a shower screen

Keep shower-time splashes at bay with a prac­ti­cal and chic glass screen

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Choose a chic glass panel for your bath­room

Agreat choice for busy fam­ily bath­rooms, a glass shower screen looks great and will pro­vide a sense of light and space in even the small­est of rooms.

QWhat is a glass shower screen? An al­ter­na­tive to a fab­ric or plas­tic shower cur­tain hang­ing from a rail, a glass screen is fixed se­curely to the wall and sits on top of the bath’s edge with a rub­ber seal at the bot­tom to pre­vent splashes soak­ing your bath­room floor.

QIs there one to suit my style? Avail­able in a va­ri­ety of shapes, sizes and panel for­ma­tions, you can choose from a sin­gle fully-framed fixed panel, fold­ing screens that can be con­certi­naed back to the wall, sleek frame­less mod­els and dec­o­ra­tive printed and etched de­signs. Ob­long de­signs with a curved top edge or sail-shaped pan­els look softer.

QHow safe is it? All good qual­ity glass shower screens should be made from tough­ened safety glass that won’t shat­ter if bro­ken – essen­tial in a fam­ily space. Most will be at least 4mm to 8mm thick and all ex­posed edges will be bev­elled to cre­ate a smooth sur­round.

QWhat should I look for? Check that the screen has a tight, ro­bust seal where it meets the bath to pre­vent leaks. Well-made, durable trim­ming and fit­tings are ad­vis­able, es­pe­cially if you’re choos­ing a bi­fold model that will be reg­u­larly pushed back to al­low ac­cess to the bath. screens with in­te­gral towel rails are a good op­tion while mod­els with fix­ings that al­low them to be fit­ted ei­ther left- or right- handed al­low flex­i­bil­ity.

QHow much does it cost? Prices de­pend on the style and thick­ness of the screen you choose and the qual­ity. Half-panel straight-edged mod­els with 4mm glass and no easy-clean coat­ing start from as lit­tle as £50, while 6 or 8mm bi­fold, tri­fold and shaped de­signs with easy-clean sur­faces will cost up­wards of £200. Don’t for­get to add fit­ting costs.

QIs it easy to keep clean? A quick wipe af­ter each shower with an ap­pro­pri­ate cleaner should keep it sparkling. Opt­ing for a spe­cial wipe-clean or anti-cal­cium sur­face will keep it look­ing bet­ter for longer. This is a see-through coat­ing over the top of the glass that helps to re­duce water spots from limescale and mineral de­posits and helps to pre­vent bac­te­ria and mould growth.

‘Make sure your glass panel is long enough to con­tain spray prop­erly, es­pe­cially if you’re in­stalling a pow­er­ful shower’ Sam Ball, Utopia Bath­rooms

A fold­ing screen makes it eas­ier to get in and out

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