Both framed and frameless doors should be installed by remodeling professionals. Whether the glass can be store bought or custom made depends on the design, size, shape and height of your shower.
Therefore, remodeling professionals will begin the installation process by creating a template out of the exact measurements of your shower. Thin pieces of wood strips are used as a map of what’s to become of the space.
The installation of a frameless door may be more labor-intensive than a framed door because the clips used to attach the door need to be perfectly level to prevent the heavy door from sagging over time.
If tile is installed in the shower, then special drill bits are needed to attach the clips properly. Heavy silicone caulk is used where the glass meets the walls on stationary panels to prevent leaks. You can expect installation of frameless doors to take a minimum of three to four hours.
Framed doors are slightly easier to install because the glass is thinner and the doors are less heavy. The frame makes the installation faster, as the glass rests on this rather than on a clip or hinge. Caulk is still necessary to secure the frame and ensure that the glass is held properly in the frame. The installation time usually takes about one to two hours.
Keep in mind that if templating is done, then there is a lead time of two to three weeks between templating and installation of the doors.