Are you in the market for a shower screen for your bathroom renovation? One of the best budget-friendly ways to give your bathroom a facelift is to install a shower or bath screen.
Adding shower or bath screens open up your bathroom space and add that elegant touch. Depending on your space and personal preference, here are eight types of shower screens in Perth, their pros and cons, and some general maintenance tips to keep it in tip-top shape.
First Things First: What is a Shower Screen?
It’s in the name. They are fixed panels or a glass shower screen that you place in your shower. Its purpose is that it prevents water from splashing outside of your shower, acting as a barrier. It’s more effective than your standard shower curtain and is a more permanent structure.
The Different Types of Shower Screens
Framed Pivot Door Screen
This type of screen is considered the more traditional option. Growing up, you probably had this in your bathroom if you did not have a shower curtain. It has a rotating or pivoting door, and you, therefore, need to consider the size of your bathroom when opting for this solution. You will need space for the shower door to open, so it is generally better for large bathrooms.
For a pivot screen, consider our Brighton semi-frameless shower screen with a pivot door.
Framed Shower Screens
A fully framed shower screen offers a fully enclosed shower. Regardless of your bathroom’s size, this is an excellent option as it completely prevents water from getting outside of the shower. It is also often a more affordable option and popular among families who share bathrooms.
This is your more sophisticated shower screen. It is also ideal for smaller bathrooms while still creating the illusion of space. It generally features glass panels with minimal hardware.
Our Cannes frameless shower screen is one of our most popular choices for smaller spaces.
The Semi Frameless Shower Screen
By combining the framed shower screen with a more modern and minimalistic look, your semi frameless shower screens are practical but still look a bit more chic. It will work well in any bathroom.
Take a look at our Torquay Square semi-frameless shower screen with corner entry sliding doors and stylish chrome handles.
Fixed Panel Screens
They feature one simple, frameless glass panel, which leads out to the shower’s drying area. Because of this, fixed panel screens are better suited for larger bathrooms. If you want to create a functional shower space but still keep a minimalistic look, this is a great option.
Sliding Door Screens
If you live in an apartment or your bathroom is very small, then the framed sliding door shower screen is the way to go. Because the door does not pivot or need space to open, it is suitable for any bathroom, regardless of space available — and it tends to be wallet-friendly too!
If you’re considering a sliding door screen, check out our Aspen semi-frameless solution with a sliding door.
Another great option for apartments or small bathrooms is a bi fold door that saves space by opening using two or multiple folding shower screens. It’s generally also a more affordable solution.
Yet another great solution for apartments or small bathrooms, quadrant screens tuck away your shower in the corner of your bathroom and generally opens using sliding doors.
Our Torquay Curved is an excellent example of a quadrant screen shower solution, complete with quick release rollers and a satin chrome finish.
Shower Screen Materials
When deciding on a shower or bath screen, you should opt only for quality materials that will last you a long time. Going cheap from the get-go will only mean that you will need to replace it a lot sooner or that it might malfunction.
At VBathroom, we only use 10 or 6mm toughened glass for our shower screens as it is more durable, safe and can take a little bit of wear and tear. It also adheres to local AS/NZ2208 toughened safety glass regulations.
What does this mean? Well, the glass is of the highest standard to ensure that it will not break nor crack, even when you apply considerable force!
In short, it makes it a lot safer for you and your family. It is also easy to clean, which is always a welcome bonus!
Colours to Consider
Going the crystal clear glass route is a very popular option, as it creates the illusion of space. If you want something a bit different, our Cannes Black features a modern black frame. You do get frosted glass for a bit more privacy as well.
Pros and Cons of Shower Screens
A shower screen prevents the water from going out of the shower area. This not only prevents you and your family members from slipping on the wet bathroom floor, but it also prevents water damage in the long run. It can also make your bathroom look brand-new and even larger if you choose the right shower screen.
When you choose the wrong shower screen, it can make your bathroom feel cramped.
How to Choose the Best Shower Screen for Your Home
There are a couple of things you should keep in mind before choosing a shower screen for your space.
1. Bathroom Space and Size of Your Shower
Needless to say, you need to choose a solution that will fit your space! If you have a smaller space, consider a door that slides or folds open and closed. For bigger spaces, you have more room to play with other types of screen doors.
Don’t go cheap. Always ensure that your shower screen is safe and adheres to the Australian Safety Standard AS/NZ2208.
3. Shower Screen Seal
No one wants a leaking shower! Ensure that it’s a thing of the past by only opting for quality products and installing a specifically designed shower screen with a shower screen seal. Our shower screen seals are magnetic, making it an effortless, leak-free solution.
The best cleaning detergent for your shower screen is probably already in your kitchen cupboard. Yes, vinegar! Soak a microfiber cloth in the vinegar before wiping the glass clean. It might smell strong while you clean, but the smell will disappear.
Using a quality glass cleaner will also do the trick and help further soap scum build-up. Remember to clean your shower screen regularly to give it the necessary TLC and help maintain it.
Top Tip: If you want to avoid the amount of soap scum on your shower, avoid using bar soap as this generally contains talc, which is responsible for that unsightly build-up. Opt for your liquid shower gel instead.
Transform Your Bathroom Today
Our quality shower screens are crafted from highly durable and toughened safety glass. They also come equipped with a magnetic seal and handrails for easy accessibility.
Contact our team for more information about our shower screen installations, and let’s transform your bathroom into your dream bathroom with our superior quality screens today!