However, there has always been the option of having a shower unit installed over a bath. This was achieved by using a shower curtain and rail system to deflect water back into the bath. Whilst this option is still used, the shower curtain was a messy affair, stuck your body when wet and did nothing for the look or style of your bathroom.
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.
With bath screens you can choose ones that are clear and transparent to enhance the look of the tile in your bath. You can also choose pieces that have been acid etched to create an opaque look so that you cannot see past the glass surface. The opaque images on the glass surface can be crafted to create picture scenes or designs. You can add a personal flare by using these items. You can purchase many different types of hinges and hardware to create a look in your bathroom that you will find pleasing. You will find hardware that is chrome, and polished brass, and nickel plated. You have the opportunity to get versions of these items that have hidden hinges so they appear to be free floating on the surface.
Bath screens are made to stop water from getting on the floor when someone in the tub is bathing or showering. Water is often splashed from the tub when these activities are taking place and the water creates a mess and a hazard. You are much more likely to slip and fall if the floor is wet than you would when the floor is dry. If the floor gets wet repeatedly then it can begin to rot away because of the moisture. You can also get a mold and mildew problem if the surface of the floor is continuously gotten wet and does not dry out for long periods of time. Bath screens can stop all of these things from happening.