There’s nothing quite like a cool and refreshing shower in summer, or a hot and soothing one in the colder months. The experience is all the more pleasant if the shower itself is part of a newly-renovated bathroom, designed perfectly to suit the space and to suit your needs.
There are many things to consider when choosing a shower – dimensions; tile colour, size and texture; shower set; even shelving, … but one of the most common questions clients ask us at Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms in Hawthorn East is around the framing of shower screens.
So here are your options when it comes to frames for screening your shower.
A wet room is where you opt to have no shower screen at all and the whole bathroom is instead treated as a shower stall – waterproofed, with a slight gradient towards a feature drain in the middle of the floor. Provided you don’t mind the bathroom floor being wet until it drains away and dries, this can be a good option in a small space; and of course in a large bathroom it can look fabulous. One thing to consider, however, is that your towel rails, light switches and power points must be installed beyond the reach of any splash!
If the thought of splash bothers you, then some sort of screening needs to be selected. It must be specially-made, toughened glass but it doesn’t have to be clear – you can select frosted or tinted if you prefer.
Framed shower screens are the least favoured option in current trends for bathrooms and have, as the name suggests, a metal frame (usually aluminium, although this can be powder coated if you want a colour finish) around all sides of the glass making them the most economical option. The toughened glass in framed screens can be just 6mm in thickness as the frame itself provides a good deal of stability and strength.
Frameless shower screens use at least 10mm toughened glass so that they are sufficiently strong without any metal framing. Having no frame provides a seamless,‘light and airy’ look to the bathroom and allows your wall tiles and fittings to be the stars of the shower, but it is a more expensive option.
In between, semi frameless shower screens have a metal frame along the top and bottom only, providing stability without interrupting the aesthetics, and saving on some cost.