Posted on: 6 October 2020
If you still use a shower curtain to keep the water in place when you perform your daily ablutions, do you sometimes think that you are a little out of date? The solution is certainly practical and has been around for ages, but it's very difficult to keep clean and can frequently harbour mould or mildew. Instead, you may be thinking about your options and looking at glass shower screens, but are these challenging to fit and are they safe?
Many people worry about safety in the bathroom as it is, unfortunately, one of the worst places in the home for accidents. After all, you may worry about an elderly member of the family and what would happen if they slipped in the bath with a glass shower screen adjacent. While it is always a good idea to put a nonslip mat on the floor of the bathtub anyway, the good news is that the screens are built with absolute safety in mind. They'll be made from tempered glass of an appropriate thickness and are very unlikely to break, no matter what. Even if they do, they are designed to crumble rather than shatter, so you won't need to deal with sharp shards of glass.
You will nevertheless want to know how easy it is to fit such a screen, bearing in mind that all of the walls are tiled. Certainly, you will need to be careful when you mount the brackets on top of those tiles and, in truth, you are best advised to leave this to the experts. Tiles can easily crack if you apply too much pressure, and you would then need to worry about replacing them, which would make the job even more challenging.
There are several different types of shower screen available, and you can choose a design that fits your layout. You might want a single pane of glass that is hinged to the wall and swings outward. Some models turn inward as well so that they will drip dry into the bath rather than onto the floor.
Alternatively, you may choose a bifold screen, where one piece remains static while the other one can fold back on top of the main part. This leaves you with plenty of room to get in and out of the bathtub if you are a little pressed for space.
Talk your options through with your screen installer. They are sure to have a model that will work and will get it all fitted for you as well.
For more information on glass shower screens, reach out to a local glass company.Share