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.
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