Clamps or U-Channel (Frameless Glass Shower)

jewelisfabulousFebruary 20, 2014

Is there anything I should know regarding these two ways to attach frameless glass shower panels? Is one considered more attractive by the majority? Is one type stronger/more sturdy? Are there cleaning concerns with one over another?

If it makes a difference in your advice, our shower won't be huge -- roughly 40" x 50".

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enduring

Here is a link that millworkman has posted to. He does shower doors for a living. Others posted too. Lots of nice pictures. It might be a helpful starting point for your inquiry.

Here is a link that might be useful: clamps or u-channel... from 2012

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 6:39PM
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renosarefun

Sorry for my confusion but I thought "frameless" meant no channel or clips or anything, hence âÂÂframeâ¦â¦â¦lessâÂÂ.

I had two bathrooms done in true frameless and its floor to ceiling glass with no u-channels, no clamps or any hardware at all. There are tiny clear rubber shims along the bottom and top and a small bead of silicone. ItâÂÂs easy to clean and no hardware to tarnish or rust and a really clean look.

Isn't that true frameless?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 7:11PM
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millworkman

There really has to be one or the other as far as I know as silicone alone will not work by itself.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 7:15PM
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amberm145_gw

I've never seen an installation that had nothing. "old school" framed shower doors had glass surrounded on all 4 sides with metal frames. "Frameless" means you don't have it surrounded. But you still need a mechanical way to hold it to the wall.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:43PM
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jewelisfabulous

Thank you for the link, Enduring. Still haven't decided which way to go. The u-channel I've seen at two local glass places is 3/4" (not as "low profile" as I'd like to see).

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 4:45PM
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dekeoboe

Renosarefun can you post a photo of your bathroom. I am curious to see how it was done without clamps or a u-channel.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 7:36AM
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millworkman

I would be interested to see that as well.....

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 12:43PM
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nycbluedevil

I have a 3/8" u channel on the top of my pony wall which is the only glass I have in my shower. The glass place insisted that there was no such thing as a 3/8" u channel and tried to sell me a 3/4" but I googled it to show them otherwise and pushed them and they ordered it. It looks great and is much less visible.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 3:38PM
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jewelisfabulous

Do you remember where you ordered from, NYCBlueDevil?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 4:17PM
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nycbluedevil

Strachman Glass on the upper west side. Are you in NYC?

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 4:16PM
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nycbluedevil

Strachman's on the upper west side. Are you in NYC?

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 4:17PM
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jewelisfabulous

No, I'm not, but if they ship, I'm golden. :)

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 5:54PM
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