How often, perhaps, you have said to yourself you’d look into glass shower screens as you scrubbed the mold and dried soap off that old shower curtain? Likely about as many times as you’ve discovered a soaked bathroom floor after someone took a shower with that old curtain only partially closed. If you’ve been holding off because of a reduced budget, decorating concerns, or not wanting to hide your lovely ceramic tile, that faded shower curtain’s days may be numbered.
Shower screens for any bathroom style
When upgrading their shower enclosures homeowners today have various alternatives to choose from. You can even showcase your shower tile by picking an enclosure without any frame at all. Suppliers offer various glass types, door styles and frame colors. Some of the more popular shower screens offered today:
- framed enclosures
- folding units
- curved screens
- frameless enclosures
The glass used for shower enclosures should generally be tempered to avoid possible incidents, but choices within this class can range from transparent all the way to a modest full frosted style that’s almost impossible to see through. A number of manufacturing businesses propose tinting in several colors and you may be able to use patterned or etched glass in your screen.
Most shower screens have hinged doors, for certain configurations, sliding doors are also an alternative. People with a large custom shower may be able to get by without any door at all by placing an opening in their screen reverse the shower nozzles.
It’s frequently achievable to match your shower enclosure frame with the rest of your bathroom fixtures. Chrome and brushed aluminum are almost certainly the most common finishes, but pewter and bright brass are also well-known. A bathroom with brass vanity and shower plumbing fixtures and a matching shower frame can be very elegant – especially if you add a brass toilet lever as a of completion.
Glass shower screens and the cost
A glass shower enclosure isn’t gonna be as less expensive as a shower curtain picked up at your local home decor store, but with respect to the style of the screen and the height and width of your shower – it might be close. Framed one wall enclosures can be very budget friendly if you choose a standard frame and glass type. One wall folding screens can also be very economical.
At the other end of the enclosure price spectrum are frameless glass screens for large custom showers. Glass for frameless screens must be thicker to maintain structural strength without the aid of a frame and installation labor can also be more difficult. It’s not unusual for a custom frameless application to exceed $1,000, but it may be possible to decrease costs by using a minimal or partial frame in places.
Time considerations when upgrading to glass shower screens
If you’re ready to improve to a glass shower enclosure, typical framed units can often be installed with little or no lead-time. Many companies keep screens for a standard five foot tub/shower combination and 30 to 48 inch showers in stock and uncomplicated installations is possible in an afternoon. Frameless enclosures normally require one visit to your home for measurements and it might be a week or longer before the specially ordered glass arrives and installation can take place.