Here we tackle what they are…when there used and the cost differences between each.
There are a number of reasons to choose a framed enclosure vs. semi-frameless or frameless shower doors. The most likely reasons are aesthetics & budget. When someone comes into one of our showrooms the first things we find out is “is this a new renovation or older bathroom?”. If you have just taken the time, money & effort into a new bathroom renovation it is likely you are going to finish off the project with a frameless shower enclosure as it will likely be the focal point of the bathroom.
Following the “less is more” philosophy, the less frame on a shower enclosure the more it will cost.
If you are just replacing your older shower enclosure you probably don’t want to go for the extra cost of frameless when all you need is the function of a shower door with a cost-effective price point. In this scenario, most will lean toward a framed or semi-frameless enclosure.