is a great option. Pivots are ideal to support the weight of heavier glass but also cradle its fragility. A frameless pivot door also provides aesthetic value to the room. It is possible to install the door so that it blends into the wall or disguised as part of the wall. Because materials such as tracks and brackets are kept to a minimum, pivot doors are easier to clean, as well.


Due to opening in an outward motion, pivot doors are not ideal for smaller bathrooms. Though a low-maintenance option in terms of cleaning, you may have to spend a little time soaking up water from the floor after stepping out of the shower.

When selecting a shower door, there is plenty to choose from. Think about what suits you and your bathroom.