Bath screens may be better alternatives to shower curtains. They are easier to maintain and give your bathroom a much cleaner, crisper and brighter appearance. Because they are usually made of material that is able to reflect light, they help to make the area look bigger than it really is. They can add a factor of form, along with improved styling, to give your bathroom a more stylish look and feel.
Bath Screens now come in different styles and formations. The choice that you make may depend on your bath and budget. Fixed screens that are made of a single sheet are easy to use and install. The disadvantage is that they are fixed and cannot move, and you will have to manoeuvre your way around them. If your bathroom has enough space, you can put them on pivots, so they can swing open for easier access to the shower. Folding bath screens are used where space is at a premium. Assembled with individual panels, they can be installed to fold either vertically or horizontally to conserve space, and opened when needed. The color and finish of the frames can be chosen to match the decor of your bathroom.
Sail bath water deflectors are named as such because they resemble the sail of a ship or tall boat, that said it is not the triangle shape you may be thinking of but more a gentle rectangle with one corner rounded. Think gently billowing in the breeze. Sail bath deflectors can either be hinged of fixed each having its own benefits. A hinged screen can easily be swung away from the bath to allow for easy cleaning along the out edge of the bath tub. They do however lend the opportunity for young children to swing on the door itself and potentially slam it, thus smashing the screen itself. Whilst all deflectors are made of safety glass which shatters much like a car windscreen it is still highly undesirable.
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.
The first step is to mount the wall channel into the wall, this part is crucial and must not be rushed. Take due care to get the channel flush with the wall and use a spirit level to check both vertical and horizontal levels. Apply some silicone sealant behind the channel to create a seal, do not use too much sealant as it will splay out and become unsightly. If some does push out of the joint, wipe it off with a damp cloth. Screw the channel to the wall using the correct size of screw and plug. Once firmly fixed to the wall offer up the door and then affix securely into the channel. If you correctly leveled the channel in the previous step then your door should now pivot correctly and form a seal along the edge of the bath. Most bath screens come with adjustment screws to allow for any small anomalies.