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Your New Frameless Shower: U-Channel or Clip Installation?

A frameless shower is a beautiful new addition to any bathroom. It gives your bathroom the illusion of more space, opening the area to a light, airy, and spa-like feel.

U-channel Installation Method

Frameless showers are frameless in the sense that you will not see an unattractive frame surrounding the enclosure’s edges as you would in a typical shower. However, frameless showers do need some kind of device to keep the panels of glass strong and in place. One such device is a U-channel, or a tiny U-shaped metal frame. Yes, it is technically a frame, but it will not compromise your desired aesthetic of a minimal shower space.

The U-channel is a metal tract that acts like a pocket for the glass panels to fit into. The finished product hardly shows the frames and offers a strong foundation for your enclosure. Plus, this type of installation is fast and easy. Modern U-channel installation methods don’t require silicone sealants between the metal and glass. Instead, clear vinyl grasps the inside of the U-channel, securing the glass. The downside to this installation method is that owners will have to clean and scrub to keep mildew from manifesting between the frame and glass.

Installation Using Clips

Clip (or “clamp”) installation uses small metal clips to hold the glass in place, attached to fixed panels on your tile floor. There is no metal tract running the length of your glass when you choose this type of installation – just small clips holding your glass effortlessly in place. Clips have earned the reputation as “fully frameless” for shower enclosures because they truly don’t use a frame. Clips create a clear, almost uninterrupted shower space. They also don’t require cleaning to prevent mold and mildew. However, clips tend to be slightly more expensive and time-consuming to install.

Choosing Your Installation Type

Both types of installation achieve the frameless shower appearance that’s so desirable today. One is not necessarily better than the other; it depends on personal preference. Consider your budget and time frame, but look at the bigger picture – do you want a small metal frame or no frame at all when you walk into your bathroom and look at your shower? Contact the experts at Maryland Frameless Showers to get more details about each installation type.

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- Rafael Morales

Quote to install- everything promised was delivered. Love the new door.

- John Alfriend

Amazing work, from the quote to the install. The door is awesome, everything we were promised about the door was delivered. Thank you…

- Larry Hountz

Great experience, from the day of the measurement to final installation. One minor issue that I didn’t even catch, but the team pointed it out to me and had a replacement part installed within a week. Very happy – looks great!

- Paul Barbera

MFS are the best when it comes to custom glass enclosures!! There work is always top notch and beautiful!! I would highly recommend them to anyone!!

- David

After talking with several shower door company’s, I am very glad that I decided to go with Maryland Frameless Showers. There was great communication throughout the entire process. I like that the owner, Jim, came out to measure my shower and listened to what i wanted. He did what other companies told me was not possible! The price was fair and no one tried to “upsell” me products that I did not need. Our new shower looks fantastic and I highly recommend this company.

- Bev Jordan

Very, very pleased. Everyone we talked to was so responsive, friendly, and knew exactly what they were talking about. Finished product is fantastic and price was very fair. I will be recommending you all to anyone who asks.

- Noah Karchmer

Thank you for frameless doors and showers they did a wonderful job the workmanship is beautiful. They were very fast and very dependable the owner of the company is a beautiful person with accurate measurements the glass fit right in place and me and my wife is very happy. We looked at a lot of shower door companies and Frameless shower door who we chose. And again thank you frameless shower doors for a beautiful job well done I will use you again.

- Tremont Brown

I love my new shower enclosure. Everyone was professional from estimate to installation and willing to go the extra mile to accommodate my preinstall tile repair. My master bath looks fantastic!

- Fran Watki ouns

Excellent Service!! Very professional, personable, proficient and most importantly experienced. This was such an easy process from coming out to take the measurements to the installation. Service was amazing and the custom shower glass was ordered and it came in so fast. It looks amazing! I received the look that I wanted, so chic and classy! I am definitely satisfied and I highly recommend this company.

- Shaun Taylor

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