Bathtubs are almost becoming a thing of the past. Shower enclosures, on the other hand, are gaining popularity because of the space and sophisticated look they offer. Plus, they’re also cheaper and easier to maintain.
Shower curtains are a cheaper option, of course, but they’re not as neat to look at as glass shower panels are. If you’re in the process of renovating your bathroom and you’re thinking of installing a shower cabin, below is a crash course on how to make the most out of shower enclosures.
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You can’t do much with small bathrooms because of the limited space. But if you want to maximise the area and make it look bigger, a glass shower cubicle will do the trick. There’s a wide range of textures and tints to choose from, so no matter which theme you’re after, you’ll find a style that will suit. Because it allows light to enter, you’ll save on lighting and electricity expenses. They’re also easy to clean, and stains are easy to remove.
There are two types of shower cabins to choose from:
- Framed shower panels. Thinner glass panels are secured with a metal framework that you can choose in a finish that complements the fixtures and hardware in your bathroom. If you’re on a budget, this is a good option because it’s cheaper and easy to install by yourself.
- Frameless shower panels. A sleek bathroom look can be achieved by using a frameless shower enclosure. The panels are connected by silicon glazing and brackets, which makes it look smoother than a framed shower enclosure. One of the advantages of having this installed in your bathroom is that it’s easier to clean because mould and soap scum don’t accumulate anywhere. And because there are no metal parts used, corrosion and rust will not form. However, this is a more expensive option because the glass panels are thicker.
If you’re planning to install a shower enclosure, you must also consider the door type. Do you want a swinging door? Or do you want more space by using a sliding door instead? Pivot doors will work well in a larger bathroom or with shower cabins in the corner while sliding doors are perfect for apartments with smaller bathrooms.
Keep shower sprays away from the panels
A good shower head will bring you one step closer to a spa-like experience in the luxury of your own home. However, you may want to keep the sprays away from your shower enclosure if you want an easier time cleaning it. If you can, point the water spray away from the panels and towards the wall. This way, you can also ensure that there’s no water escaping through the cracks and you can keep your bathroom floor dry.
Hiring contractors is ideal if you have no building experience or you’re not adept with DIY projects. If you get experts to do the job for you, you can be sure that the quality of work will last you for years to come.
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