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Tub & Shower Enclosures
1) Framed Enclosure-Aluminum around the perimeter of the enclosure and around the glass. This type of system has the most metal, but also the fewest leaks. The glass thickness is usually 3/16” to ¼”

2) Frameless Enclosure-No frame around the door, minimum around the perimeter. This system looks cleaner with less metal than the framed system. 3/16” or ¼” glass thickness also.

3) Heavy Glass Enclosure- 3/8” or ½” thick glass, minimum of framing. This system looks the cleanest, but because of a minimum of framing, is not as leak-free as a framed system. Usually this system uses vinyl weather-stripping between the glass sidelight and door, with the pressure of the glass door leaning against the vinyl to keep it sealed. Needless to say, a framed enclosure with aluminum, rubber, and a magnetic strip to hold the door closed seals much better. However, in the looks department, nothing can beat a heavy glass enclosure.