Glass has found prominent usage in many types of surfaces. It may easily be the most common material found on earth. It is relatively cheap and it is made chiefly from sand. Glass can be found almost everywhere, and glass shower screens are quickly becoming permanent fixtures in today’s modern bathrooms.
What makes glass shower screens so popular is not just that they may be readily available, but the fact is that glass is indeed a very versatile material. It is most certainly to be found in almost every bathroom. Glass can be formed, shaped and even molded, and glass shower screens can also be constructed in many different shapes, sizes or colors.
If you are re-modelling renovating or even installing a new bathroom, you may also be, or should be thinking of the types of materials to choose, to complement the glass surfaces. You should remember that moisture and steam or water vapor can exact a tremendous toll, even in areas that are well ventilated. There is a wide array of options for the bathroom that are readily available on the market. Choose materials that are resistant to water for the walls, floors counter-tops and other surfaces. To compliment the glass shower screens, these materials should, not only be functional, but they should also have some stylish appeal. Your ultimate selection may depend on your deign and of course your budget.
Ceramic tiles, is a good accompaniment for glass surfaces, as it offers a robust, yet classic looking appearance. Plastic laminates, are also a good choice for its water resistant properties. Perhaps the most popular material, apart from the glass, is natural stone, particularly granite. Granite is relatively expensive, as it is a naturally occurring material, and there may be finite quantities of it in existence.
Another material that is increasing in popularity for use in the bathroom, and as a cheaper alternative to granite, is concrete or engineered stone. Engineered concrete is made of high concentrations of natural quartz, polymers, and color pigments. Although, it may not be as versatile in use, it can still be used for protective as well as decorative purposes.
There are a few disadvantages associated with having glass shower screens, although some of these may be considered as minor. Unless the glass is frosted, there is very little, to no privacy allowed if the shower area is exposed. However, depending on your preferences, there is colored or tempered glass that can be used. Glass is also fragile, and can break or shatter on impact, but for the ultimate glamorous appearance, and functionality, there may be no better material. It is impervious to water, and no sealing is required, which makes the job a lot easier.
The current trends in lifestyles indicate that more people are spending more time at home, and home living is being re-defined. Free flowing water always seems to provoke some sort of emotional response, and in bathrooms, it is no different. Bathrooms can be used as a personal space, and the shower, enhanced by beautiful glass shower screens, can be the multi-use area of the house.