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    For over 25 years we have been in business designing custom frameless shower enclosures, in that time we have come across just about everything. From design flaws, to Do-it-Yourself disasters that are just too dreadful to even mention. So, we created design tips to help guide you, as well as illustrate for you what to avoid when preparing your opening for a Frameless Shower Door.To get started, simply click a number above, or you can use your arrows keys

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    Never design a curb (the sill that is under the door area) on an angle. This applies to 135 degree standard angle enclosures, 90 degree enclosures, as well as custom angle enclosure openings. Always design a curb so the door can swing freely in and out. The only way to do this is by making the curb hit the return knee wall or angle sill at 90 degrees (square).

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    Always pitch seats and shower floor pans so the water drains properly to the drain area. You do not want water to be stagnant or puddling will occur. Always pitch the curb sill under the door, on knee walls, and under all fixed panels approximately 3/16” in towards the interior of the shower enclosure to ensure proper drainage with no stagnant water buildup. Always try and use a continuous piece of marble or granite to minimize grout joints under the glass.

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    There is nothing standard about a frameless shower enclosure, but you should always work off of standard angles when possible.90 degree, 135 degree, 180 degree angles are your standard in the industry.

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    For best results the soffits must be plumb to the lower curbs. The will ensure satisfaction on your design and give a perfect reveal.

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    For best results, all body sprays should be directed towards the tile wall or fixed panels. Keep direct water spray away from the door. Never install body sprays directly opposite an enclosure door or opening. The only vulnerable area of a frameless shower enclosure is the door! So try to always keep direct water spray away (body jets and shower heads) from the door to ensure less water from escaping.

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    Due to polishing and tempering procedures a 4 ½” minimum width is required for glass panels.

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    If you are planning to use a decorative listello raised border or any border for that matter, always use one that is flush or flat with the other tile in the shower door area. If you choose to use one that sticks out past the wall tile, make sure it stops before the door area. Nothing should be protruding out that would interfere with the door swing.

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    Never use glass tiles! When considering a frameless design that would require drilling into the tile. Inevitable the glass will crack during the drilling process, or over time.

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    Any overhangs near the door opening may cause problems, such as gaps, that will result in serious leaking issues. Always run the tile flush with the vertical rise tile.

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    Pitch guidelines for shower curb. See below.

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    Always level the rise where the door closes this is most important; otherwise a costly custom double cut door is required.

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    When a return panel of glass that sits on a knee wall or a tub deck requires the glass to be notched, make sure the “leg” is no smaller than 4 ½” or a separate piece will need to be added creating another seam that can be avoided.

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    When designing your enclosure, try to never leave your tile, marble, granite, tub decks, etc. overhang anywhere. If it does, a notch can be made with a diamond saw. Make the notch 1/8” wider than the glass and no more than ¾” deep to minimize breakage.

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    Always install a vertical wood stud where the door hinges will be placed or fixed panels are to be clipped too. Never run wires or pipes through or in front of the studs where the anchoring will be done. If you already did put pipes or wires where they shouldn’t be, make sure you tell us and we will manufacture the glass to ensure the screws miss them when the installation takes place.

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    If you are designing an enclosure that has a knee wall, always allow enough of a ledge for a small panel to join the 90 degree return panel that goes on top of the knee wall. This not only creates a small shelf and more room in the shower area, it secures the larger return panel eliminating almost all the flex from the 90 degree return piece.

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    Wall Problems

    Walls which meet a door or a glass panel DO NOT need to be exactly vertical or “plumb” in order to prevent gaps, uneven joints, etc. Here at Frameless, we specialize in custom cutting your glass in house to conform to out of plumb walls (not level or perfectly straight). Other companies will tell you that this is not possible. We are telling you it is! It is very rare that we cannot configure a frameless shower door or enclosure to accommodate even the worst of openings.

    The images under Yes mean we can use a wall mounted hinge. The ones that say “need header” simply means we can cut the glass to the belly or bow or even high points of tiles that stick out, we would just have to use a header to offset the hinges to accommodate a bad tile job.

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    Be careful where you place your towel bar! Remember, we are here to help. If you have a question or concern, please let us know and we will make sure issues like this one does not happen to you.

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Customer Testimonials

There is a cliché that people say “it was a pleasure to have met you” but those are the truest sentiments of our experience referring to Steven Bowder. When you feel lost and someone gives you a helping hand without making you feel belittled or inexperienced, we consider that to be positive and that is what Steven did for us. This gentleman is an asset to your company. He was patient polite and considerate not to mention very competent and skilled at walking us thru the process of measuring for our shower door from miles across the country. We were able to ask him anything and he was able to provide an expert opinion so that we could understand it and make a good decision.
He was the difference between staying with this company or choosing another company that we had considered.
It is a pleasure to work with Steven who represents your company well.

Charles and Nancy Jones

If you’re a fairly competent do-it-yourself-er who wants the best quality custom shower door for a very good value, you may confidently proceed with Frameless Shower Doors.

John Seng – Maryland

I’ve ordered twice with this company and have gotten my products faster & better than anything available locally. I’ve been very happy with their service as well.

Ritch Trenda – Hawaii

Beautiful doors and we are very happy with the results!

Allen Gorden – Valparaiso Indiana

Tom, thank you for all your help with the purchase of my frameless shower door. It fits like a glove! I’m very pleased with the quality of the unit as well as the ease of the installation.

Eddie Virts – South Carolina

The bathroom project is finished and it turned out great! The glass was the icing on the cake! It turned out perfect. It was a pleasure doing business with your company. Steve (Technical Advisor) helped me with the measurements and they were right on. The quality of the glass and the hardware is top notch. The shipping department also did a great job crating the glass for a safe delivery. I will and already have recommended you to friends. Thanks for all your help!

Gary – Flemington, NJ

My shower door looks great and it was easy to install! Thanks for all your help.

David Golden – Fort Worth, TX

Hana, did an amazing job explaining my options with glass doors. Very helpful and very articulate. Hoping to do business with her in the near future

Jaun Velasquez – Florida

Very pleased with my purchase of the HydroSlide Frameless shower door unit. From initial contact to the delivery. Everything went as expected with no surprises. Thank you to Tom Cannon for all your help. I’m very happy with the quality of the unit and the ease of installation. Fits like a glove. The StayClean coating is worth every penny. Will definitely recommend to anyone needing a FRAMELESS shower door.

Eddie Virts – South Carolina

I have used this company in the past and their product is Outstanding along with their sales staff and employees. Having an issue with a shipping company in my local area I requested a different shipping company. I initially posted a bad review but received a call from the President of the company and worked through this issue. With that being said there are few companies with this many levels of employees making sure Customers come first even when handling conflict. Thank you for your working this! You can buy a great product from a great vendor but you will be happier using The Original when you walk out your shower door!

Berton Pennell – Colorado

What a great company. I was a little skeptical about ordering glass from so far away but they did a great job on packaging it. Customer service was excellent and Hana was a great help to me with measuring and providing me with pictures of the hinges so I could figure out positioning them. Five star all the way!!!!

Joey Lorenz – Maryland

Installation of the double slider was VERY simple – the doors installed in about an hour. They are engineered very well for very easy installation – AND they look fabulous.
I have one more bathroom to do and will definitely order again.

Jay Gardner – Colorado

Our new frameless shower door is my new handyman pride and joy of the year! I can tell that Frameless Shower Doors is a well-managed company with a solid team behind all the above-named people who implement a philosophy of best quality in product and customer service. Might look like an over-the-top endorsement here, and sorry, but truth be told! If you’re a fairly competent do-it-yourselfer who wants the best quality custom shower door for a very good value, you may confidently proceed with Frameless Shower Doors.

John Seng – Maryland

Allison Stoner performed excellent customer service and ensured that our door was delivered seemlessly, with the proper measurements and delivery instructions. It fit like a glove!

Larchmont, NY

I just finished my master bath project and wanted you to know how awesome your product is and how easy it was to install for 2 people. The frameless door looks awesome and fits as advertised – perfect. This is the second frameless door I have purchased and installed from your company and I am thrilled with both. If I have another bathroom remodel project at home, I will definitely be ordering from you. See attached for a couple pictures of the finished product.

Denny Fulmer – Missouri

Thanks Donna for making this a smooth and easy process. I really love the quality of the material and the ease of installation with your step by step videos and piece of mind knowing there was technical assistance if I needed it. But I didn’t….the videos are great and the 30% cheaper price tag made it a no brainier . I’m so impressed that I want to become a authorized frameless shower doors installer in my area.

Jason Soares Dezign Renovations Westport, MA

Every day when I step into my new shower with the fabulous frameless doors, I am so thrilled. I want to thank you and your team for doing such a wonderful job on the doors. They fit perfectly and the notch for the decorative tile is amazing. The doors arrived as scheduled and in perfect condition and with significant savings. The whole process was so easy and I can’t praise enough the professionalism and expertise of everyone involved. I highly recommend Frameless Shower Doors on-line ordering.

Mary O ‘Malley – Massachusetts

I just installed my 90 degree shower enclosure and the single door in our kids bathroom. I couldn’t be happier. I want to compliment you on a few things: 1. Manufacturing was perfect. Accurate cuts, quality materials, no missing parts or accessories, extra pieces where it made sense. NOTHING felt cheap or low quality. 2. The videos and tech support helped my wife and I do the two installations in one weekend without any blunders. We didn’t damage anything. We didn’t have to redrill any holes. We easily made a couple of fine adjustments that were necessary. 3. The final results are stunning. We visited many bath centers and looked at professionally installed frameless showers that were twice the price. Ours looks better and feels like higher quality. 4. You saved us at least $1000 if not more compared to what we’d have paid to have a local contractor supply and install this.

Same Washburn – Andover, MA

I wanted to write to thank you guys for the great product and service you continually produce for us from project to project. We are a certified general contractor firm and we do about 30 bathrooms a year. Frameless Shower Doors has been and will be our only choice when hiring a sub contractor to install our frameless shower enclosures. They always deliver on time and we have found they have the best prices when compared to the competition. It has been a pleasure working with you and keep up the good work!

Sivan Kathein President Complete Home Improvement

The quality, care and attention to detail are second to none. Every project I have given them has come below budget, and above expectation. The work is flawless, I have no complaints about Frameless Shower Doors, from the customer service, to the delivery, everything is professional and perfect. They designed a glass enclosure for my shower, and it is one of the best features of the house. I have many options for my glass work, but I have consistently returned to Frameless Shower Doors, because the quality is always there. My latest project was for glass doors for my office space, it was a difficult design and fabrication with color, and it was done to perfection. I could not be happier.

Saber Supplies Inc.

Dear mark, just a note to thank everyone, our shower doors look beautiful. quality of the doors and the installation are excellent. Your turn around time was excellent. It is nice to find this quality of service. it was a pleasure to deal with your company, we are a very satified customer and would not go anywhere else for future renovations.

best regards, Fulya Z. boca raton, fl.

I just wanted to say thank you for the customer service you and the rest of the group at Frameless have provided to us. We saw your display at D and B and I called you as soon as we got back into the car. Someone actually answered the phone and we scheduled an appt to have someone come out and measure. Victor arrived yesterday and was professional and thorough. As I told you we met with 3 other companies and 2 of them took no more then 5 minutes to give us a quote. One company came in measured and over a week later called with a quote which didn’t sit well with me. We look forward to the install next week and I am sure we will not be disappointed with the finished product. Keep up the good work, you don’t find quality people like you anymore.

Thanks, Susan O.

Last Friday we had a new frameless shower door installed in our master bathroom. I just wanted to let you know how happy we are with a new door. It looks great and definitely upgraded the look of our bathroom. I also wanted to let you know that Danny and Blair did a great job. They were pleasant and they worked so quietly, I hardly knew they were there. My thanks to them for a fantastic job.

Marcy P.

Dear Friends,

Only hope you know how much I appreciate your ever kind & thoughtful ways! Thank you for your gift of the glass for my new home here at Saint Elizabeth Church. If I could ever help you in any way, please feel free to ask.

Blessings, Father Naughton Coral Springs, FL

Dear Friends,

Only hope you know how much I appreciate your ever kind & thoughtful ways! Thank you for your gift of the glass for my new home here at Saint Elizabeth Church. If I could ever help you in any way, please feel free to ask.

Blessings, Father Naughton Coral Springs, FL

On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #87, I would like to thank you and The Original Frameless Shower Doors for their generosity in helping Officer Paul Kempinski in a time of need. As you know, Officer Kempinski was shot four times by two armed robbers while protecting the citizens of Coral Springs. Because of you and your company, we were able to fix his house up so that he and his wife, Lisa, could move in and he could recover from his wounds. Thanks again for your generosity.

Sincerely, Michael K. Hughes President, Fraternal Order of Police Coral Springs Lodge #87

Our average house ranges from $800K to up to $4 million dollars. John and his staff are very professional, very knowledgeable in their field and I would highly recommend them to anybody.

Mike Mrachek – Mrachek Builders

Installation was done very quickly and I was very comfortable with the technicians that were in my home. I would highly recommend The Original Frameless Shower Doors to any of my family and friends.

Lori Camnenster – Client

We recently purchased a house in the area, it needed a lot of work, especially in the bathroom. We had nobody to call, so like anybody else I went in the yellow pages. We were lucky because we found The Original Frameless Shower Doors. They did a great job for us. They came out, gave us a great price. Before you know it they had the whole thing installed. John and his team did a fantastic job. If you’re in the market for any kind of shower door, steam or whatever I highly recommend you call John he’ll do a great job at a great price.

Andy Smith – Client

Here are some photos of the install. Customers are happy with the look. Thank you for the great customer service and information. I will definitely keep your company as a good source for any future needs.

Brian Dafforn (Hatten, North Dakota)

Thank you very much for my beautiful showers. I will definitely recommend your company to other family and friends here in the Bahamas.

Rachael Dean (Bahamas)

I just wanted to send a picture of our bathroom completed, with the shower screen. Thank you for your great service. I have something similar for my other bathroom. I will contact you when we are ready to order. Thanks again.

Jennifer (Coral Gables, FL)

I got glass panels and hardware today – it made it to Minnesota intact. Nice choice on R&L Carriers, they are very easy to work with. Glass panels are very impressive and well cut.

Mikhail (Minnesota)

Hi Stephanie,

Got my shower door yesterday and installed it in about 2 hours. Tell your fabricators “job well done!” It could not off fit more perfectly. The door plumbed and leveled perfectly and ended up with a perfect 1/8” margin against the wall and the fixed panel. That’s pretty good shooting for your boys considering the target was so far away. Thanks again for all your help

Roger Decker (Decker Reality – Staunton, VA)

A quick note to say how pleased we are with the new shower that your crew installed in our condo unit up in Stuart this past Friday. It look terrific! The two technicians were quick, courteous, and did not create a mess. On a scale of 1-10, the experience and final product was a solid 10. Many thanks! We will gladly recommend your services to those in our circle of friends who are planning to install a new shower.

Dennis L. Fruitt

Just wanted to let you know how satisfied I am with the way Justin and Carl installed my shower. These two young men are very courteous. They provide superb customer service. With my experience with Justin and Carl I will not hesitate to recommend The Original Frameless Shower Doors. These are two fine workers and I take pleasure in saying so.

God Bless – Iva Miller

Kyle and his helper, Gardiner, were here this morning and they did a fabulous job. They took down the mirror with the defect without damaging either side of the wall…amazing!!!!! The new mirror looks beautiful…love it! Thank you for standing behind your product. And the shower door fits perfect. Kyle has such great expertise…he is so skilled in what he does…he took the time to answer my questions….Kyle is an amazing asset for The Original Frameless Shower Doors. Both guys work well as a team They are both gentlemen, courteous, they work neatly and clean up well. They sure know their stuff!!!! My total bathroom project is now complete….time for a shower in my new beautiful bathroom

Jaime Eckhaus

To whom it may concern,

I just wanted to let you know that my shower door turned out awesome! The door was installed within 72 hours from the time I placed the order. The men were very neat, clean and professional. I love the fact that my glass is stain resistant and I’ll never have to worry about any corrosion on the glass. My neighbor came over and saw the door and couldn’t believe how beautiful it looks, she’ll be calling you soon. I would not hesitate to recommend you to my friends and family. Thank you so much!

Robin H (Coral Springs, FL)


I would like to thank you and everyone there for the great customer service and support my company has received. I always get great pricing and prompt service every time. The Original Frameless Shower Doors is my #1 supplier.

Jeff Graley (President, American Home Improvement)

I want to thank The Original Frameless Shower Doors for all their prompt and courteous service. I spoke with Stephanie over the phone and she was able to answer all my questions and guide me in the right direction. She sent a salesman to my home to take measurements, I ordered my shower and within 2 days it was made and ready to be installed. The installers showed up on time and did a great job. I will be sure to recommend your company to friends and family.

Nikki R. (Coral Springs, FL)

We were very pleased with the service given to us by Frameless Shower Doors. Jordan and his co-worker arrived at our house to install a shower door and were neat and very professional. We highly recommend “The Original Frameless Shower Doors” to anyone thinking of remodeling their bathroom

Barbara & Ron, Boca Raton, FL

In my business, quality products and customer service are key, and The Original Frameless Shower Doors allows me to provide my customers with both. John and his team are always professional, on time and quick with turnaround. Products created in their state of the art manufacturing facility are of the highest quality and provide my customers with the satisfaction of knowing that they not only have fantastic-looking mirror and glass work in their homes, but that those products will last. The services provided by John and everyone and Frameless have kept Princeton a loyal customer for fifteen years

Brad (President, Princeton Kitchen)

We recently had a successful installation of a new shower door. Overall positive experience with the frameless shower door company was smooth from our initial visit to the extraordinary showroom and production area, the explanation of the different glass options, their thorough engineering review, turnaround and service installation, to our most recent follow up phone call and visit to our home post installation to assure that we are happy with the end result. It has been a pleasure to work with a caring and professional company and staff that exude great service experience, from its owner John, to his employees Mark, Mike, Gerard and Kyle.

Many thanks. – Dr. and Mrs. Mark Gutt

Just a quick note to thank your gentlemen for your fine service! You’re always on time and you bring the job in on budget, I can’t ask for more than that!

David Cheger

Another good customer satisfied by frameless. Came in to tell me John from frameless is great and is excellent to recommend.

Thomas Back

Awesome job John. Thanks for your dedication to helping us complete so quickly.


Thanks, another good job. Hope I can get a tour of your “production facility “ before you expand again and more!


Dear John,

The doors are absolutely gorgeous, beautiful – perfect. We love them- What a difference they make.

Thank you! – Ro & Rida

Last Friday we had a new frameless shower door installed in out master bathroom. I just wanted to let you know how happy we are with the door. It looks great and definitely upgraded the look of our bathroom. I also wanted to let you know that Danny and Blair did a great job. They were very pleasant and they worked so quietly, I hardly knew they were there. My thanks to them for a fantastic job.

Marcy Potts

Hi John,

Last week I had a shower enclosure installed and was very satisfied with your company’s professionalism and employees. It was a pleasure doing business with you and I especially want to thank Victor for all his efforts. He is an asset to your company and takes pride in his job. From start to finish the process went very smooth and everyone was accommodating. My old enclosure was removed on a Saturday and the new one was ready to be installed on Monday. I would highly recommend your company to friends and family in the future.

Sincerely Sheree Novick


Just a note to say “thank you” for your prompt installation, and to let you know how much we appreciate the professionalism of the staff of your company. We were very pleased with our salesperson Alex, as well as the installers Andrew and Michael who worked here today.

Thank you very much, Leonard & Betsy

Dear friends,

Only hope you know how much I appreciate your ever kind and thoughtful ways! Thank you for your gift of the glass for my new home here at Saint Elizabeth Church. If I could ever help you in any way, please feel free to call.

Blessings, Father Naughton

Dear John,

I just wanted to first thank you for your help with my order, you covered every detail perfectly. The enclosure yesterday afternoon. All boxes were in good shape as were all contents. You manufactured EXACTLY what i measured, and it is perfect! Being a rookie, it took me about 3 hours to install. Today I will do final tune up on gaps and silicone. Your measuring and install packets were very handy. Thank you again for your professional guidance!

Sincerely, Phill Hill/ Santa Rosa, CA.


To say I am pleased with the finished product is an understatement. The workmanship and quality your company has provided is amazing. My carpenter did a beautiful job installing it and we appreciated the installation video. The installation kit was also very helpful. Thank you again so much for all your help and patience with all my questions. I will certainly be referring you and your company to other looking for shower door/glass options.

Carolyn F. / New Hampshire

I am very pleased with the quality of the door, so is the homeowner. Service was great, and the door fit perfectly. I will definetly do more business with you. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Todd D./ San Luis Obispo, CA

Sir, I am really impressed with the glass enclosure in my bathroom. I can’t find fault anywhere. The measurement, time to completion and installation went perfectly. Thanks for a beautiful job at a great price. I have already recommended you to two friends that are prominent contractors in the area. I wish you and your crew well, thanks again.

Kevin K. Tequesta, FL

What impresses me the most is that you and your fabricators knew exactly what I wanted and made it perfectly right the first time. You would be surprised how many people locally could not understand what I wanted to do or told me it could not be done the way I wanted. We proved them wrong!


Roger Decker (Staunton, Virginia)

Paul and I would like you to know how much we love our new shower doors. They are beautiful. Yes, we will also put them in our second bathroom remodel and our third, on down the road. You have alovely showroom and Ed was was very patient and informative. He was amazing. The installers Dan & Julian were also polite, clean and professional. Thank you so much for helping us through it Erika.

Pamela and Paul Coppola

Big or small orders, sales reps. treat me with the upmost respect, professionalism and courtesy with an overwhelming selection of glass to choose from with the lowest possible prices. So glad our business has found The Original Frameless Shower Doors.

Anson G from Gallaway Home Improvement (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)

A small word to say that my husband and I are very satisfied with our bathroom frameless shower doors which were recently installed. You have professional employees, fast delivery of the product and immaculate installation. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the company to my friends and family

Marie Rozon (Sunrise, FL)

Just wanted to share with you the update on my shower: Received the door & pane approx. 1:00 pm this Monday and by 5:00 pm everything was installed. Please see attachment pictures. Thank you for your help and assistance. I am very happy with my Shower Doors.

Thanks again, Louis

Just wanted to let you all know that Will and his helper came to my house today and did a great job installing the new shower enclosure. He took his time, he was meticulous about his work, very well mannered, and the job came out great. I could tell he wanted to make me, the customer, happy. I’m in customer service myself and I think it’s important to recognize an employee for going that extra mile. Will’s assistant was also extremely polite and helpful. Overall they provided a good reflection of your company.
Justin also did a great job with his part and was able to come up with solutions to a couple of bumps in the road so that I could have a frame-less enclosure. He was always responsive to my text messages and/or phone calls as we were going along.
Thanks very much for the beautiful shower enclosure.

Barbara French, FL