The simplest form of shower screens is the curtains. A curtain may be as simple as a decorative plastic sheet that is hung from a curtain rod. It offers easy universal access, along with several other advantages, but does little to enhance the decor. Although it may cost a lot less than other alternatives, it may actually subtract from any appeal that you may wish to add, both in terms of value and appearance.
Shower screens serve a number of different functions. They not only protect, but they can also be decorative. Glass, when used in shower screens can add versatility to any decor. With glass, there is no dominant color scheme to be matched. Any color can be combined with glass. The drawback of course, is that it is transparent and offers no privacy.
Glass screens can be used as a suitable alternative to the customary shower curtains that are usually made of vinyl. They can add a smart, snappy appearance, which also seems to enhance the cleanliness of the area. They are constructed to last for longer periods, although, a bit more may be required in terms of maintenance. Shower curtains made of vinyl, or other materials, such polyester or composites, usually require replacement after a certain period. The replacement period will depend on the quality of the material, and the frequency of use of the shower area. One of the problems associated with these types of curtains is that, there is always moisture present in the environment to encourage the growth of molds, and it is always preferable to choose curtains made of mold resistant material. They may be a bit more expensive, but replacement periods will be longer than that of vinyl. Although they may last longer, there is no escaping the fact, that even mold resistant shower screens may need to be replaced at some period.
As part of the purification process, calcium is added to water to remove impurities. When the water evaporates, the calcium, commonly known as lime-scale is left behind. The lime-scale, seen as discolouration due a white chalky film, can be difficult to remove, if it is not dealt with as soon as possible. There are some chemical products available, that may designated specifically for removing lime-scale, but the efficacy of some of these products has been questioned.
Glass shower screens can, and should be cleaned frequently in order to maintain its original appearance. One of the popular solutions for maintaining the enhanced finish of the glass surface is frequent cleaning with a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and water. Frequent cleaning will prevent build-up of calcium deposits from the hard water that causes discolouration.
Shower screens made of glass, are often smoked or scalloped to offer some degree of privacy, making them a popular option for shower enclosures. In rooms where water splashes and puddles are always present, as well as chemicals in toiletries and cosmetics, most of the surfaces installed, should be resistant to water, and glass becomes an obvious choice.