Semi-Frameless vs Frameless Shower Screens

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Frameless vs semi frameless shower Screen

Shower screens play a crucial role in maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of a bathroom. In this article, we aim to assist you in understanding the distinction between two prominent types: frameless vs semi-frameless shower screens.

Frameless Shower Screens Explained

Frameless shower screens, as the name suggests, are made of single or multiple, panels of toughened glass, which is secured by minimalistic hardware. This design results in an open and spacious feel often likened to floating glass panels.

The above images demonstrate that there are many options available within the frameless screen category, including:

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Advantages of Frameless Shower Screens

Enhancing Natural Light

The absence of frames allows light to permeate effortlessly, creating a sense of openness and visually expanding the space within the bathroom. The above image with a view of the river is a prime example of this. If you were fortunate enough to have a view like this from your bathroom, you’d do everything you could to make the most it, that includes not obscuring it with the framework of a shower.

Ease of Maintenance

One noteworthy benefit of frameless screens is the ease of cleaning. Their seamless surface prevents the accumulation of grime, making maintenance simple and straightforward.


Their clean, minimalist design allows frameless shower screens to blend seamlessly into any bathroom layout, enhancing the overall aesthetics without interfering or clashing with any existing decor or design. If you have black tapware and cabinetry, for example, adding a bold black frame might be overbearing.

However, adding touches of black for the brackets and hinges may work well as accents without being too much.

Potential Disadvantages of Frameless Screens

On the other hand, frameless screens tend to be a little more expensive, partly due to the need for thicker glass to ensure safety. Another consideration is the possibility of water leakage due to the absence of a complete seal around the screen.

Semi-Frameless Shower Screens Explained

Semi-frameless shower screens incorporate a minimal frame design with the pivot door left unframed, hence the term ‘semi-frameless’.

Again, as demonstrated by the images above, there is a multitude of options available within the semi-frameless category. You have the same range of glass to choose from if not more, except the glass is 6mm toughened safety glass as opposed to 10mm with frameless.

Advantages of Semi-Frameless Shower Screens


Semi-frameless screens offer many of the same benefits as frameless ones but at a more affordable price point, making them an excellent choice for budget-conscious homeowners.

Added Stability

The presence of frames in semi-frameless screens enhances structural integrity and reduces the chances of water leakage.

Variety of Design Options

With a mix of framed and frameless elements, semi-frameless screens offer a diverse range of design possibilities to match different bathroom styles. We also offer a wide range of finishes to the shower frame, giving you the opportunity to add style and continuity of colour throughout your bathroom design.

Potential Disadvantages of Semi-Frameless Shower Screens

Despite their advantages, semi-frameless screens can have design limitations due to the presence of frames. Additionally, frames may present more of a challenge during cleaning and maintenance compared to frameless.

Frameless vs Semi-Frameless Shower Screens: Making an Informed Decision

Factors to Consider

Selecting between frameless and semi-frameless entails careful consideration of several factors, including your budget, bathroom style, and preferences for cleaning/maintenance.

Expert Insights

As an experienced master glazier, I can attest to the merits of both types of screens. Semi-frameless screens can be a financially prudent choice, while frameless screens are unmatched in their minimalistic, unobstructed finish.


Choosing a shower screen involves more than selecting the first one you come across. It’s crucial to weigh the benefits and potential drawbacks of both frameless and semi-frameless screens, to determine which is the right fit for your specific needs. For more personalised advice, please feel free to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it challenging to clean frameless shower screens?

It is generally straightforward due to the absence of frames.

Are semi-frameless shower screens safe?

Yes, all of our screens are made with A grade toughened safety glass

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