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Frameless Shower Enclosure Under $500

Shower Enclosure Frameless

Frameless Shower Enclosure

We’ve been sharing with you our latest bath remodel so we thought it would be a good time to mention the awesome deal we found on a frameless shower enclusure.  After getting bids from four different companies with prices ranging up to several thousand dollars, we landed on a great looking model for less than $500.

What is a Frameless Shower Enclosure?

A frameless shower enclosure is used to keep water in your shower.  They provide a really clean look because they don’t have a metal frame for support.  Regular shower enclosures and doors have a top and bottom metal rail and rails at the walls.  With this extra support a thinner glass can be used.  Frameless shower enclosures use a beefier glass, are typically more expensive and are a standard feature in most high-end homes.

The Best Deal Out There

The enclosure we chose is made by a company called Bath Authority and is in their Dreamline series of products.  The Dreamline Aqua Lux has a high quality look with a great price.  Some of the things we really liked about this particular frameless shower enclosure include…

Shower Door Thickness

5/16″ Thick Frameless Shower Enclosure

  • 5/16″ thick tempered glass…this is thick for an enclosure priced under $500
  • frameless = very limited metal used…which means no metal top or bottom rail like in many tub/shower doors
  • heavy duty hardware:  to get a quality look on a shower enclosure you need heavy duty looking hinges…this frameless shower enclosure definitely has that custom look
  • DIY installation  possible

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Why So Inexpensive?

Typically, a high-end frameless shower enclosure requires custom glass cutting to fit your particular space.  And when custom cutting is required, the cost goes up dramatically.  The particular frameless shower enclosure we used fits most standard five foot tub/showers without the need for any cutting.  The fixed glass panel is two feet wide and the door is approximately two feet wide.  So, you have another foot of opening in you shower exposed with no glass.
But won’t this leak water?  Believe it or not, no.  Have you have seen the three foot wide glass panels that people are now regularly using for showers and tubs?  These have a tendency to let some spray get outside of the tub.  With the frameless shower enclosure we used, very minimal spray gets by the four feet of glass.  That being said, if you opt for one of the jetted wall mounted spray units for your plumbing, you will probably want full coverage for the entire width of your shower.
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Where to Purchase?

You can get the frameless shower enclusure we used in many different places on the internet.  And the best part is, they will deliver it to your door…all for less than $500.  That beats straping it to your car roof for sure!  Here is the link to the shower door on Amazon.

How long does it take to install it yourself?

It took us about an hour total to install.  Stay tuned as we will publish a video and article later this week on how we installed this frameless shower enclosure in our new bath remodel.

Here’s a quick video of the frameless shower enclosure installed.

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