Types of Glass Shower Screens

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If you're renovating your bathroom or simply looking to add a touch of elegance, a glass shower screen might be just what you need. Not only do these screens look sleek and stylish, but they also provide a functional barrier between your shower and the rest of your bathroom.

But with so many different types of glass shower screens on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know to choose the perfect glass shower screen.

Frameless Glass Shower Screens

Frameless glass shower screens are one of the most popular options for modern bathrooms. As the name suggests, these screens don't have a frame, which gives them a sleek and seamless look. Unfortunately, they're also not relatively easy to install, yet easy to maintain. They come in 10 mm toughened glass; their standard height is 2000 mm. The hardware has different finishes like chrome, matt black, brush nickel, and more.

Semi-Frameless Glass Shower Screens

Semi-frameless glass shower screens are similar to frameless screens. However, they have a thin metal frame around the edges to add a bit of structure and stability. These screens are a good option if you want a frameless look but are worried about durability. They come in 6 mm toughened glass with no frame around the door. You can find them in sliding, pivot, or corner entry designs. The frame comes in matt black, chrome, and white. If you are looking for more finishes, it is better to consider the frameless. This shower needs plastic joints, which you can not find in a different colour.

Framed Glass Shower Screens

Framed glass shower screens have a metal frame around the edges and are the most traditional option. They're generally the most affordable option but look outdated in modern bathrooms. They come mainly using laminated glass, which is the cheapest option. Also, they do come using toughened glass 4mm and 5mm. The reinforced option weigh less and hence is better for the sliding design since it will be lighter for the wheels to slide the panel.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Glass Shower Screen

Size and Shape

The first factor to consider when choosing a glass shower screen is the size and shape of your shower. You'll want to measure the width and height of your shower opening to ensure you get a screen that fits appropriately.

Glass Type

Another essential factor to consider is the type of glass used in the screen. The most common types of glass used in shower screens are tempered glass and laminated glass. Tempered glass is heat-treated to make it more durable and shatter-resistant. It's also less likely to break into sharp, dangerous pieces if it does shatter.

Manufacturers make a laminated glass of two or more layers of glass with a layer of double tape plastic(film) between them. This design makes it even more shatter-resistant than tempered glass and blocks more noise and UV radiation.

Hardware and Accessories

You'll also want to consider the hardware and accessories that come with your glass shower screen. These accessories include hinges, handles, towel bars, and shelves.

Make sure that the hardware and accessories you choose match the style and finish of your screen and the rest of your bathroom decor.


A glass shower screen is a stylish and functional addition to any bathroom. By considering factors like size and shape, glass type, and hardware and accessories, you can choose the perfect screen for your needs and budget.

Whether you opt for a frameless, semi-frameless, or framed screen, you'll enjoy the benefits of a sleek and modern look and increased privacy and protection from water splashes.

So, if you're ready to take your bathroom to the next level, consider investing in a glass shower screen today!

People also ask

Yes, glass shower screens are relatively easy to clean. After each use, wipe them down with a squeegee or microfiber cloth to prevent water spots and soap scum buildup.

The cost of a glass shower screen varies depending on the size, type, and features you choose. Expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

If you have DIY experience and the right tools, install a glass shower screen yourself. However, hiring a professional installer is generally a good idea to ensure he installs the screen correctly and safely. Also, you will need a glazing certificate with new built units, so you must hire a professional glazier to ensure the installation follows Australian standards.

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