Posted on: 29 April 2015
When you are remodeling your bathroom, one of your goals may be to make your space look larger, as well as enhancing visual appeal and adding value to your home in the event that you decide to put it on the market. In addition to changing your bathroom floors and fixtures, you may want to consider installing a frameless shower screen, which can offer you some real benefits.
Unlike standard shower screens, all frameless shower screens are made from tempered glass, which is glass that has been exposed to a high degree of heat, and then cooled right away. This process of extreme heat and then immediate cooling, results in a top layer of glass that has greater resistance to breakage, cracks and hairline cracks.
The other advantage of tempered glass is that it is built in such a way that if the glass does crack, it will not shatter into big jagged pieces that can cause you injury, but instead breaks into smaller pieces that are less likely to cut you. In addition, the strength of tempered glass is such that in some instances, the shower screen can break, and still remain upright, which makes it safer as the glass won't fall into the shower.
Choosing a frameless shower screen won't deprive you of making some interesting stylistic choices. For example, you can choose a frosted shower screen, which allows you to select from a wide variety of patterns and design that are built into the glass screen. Frosted glass has a 'smoky' look, meaning that you can't see directly through the screen as you would in a clear shower screen. It is a more interesting choice for your shower screen because it is unusual and also supports etchings and textured patterns.
Other glass shower screen choices include crystal clear glass, which is polished with a higher grain of sand to produce exceptionally clear glass, gray glass, which has a tint, and is ideal if your bathroom has too much light, and rain glass, in which the shower screen is textured to resemble rain trickling down the inner part of the glass.
Virtually Maintenance Free
Unlike standard framed shower screens, frameless screens don't have any tracks or runners, which means you won't have to worry about mold and mildew collecting in those spaces. Frameless shower screens are bolted directly into the shower floor, so there is also no spaces for water to collect. You will spend less time on your knees trying to clean dirt out of hidden areas. For maintenance, you just need to clean the shower floor and the glass with a non-ammonia cleanser to prevent streaking and scratching of the glass.Share