Benefits of Glass Shower Screens
Last Updated Jul 19, 2011 · Written by Rob Schneider
Are you looking for something new and different to replace your old shower screen? Glass shower screens have been with us ever since toughened, shatterproof glass was invented, but in the past, there were very few styles to choose from. They were utilitarian screens designed to let light into the shower while preventing water from escaping the shower enclosure. Shower screens have come a long way over the years and there are even more benefits to glass shower screens today than there were in the past.
First let's take a look at an old-style shower enclosure. It consisted of panes of toughened glass, usually frosted or textured to limit visibility. These panes were surrounded by aluminium frames. You had the option of a sliding door or a hinged door, but that was about all. These old-fashioned glass shower screens did the job, but they weren't very attractive and limited your bathroom interior design possibilities.
Now let's take a look at today's glass shower screens. One of the most dramatic changes came about when manufacturers came up with ways to make frameless and semi-framed shower enclosures. These, combined with clear glass panels and doors, brought about a revolution in bathroom design. The disadvantage of older glass shower screens was that their frames and frosted or textured glass panels made the bathroom appear smaller. By using clear glass, frameless shower screens, bathroom designers were able to add a more spacious feel to even a small bathroom.
Types of Shower Glass
Clear glass panels have the disadvantage of not giving the user a sense of privacy. Since the glass panels take up the greatest area on any type of shower screen, choosing the right type of shower glass becomes an important consideration when you design your bathroom. These are just a few of the types of shower glass that are available today:
- Frosted glass has a soft, pleasing appearance while still affording the user a feeling of privacy.
- Tinted shower glass can add a hint of colour and style to the bathroom without making the room feel smaller.
- Antiqued glass is perfect for traditional bathrooms.
- Etched glass panels are like functional works of art.
These few examples demonstrate just how creative you can be with today's glass shower screens. Your next consideration will be whether or not you choose a framed, semi-frameless or frameless glass shower screen. For the most part, this will be a matter of personal preference. Frameless shower screens have become very popular in recent years, but framed screens are making a comeback, thanks to the many new styles and colours that are available today.
Finally, you will have to choose your shower door. This, too, will largely depend on your personal preference, though the available space and your shower configuration will play a part as well. Even within the limits of your available space and budget, there are so many styles of glass shower screens to choosed from, you are sure to find one that will be perfect for your home. If you need a little help, talk to a shower screen
professional in your area.