A Frameless shower enclosure is characterized by the use of as little metal as possible. Depending on the design The fixed panels will be attached by clips, or there may be some metal (u-channel) required around the exterior of the fixed panels. A header may be required for safety/support reasons. Glass thickness will be 3/8” or 1/2" and the door will be attached by hinges only. See below for some examples of framed enclosures.
Semi Frameless Enclosures
A Semi Frameless shower enclosure has metal around the entire structure, but does not have metal around the entire door – Thus the term semi frameless. Glass thickness will ordinarily be 3/16” to 1/4". When closed these doors look very much like fully framed doors. See below for some examples of semi framed doors.
A Framed shower enclosure refers to any enclosure that has metal around the entire structure – Including the door. Glass thickness will ordinarily be 3/16” to 1/4"See below for some examples of framed enclosures.