Many factors play into the cost of a custom glass shower door. Factors that impact shower enclosure or shower door cost include:
- The size of the opening (four feet, five feet, open on multiple sides)
- Type of door (frameless, semi-frameless or framed)
- Configuration of the door (sliding or hinged)
- The metal type used for hardware (chrome, oil rubbed bronze, matte black, etc.)
- Glass thickness (3/16 inch, 1/4 inch, 5/16 inch, 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch)
- Difficulty of installation
Common types of shower doors are frameless, semi-frameless, and framed. These classifications are based on the amount of metal used to secure the shower door. Typically, a door with less frame is more expensive than a similar door that has more frames. This is because it takes a greater level of precision to install a shower enclosure that has less metal.
Framed shower doors are the safest and protected shower doors. These are becoming less common as they are more difficult to keep clean and do not look as modern as newer frameless styles.
Frameless shower doors have increased in popularity because they offer a clean and clear look that is not usually seen with framed shower doors. Frameless shower doors are typically made of very thick glass at either 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch thickness. Semi-frameless or framed doors can have thinner glass than frameless doors — typically 3/16 inch or 1/4 inch thickness — because they are supported by additional metal.
The cost for a frameless shower door is around $1200–$2500 depending on the variables described. If a frameless door is out of your budget, you might consider a semi-frameless shower door. The cost of a sliding semi-frameless shower door in a standard four feet, five feet, or tub opening starts around $500.