Pros and Cons of Frameless Shower Enclosures

Glass shower enclosure

If you are renovating your bathroom, there are several pieces that you will almost certainly be looking to upgrade. Your vanity will be one of those features and your shower will be the other. When choosing the right shower, you will look at several types of options, including frameless shower enclosures. In today’s blog post, Ryan’s all-glass takes a look at the pros and cons of frameless shower enclosures.

Pro: Frameless Shower Enclosures Look Better

If you are renovating or redesigning your bathroom, you are likely doing it because you want your bathroom to look better. When it comes to design, this is clear: frameless shower enclosures look better than traditional enclosures. Framed shower enclosures are bulkier and more vulnerable to mold and mildew. A frameless enclosure is a clean and beautiful addition to your bathroom.  

Con: Frameless Options Will Cost More Money

While frameless shower enclosures are the best option in terms of the design of your bathroom, that benefit will come at a cost. Compared to more traditional enclosures, frameless options will typically cost more money. However, that money isn’t wasted. Unlike traditional options, frameless shower enclosures are often fully customizable. This allows you to conform your shower design to your bathroom design, rather than the other way around.

Pro: Frameless Options Are Cost-Effective

In the long run, frameless shower enclosures are more cost-effective than traditional options. They allow you to dictate the design of your bathroom because they are often fully customizable. They also minimize the risk of mold, which will save time and money on cleaning and repairs. Similarly, the absence of a frame means that you won’t have to worry about expenses related to damage or corrosion on metal frames and fittings.

Contact Ryan’s all-glass For More Offerings

If you are looking for a frameless shower enclosure, Ryan’s all-glass can help. For more information on the showers we offer, give us a call at (513) 771-4440 or contact us online today.

Custom Cut Glass: Waterjet Cutting

What is Waterjet Cutting?

Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutting is fast, simple and reliable. It’s ideal for endless projects, like frameless shower enclosures, mirrors, cut-outs, signs, and more. Advanced software guides the waterjet to design and cut professional, quality glass in no time. Here’s a bit more on waterjet cutting and how it works.

What is Waterjet Cutting?

Waterjet machinery combines high-pressure water flow and an abrasive garnet to pierce through thick glass in a smooth, controlled way. Software technology allows you to design a template for the machine to follow, and in just minutes the glass can be cut into any shape or pattern desired.

Waterjet cutting can be applied to steel, aluminum, granite, or even softer materials such as rubber or foam. This technology is ideal for a wide range of materials because it does not require high temperatures. However, certain limitations apply. Factors such as thickness, treatment and hardness limit what materials can be cut with a waterjet cutter.

How Does it Work?

The initial piercing must have equal parts water and abrasive to prevent cracking, as simply cutting with high-pressure water will crack the glass. To prevent tension that leads to cracks, a design is often implemented to reduce the amount of piercing needed. With one pierce point and a continuous flow until the end, this effective strategy prevents the glass from cracking.

The bottom of the glass must also be supported by a softer material, like plywood. This prevents water from ricocheting back into the glass and frosting the bottom.

What are the Limitations?

Tempered glass is impossible to cut with waterjet cutting, due to the amount of stress already placed on the glass by its treatment. Cutting it will shatter the glass and render it unusable. Also, as mentioned earlier, equal parts abrasive and water must be administered at the initial piercing. Even a millisecond of pure water could risk cracking the glass or material.

You can expect to run through one pound of abrasive per minute, depending on the type and quality of abrasive administered, and the machine itself. Different abrasives can be used for different materials, which could offset the operation costs.

Ryan’s all-glass is the Perfect Addition

Let Ryan’s all-glass help you create the perfect glass additions to your home or business. We offer a wide range of services, from commercial entrances to residential upgrades. Whatever you envision, Ryan’s all-glass can achieve. Contact an expert today for more information, or browse our website for more inspirations on all things glass.