A Guide To Choosing The Right Shower Screen
A Guide To Choosing The Right Shower Screen
Have you been considering a shower screen for your bathroom renovation? A shower screen can be an easy way to give your bathroom a facelift on a budget.
Shower screens are a simple but elegant way to add functionality and an air of elegance to it. It also keeps your bathroom floor and other sanitary ware dry, making it cleaner, safer and keeping water damage at bay. Shower screens come in a range of styles and types, including framed and frameless options. Read on to learn more about how to select the right shower screen for your bathroom and the installation precautions you should take.
1. Framed vs. frameless shower screens
Most shower screens come in two varieties, framed and frameless. There are two main advantages of a framed shower screen. Firstly, the aluminium frames protect the glass edges, which are the achilles heel of tempered glass panels. A minor knock on the exposed glass edge might cause it to shatter. If your bathroom is small, or you have kids or the elderly at home, framed shower screens are much safer.
Secondly, shower screen frames give you options to add style and definition to your bathroom design. Customise the glass and frames with different patterns and colours to create bold visual elements. With frameless shower screens commonplace in many homes, frame shower screens can lend your bathroom some character and personality.
On the other hand, the frameless shower screen and its clean transparent lines always have its fans. With no frames, it gives an illusion of more space which is ideal for small bathrooms. Consider this your sophisticated shower screen. Frameless shower screens generally feature 10mm tempered glass panels and brass or stainless steel hardware.
However, frameless shower screens may be less effective in keeping in water compared with frame shower screens. This is especially so near the door or opening areas. Hinges of your frameless pivot shower doors are usually bi-directional, allowing you to open and close the door in both directions.
Frameless shower doors can be customised in many ways. Hardware such as hinges and handles come in an array of shapes, sizes, and configurations. Choose from different finishes such as polished chrome, satin stainless steel, matt black, or electro-plating. You may also cap the glass edge to create a different look.
2. Sliding vs. Swing doors
Your shower screen door type is largely determined by your bathroom layout. Sliding doors save space as you do not need to cater space for a swinging door. However, it does comes with the additional maintenance of rollers.
For small shower areas, a 3-panel sliding shower screen (2 sliding panels behind 1 fix panel) is ideal for maximising a shower area opening. The ideal minimum size for a door opening is 600mm for comfortable entry/exit into your shower area.
Customising your shower screen: Tips and Tricks
1. Water test
One to two days after installing your shower screen, you may wish to do a water test when the silicone sealant has dried sufficiently. The idea is to simulate actual bathing conditions. Spray from a distance of 1 metre, with a dispersed shower spray setting, and observe whether there is any water leakage outside the shower screen.
It is important to conduct a realistic and proper water test. Spraying continuously at the door at high water pressure will inevitably cause some intentional leakage. No shower screen is 100% water-tight. In addition, frameless shower screens tend to have a higher tendency for some water to leak.
Leaks due to Tiling Issues
For older bathrooms, home owners should observe if water leakage is due to the shower screen silicone sealant or gaps in the floor/wall tiling. Leaks are common with raised tiled kerbs and you should engage a tiler to rectify it before replacing your shower screen. Look out for gaps in the grouting between your tiles for these tell-tale signs.
2. Fixed panel shower screen
A fixed panel shower screen is low cost and practically maintenance-free, given there are no moving parts. This type of shower screen is suited to larger bathrooms which can accommodate some water splashing out of the bathing area. However, fixed shower screens are definitely a great option if you want a functional shower space and want to maintain a minimalistic appearance.
3. Curved shower screen
A clear, curved glass shower cubicle is stylish and creates the impression of a larger space in a small bathroom. If you are looking for something different from the cookie cutter shower screens designs, curved shower screens can be a stunning yet practical centrepiece to your bathroom.
Choosing The Right Shower Screen
The right shower screen is largely determined by your bathroom layout. Choosing the incorrect type means daily inconvenience and higher risk of damage to your shower screen. Consider getting a shower screen with a sliding door if you have a small opening.
At Eatons Interiors, we manufacture and supply framed and frameless shower screens. We carry one of the widest range of framed and frameless shower screens in Singapore.
It is important to visualise your usage and do some space planning, especially with our small bathrooms today. If you’re looking for advice, or to customise shower screens for your bathrooms, reach out to our team at Eatons Interiors today!