Answering a Few Common Questions About Shower Screens and Doors

Installing a glass shower screen or door can make a small bathroom seem bigger and brighter, and also means not having to change the shower curtain every time it gets outdated or dirty, and every time you buy new linens for the bathroom! While a shower screen or sliding glass door can be a good choice for any home's bathroom, you might have a few questions about their design and use. Note some of those questions here, and that can tell you if glass screens would be a good choice for your home's bathroom.

Can towel bars and handles be used for someone with poor balance?

A shower screen that is affixed to the wall, meaning that it doesn't slide open and doesn't have hinges, can offer someone with balance issues a secure area to grip, which might help them to get in and out of the tub. However, towel bars and door handles are not meant to be used in this way, as they're not as securely fixed as actual balance bars that are bolted into a wall. If someone in the home has arthritis or other such conditions, have a balance bar installed in the shower and along the bathroom walls, as needed, rather than assuming a towel bar on a shower screen will be helpful for them.

Is the glass difficult to clean?

Typically a squeegee is all that's needed to clean shower glass, and you usually want to avoid using any type of chemical or abrasive cleaner on the glass, including sprays for hard water stains. While shower glass is very strong and secure, these harsh chemicals and tools might scratch its surface or leave it looking cloudy. You can also ask your glass installer or manufacturer for tips on how to remove hard water stains, mould and the like from the glass you choose, as they can typically offer the best advice on how to clean but still protect any glass they manufacture.

Does a shower screen trap steam?

To avoid the risk of mould forming in the bathroom, you might be worried about steam getting trapped in a shower with a glass screen. This typically isn't a concern, as a shower screen doesn't need to reach the bathroom ceiling, but can be just tall enough to block the spray of water from the shower while still allowing steam to escape over its top. If you opt for a sliding or hinged door, you can also keep it open after your shower, to let steam escape and avoid mould growth.