Semi frameless

9:02 AM // by Evgenii Fedoruk

There is a fair amount of confusion when discussing the terms Semi Frameless and Frameless shower enclosures. For example, our lead shower enclosure project manager at Insight Glass recently told me we need to stop referring to our heavy glass enclosures (3/8” or 1/2" glass) as frameless when we install them with U-Channel as the customer is confused when they see the metal. Customers are also confused when we install a semi frameless shower enclosure and they see metal around the entire enclosure. So, with a few pictures and some descriptions, hopefully we can clear this up as the last thing we want at Insight Glass is a confused customer.
A Framed shower enclosure is pretty simple to define – It has metal around the entire structure – Including the door. See the picture to the right and note the metal around the door.
A Semi Frameless shower enclosure also has metal around the entire structure, but does not have metal around the entire door – Thus the term semi frameless. See the picture to the right and note the metal around the door is only on the bottom to control drip.