Frameless or Semi-Frameless Shower Screens – Which Is Best?

Young woman taking showerAlthough a shower screen is functional, it can also be a design statement. Nothing says this better than a semi-frameless or frameless shower screen. However when it comes to making a choice, they both have their relative pros and cons, so what’s good for one person might not necessarily suit the criteria of another. Let’s take a look at some of them.


When it comes to cost, the frameless variety is often up to 50% more expensive. As the name suggests it’s a screen that has no framing around it whatsoever and this means that it’s held up with a sophisticated fixing mechanism using specialised toughened fixings. This is where the the bulk of the cost is swallowed up. A semi-frameless shower screen on the other hand is framed around the perimeter of the glass and as they’re easier to fit and don’t require specialist fixings, they’re usually cheaper.


Both semi-framed and frameless glass shower screens come in thicknesses of 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm. The ten and twelve millimetre are normally toughened glass and these are the sizes that are most popular. They both also comes in a choice of tinted, frosted, clear and slump glass and on some you can even have your own bespoke design if you wish – although this comes at a price. On a semi-framed glass shower screen the framing is usually fashioned from aluminium and as such comes in a wide variety of colours and shades. This means that it’s easy to find a screen that matches perfectly with your colour scheme.


When it comes to overall finish and look, both can appear fantastic given the right setting,. However if you were a perfectionist going for that sophisticated, seamless, steam-lined design in your bathroom, then a frameless shower screen really does give it the wow factor. For this reason it has the edge.

So what’s the verdict?

Semi-frameless shower screens can still give a great look and come in many different guises. They also offer virtually everything a frameless shower screen can give. So if you’re looking to jazz up your bathroom with a glass shower screen but without the high cost, then consider a semi-framed version. If however you won’t compromise when it comes to specific design aspects, then be prepared to dig deep and pay considerably more.

If you’re looking for style, beauty and elegance in your shower screen, then speak to Down Under Screens & Security. We can help you to find the right style that’s sure to enhance your home. Contact us on 07 3807 3355 and put us to the test today!

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