Glass Shower Screens Can Add Versatility

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.

With Easily Installed Shower Screens, Residents Can Have A Functional Bathroom In Just A Day

When families move into a previously owned home, they can be quick to take note of the current condition of the different rooms and determine if any changes can be made to improve their layout, appearance, or functionality. The living room, for example, could use a fresh coat of paint in a lighter colour to bring in the outdoor light and make the space feel a lot more airy and spacious, the kitchen could be fitted with more cupboards for storage and additional lights to illuminate countertops and work spaces, or the bedrooms might use a brand new carpet to muffle footfall and improve its design scheme.

The bathroom is one of the rooms in a house where the most number of repairs and replacements may be needed; with family members constantly using the bathroom on a daily basis, it needs to have sufficient fittings, features, and a layout that would work best for everyone. A sizable tub may be present, for instance, but the showerhead installed on the wall across from it may have been left without a proper screen to effectively divide the space and prevent water from spilling over where it shouldn’t be. If households are in need of quality shower screens, residents can easily find reliable suppliers and installers who can get the job done in as little as a single day-or even a few hours.

Being unable to use the shower (or properly maintain the cleanliness or appearance of the bathroom) because of all the water that gets sprayed over the rest of the space can be a great inconvenience for homeowners. Glass shower screens are needed to designate a dedicated space for showers and to contain the water used into a single space. These screens need not have complicated designs or use expensive materials; homeowners need to look for a simple yet functional screen that can easily fit into various applications and solve the problem in no time to allow residents to effectively get back to their daily routines at home.

With a basic configuration and highly efficient components, a shower screen can be fitted perfectly into a bathroom’s specific dimensions and installed in just a matter of hours. A waiting period of at least 24 hours may be all it takes to allow the sealant to dry completely; afterwards, homeowners can get back to using their bathroom once again. With quality products and efficient tradesmen, residents can finally complete their home improvement projects and settle into their lives in their new home.

Glass Traps for the Unwary – Shower Screens

The expansion in the production capabilities of glass companies since the late nineties allowed the development of ways to use glass that had not previously even been considered.

Since then small and medium sized regional glass companies had the machinery to polish, bevel, laminate, toughen and expand. With many more people experimenting and developing new ways to use glass, designers were encouraged to push their imagination.

At a domestic level, it meant access to glass kitchen splashbacks that could surround a range hood, glass balustrades, glass pool fences and “frameless” glass shower screens.

As demand took off and these products became standard in new homes and renovations, it opened up the opportunity for others to get a piece of the action by importing ready-made product.

Shower screens and pool fences seemed to fit the bill perfectly. All an importer had to do was buy up container loads of standard sizes and they were in the glass business. This produced a flurry of new companies that could sell a shower screen for less than half the quoted price from the local glass company.

The obvious benefit for consumers was the lowering of prices but this comes at a cost. The saying about things looking too good to be true applies, as does the one about “you get what you pay for”. Now you can buy your shower screen on the net without even having seen a glass expert. After all, why do you need an expert in glass when you can buy what you need with the instructions? How hard can it be?

If the internet is not your style now you can walk into any big name hardware store and walk out with a frameless shower screen for you to install immediately. What could go wrong?

Here are a couple of possibilities

  1. Floors and walls are never plum and a sloping floor is essential.
  2. Gaps and cut outs that the standard sizes won’t cover
  3. “Stainless” fittings that rust
  4. The difficulty of getting help from a local glass company
  5. The absence of a knowledgeable person to ensure that what is constructed meets the Safety Standards (special rules for bathrooms)
  6. The lack of replacement parts

As the push for ever cheaper product continues you will struggle to find a glass company on the first few pages of most search engines. Almost all will be importers but if you do drill down to find a glass company they will almost certainly supply glass that is certified to meet the Standards. Their whole business hangs on it, not just the shower screen.

Many people in the glass business has a humorous story to tell of the hopeful phone calls from frustrated consumers asking for help to fit the shower screen they bought on the internet. There is at one very good reason why a glass company would be reluctant to help. Once they get involved, under their license requirements they become liable for the consequences. If later, someone is injured due to poor quality product or a failed fitting they understandably do not want to be involved. You’re on your own.

Another point to ponder is the likelihood of spontaneous disintegration by nickel sulphide infusion. This occurs in some toughened (tempered) glass products when a microscopic particle of the mineral nickel is flaked off stainless steel machinery and lands in the molten glass at production. In some cases this can result in the glass exploding months or years later and while it is rare, the chances of it happening are less when driving down the price of production is not the main motivation of the manufacturer.

This does not necessarily mean that the shower screen you buy at the hardware store will not do the job safely but the result often matches the price tag.