Getting the Most out of a Home and Garden

Benefits of Frameless Shower Screens

If you are renovating your bathroom, installing a new shower screen may be an effective means of enhancing the look and feel of the place. And if you've never thought of a frameless shower screen, you may be missing out on some real benefits that this type of design can offer you. To help you understand more, here are some of the things you will get when you install a frameless shower screen.

Creates Space -- Because frameless shower screens are made from glass, they free the eye from being distracted by obstacles, because you can see right through the screen. That depth of vision helps to create the illusion that your bathroom is bigger than it actually is. With no metal rollers or tracks, the shower screen has a modular design that is sleek and compact, enlarging the rest of the bathroom. And because the shower screen has no frames, it allows more light to reflect through your bathroom, contributing to the illusion that your bathroom has gotten bigger.

Ease of Maintenance -- Frameless shower screens are much easier to take care of than standard shower screens. That's because there are no rollers which can trap dirt and bacteria, because the screen is built flush against the floor. There are no structural components to deal with when you install a frameless screen, so the biggest upkeep you'll have to do is to make sure that the glass is kept clean and streak free. You should use a cleaner that is free of ammonia to prevent scratches and blemishes on the glass screen. With no tracks or rollers, you won't have to deal with mold and mildew, two of the most persistent maintenance issues with standard screens.

Durability -- Because they aren't framed, frameless shower screens are made from tempered glass to provide additional strength. Tempered glass is treated in high temperature to make the glass stronger and is typically made from two or three sheets of glass that are bonded together. Tempered glass isn't just thicker and stronger than standard glass used in a framed shower screen, it is also built to shatter into small pieces if it breaks, eliminating big shards that can cause major injury.

Design/Style Options -- Standard framed shower screens don't allow you as much flexibility in style as a frameless screen. For example, with a frameless screen, you can install a pivot hinged door that swings open both ways, which is possible because there are no tracks or rollers to obstruct the way the door opens. In terms of design, because you have a larger surface area to display with a frameless shower screen, you can show off designs such as frosted glass, which has a smoky appearance. For more information, contact a business such as A.T. Glass & Aluminium.