For many people, installing a stand alone shower enclosure is simply not possible. Bathroom space can limit your choice to either a shower or a bath, but not both together. In this situation most families will opt for a bath over a shower enclosure as small children and babies make a shower a non starter.
The Folding Bath Screen does just that – it folds away against the bathroom wall concertina style when it is not in use. These screens are usually made up of 4 or 5 individual panels, connected with pivot hinges that ’click’ into place magnetically when opened along the edge of the bath. A small plastic seal at the bottom diverts water back into the bath. When the showering is complete, you simply fold each panel back against itself and store neatly against the supporting wall.
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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.
Standard sizes for bath screens are either 12 or 24 inches wide, and 50 to 60 inches high. If you do your own design, be sure to take accurate measurements to determine exactly what size will be most suitable. After determining the screen requirements, there are the other parts needed, such as the hinges, door handles, and panel attachments. Shower curtains, although still very popular are being replaced by screens when bathrooms are re-modelled. It is easy to see why, as the screens are more versatile, and offer more styling opportunities.
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.