Framed shower enclosures have tempered glass panels framed in metal with sliding or swinging doors. They can have channel to create the finished shower enclosure. The cost is the most affordable option. The glass thickness is thinner on the framed option because the frame helps give each piece support.

Framed shower enclosures are difficult to repair. Finding replacement parts is difficult because you will need to go back to the original manufacturer. Very little customization options are available for glass and hardware. You could expect a framed shower enclosure, when purchased from a reputable company and installed by a professional, will last for 10 years or more. Fully framed shower screens have withstood the test of time and are low maintenance.