Everyone likes to save a bit of cash, especially in this economic climate, so why call out a tradesman to fit your brand new bath screen. Exactly – why spend money on something you can do yourself, plus you might actually enjoy it and get a great sense of satisfaction once you have completed it (perhaps wishful thinking). Bath screens more often than not do not fill the entire run of the bath, instead they shield off just the part where the shower is, allowing a little extra to stop the spray going all over the floor. Most doors come with a hinge to allow for a pivot operation to help with cleaning and also for added safety if your children use the bath for example.
Most bathing areas will be tiled and grouted to provide a permanent seal so the water does not ingress into your plasterboard or brickwork. This also provides a decorative to the entire bathroom and will play a big part in setting the overall mood and style in your bathing area. Some people prefer to use a combination of two shower curtains in there over bath showering system, one is purely for functionality (that is preventing any water from running outside the bath and onto the floor) and the other to add to the decorative style of the bathroom. It also means that only the internal curtain ever needs to be replaced as the other one does not come in contact with dirt and grime.
If a big bulky frame isn’t your thing, you should look at frameless over-bath screens. These screens are for baths that are surrounded on three sides. They cover the half of open side that the shower is on. They’re more visually appealing than traditional bath screens because they don’t have big metal frames. The problem I with these screens is that water can splash around the outside or through spaces between the screen and the tub. These screens are best for bathrooms with tile or flooring that won’t get water damaged. Frameless screens are available fixed, or with a hinge so they can open and close.
Another innovation in bath screens are the sliding units, sliding bath screens is another mode for both protection and convenience. Two or more panels are installed on runners, or with a mechanism that allows them to be slid in position, or out of the way for easy entrance or exit. Additional features can allow them to be locked in position, for a tighter seal to prevent water leakage.
Then came the option of a fixed glass bath screen. The screen was fitted to the wall and ran about 800mm along the top edge of the bath tub. This avoided the need for a curtain and the problems mentioned above. However, having a fixed glass screen permanently in place running half the length of your bath made getting in and out difficult. Bathing children was also made difficult, not to mention the hassle of cleaning! Today, there are a couple of great solutions for bathrooms can only have a bath rather than a shower enclosure.