To frame or not to frame. Here are the key differences. A standard framed enclosure for your shower or bathtub is the more affordable choice as compared to a custom design (because of the cost savings of volume production, not because of differences in quality). Standard framed enclosures are in stock and can be delivered in 3 to 5 days, while a frameless setup cannot be measured and ordered until the tile or marble has been installed, and then takes a few weeks. Both framed and frameless are made with tempered safety glass, but the frameless enclosure uses a heavier glass. Only frameless doors can be configured to swing both inwards and outwards, whereas framed doors must swing outwards only. From the interior design perspective, frameless enclosures bring a more open feeling to the room, with cleaner lines and less metal. Either one is an excellent choice for your bathroom renovation.