Six Things to Consider When Purchasing Shower Screens

 James Campbell
  Nov 27, 2018

Shower Screens

Whether you’re remodelling your second bathroom or the master bath, remaking the shower is probably near the top of your list. You have any number of options here. You could go retro with a claw-foot tub and an exposed shower system. However, more and more homeowners are opting to expand their showers into more luxurious spaces. That is best done with accessories like these shower screens, but you will need to choose your screen with care. Before you even think about walking into a store or placing an order online here are six things to consider before buying a screen.

1. Budget

Perhaps the best starting point is with your budget. You need to determine not just your budget for the entire bathroom remodel project, but also for the shower itself. Do you want to reduce your expenditure on something like the vanity or perhaps a new toilet? Would you want to go cheaper on the flooring or the tile work? Find the right budget and you’ll be on track to choose shower screens that fit your life.

2. Amount of Space

Another consideration here will be the amount of space that you can dedicate to the shower screen. Will you be removing the tub completely? Do you want just a basic cubicle? Is the bathroom large enough for a dual shower? Perhaps you would be better off with a quadrant cubicle that fits into the corner and can maximise usable space in the room while still giving you the shower that you want. Base your purchase on the size of the room, but also the size of the shower.

3. Glass Quality

Shower screens are generally made from glass, although polycarbonate and other options do exist. Glass is the best option for quality and durability, though. However, not all glass is created equal. It is imperative that you choose a type of glass that is highly durable, and that will be shatter resistant. Generally, this means going with tempered or toughened glass.

4. Ease of Maintenance

Maintenance matters with all shower screens. The larger and more elaborate your shower screen, the more time you will spend cleaning and maintaining it. How much time do you have to devote to the task? Things that will add to your maintenance time and the effort to clean your shower include large shower enclosures, and the inclusion of additional features, such as cut-out windows, or the use of stools and benches.

5. Configuration Considerations

How do you intend to configure the bathroom and the shower? Will you want a sliding screen? Do you prefer a hinged screen? Perhaps you want freestanding walls without a door. A series of fixed panels could fit your configuration needs, or you might want a curved screen that allows for a shower chair, stool, or even more than one person to enjoy the shower at a time.

6. Going with a Wet Room?

Will you be transforming your bathroom into a wet room? If so, you will need to take a few steps. First, you’ll have to waterproof the entire room before doing anything else. Then, you’ll want to choose between shower screens that provide the style you want while tying into the overall sensibilities of the room. Many homeowners find that going with a spacious walk-in shower surrounded on two or three sides by shower screens is more cost effective than creating a true wet room, and it provides almost the same aesthetic.

Ultimately, there are shower screens for virtually any need. Whether you want to go the minimalist route, or you prefer something luxurious and ostentatious, modernistic or retro, you have options available. The key here is to work with the right supplier. For example, at Bathroom International they carry a full range of shower screens, from hinged options to quadrant cubicles, and everything in between. They also supply every other fixture you might need in your bathroom remodel, including vanities, tubs, and more.

Six Things to Consider When Purchasing Shower Screens

James Campbell

James is a professional web developer, digital marketer and director of Net Search based in Perth, Western Australia. He's a blogger in his spare time with over 8 years of experience in the industry. He has written blogs on a variety of topics ranging from gardening to smart home technology. When not writing he enjoys web development and gaming.

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