If you’re considering some bathroom renovations or looking at bathroom styles for your new house, you may have come across frameless glass shower enclosures. You’d notice from the examples that there’s a 6mm brace panel that sits at the top of the shower, fixed between the side light and the return panel. In this article, I’m going to explain the benefits of using a brace, when they’re installed, and whether or not you need one.
The braces usually consist of 6 or 10mm toughened safety glass. They’re approximately 100mm wide, and run the full width of the shower. They’re siliconed on top of the sidelights, the wall, and the return panel if required.
Benefits of Shower Braces in Frameless Showers
Shower braces have numerous benefits including:
Providing support to all the glass panels.
Making your shower rigid, i.e., they keep the panels in place, so there’s no unstable movement.
Reducing the risk of accidents.
When to Install
You can install the shower without the braces and add them later on if needed. However, for larger showers, it’s advisable to install them when the shower is installed.
Do You Need One?
In short If you’re getting a frameless shower and you don’t want any movement in the glass panes, then yes you do. The braces provide much-needed support to restrict movement of the glass panels.
Alternatives to Shower Braces
Another common method is to use a glass corner shelf that doubles as a glass brace. You can install this into the corner of the shower, where it’s glued along the tiled wall, and against the return panel, thus disguised as a glass shelf rather than a brace.
These aren’t as effective as the full gusset panel that runs a full width, and it really depends on the depth of that return panel, in determining how effective they are, but this is also another great option.
For more information, feel free to download our free guide, or get in touch.
In this blog I’m going to answer some common questions to help you make the right decision and ensure that you don’t go over budget when choosing your shower.
In a stock shower screen or a factory issued shower screens, the sidelights, door panels and return panels all come in set sizes.
In order to build that shower screen you need to take a multiple number of different sizes and try to configure them to suit that space.
With a custom shower screen we take your measurements completely accurately and then custom make each panel depending on where you want the joints to be and how you want the style to suit.
Another considerable difference with a frameless shower screen over a stock screen is custom shower screens can accommodate a floor that is out of level or a wall that is out of plumb.
Stock issued or factory shower screens can not do this, the glass comes square and the way that you allow for these tolerances is in your fittings, hardware or channels.
The price of a custom shower screen is more expensive than a stock screen simply because there’s a lot more work that’s involved.
With a stock screen you simply take the measurements and try and accommodate the individual panels to suit that neath or width.
With a custom screen we come to site, we measure your shower screen using a laser and we custom cut that glass with those tolerances that are required to insure that it fits perfectly.
Each panel of glass in a custom shower screen is cut to the millimeter and processed accordingly to insure that it fits the first time.
The main difference in quality between a stock and custom made frameless shower screen definitely has to do with the installation.
With a stock screen when the wall or floor is uneven or out of plumb or level this needs to be accommodated within the hardware or wall channel.
With a custom screen we can accommodate those tolerances or run outs within the glass when it’s measured.
This means that that has a consistent edge tolerance between the edge of the glass and the floor or the edge of the glass and the wall insuring that the glass will fit perfectly without needing to fudge it with any type silicone or sealants.
If you’ve got a uniquely shaped bathroom you’re always going to have to go with the custom made shower screen. In this instance I’d recommend that you get in touch with one of the friendly team so we can send a glazier out to do a site consultation and tell you what your options are. We can custom make a shower screen that’s made specifically for your space.
Considering your design requirements. If you’d like more information feel free to download our free guide “Latest Tips for Great Frameless Glass”. Alternatively feel free to reach out via email or phone to our workshop.
Choosing the right shower door pull handle can make a huge difference for minimal cost. In this blog I’m going to discuss the top two shower door handle designs you should consider and why.
Now the most popular handle in our frameless shower screen range is SK40 pull knob.
These are a very simple and slimline handle that is unobtrusive and looks great with any frameless shower.
The other option is a Marsh or an H-shaped handle.
This is a beautiful H-shaped handle that is mounted on the front and back of the glass. It’s beautiful and sophisticated if you want something more.
The main thing to consider when choosing your shower door pull handle is the space in which the door arcs when it’s closed.
A number of larger pull handles, if the configuration of the shower is not appropriate, can clash with your towel rail or wall. In this case sometimes it’s better to go for a smaller option that is sleeker and less obtrusive.
When looking at hardware options for your new family shower screen, shower door hinges usually get overlooked.
In this blog I cover off why I feel that high quality hinges are very important and what you need to consider before purchase.
Tip 1: The hinges on a shower screen are incredibly important because this is the most mechanical part of the screen, where the door gets opened and closed regularly. The way these hinges work is that they clamp around a cut out in the glass and this hinge holds the full weight of a door at approximately 36 kilos. This door being opened multiple times a day, a year, or over many years. This is an incredibly important part.
If the door drops or the hinge lets go, the glass can explode and you’ve got a catastrophe on your hands. The important thing to consider when choosing your next frame or shower screen door hinge is definitely quality. Don’t compromise on the quality of the product.
Tip 2: With the door hinge being the most mechanical component of your shower screen, there’s a big difference between an inferior product and a high quality product. This comes down to the engineering and design of the hinge, and also the internal components that make it up.
Inferior products don’t last and cause the door to drop, which can have catastrophic circumstances. There’s many different shapes, styles and sizes of hinges that can be used for your next shower screen.
Tip 3: Generally speaking, your glass supplier would choose the type of hinge that is suitable for the location and operation of your shower screen. In saying that, you do get to choose the finish, the shape of the hinge, among some other factors.
Tip 4: The best and long lasting frameless shower screen hinges, in my opinion, are the FGS -ES2s. These hinges have been constructed from brass and have been engineered and improved by their in-house engineering and design team.
What this means is that the internal components are incredibly strong and have long lasting effects. Which means you won’t have to replace that hinge for years to come.
Looking at some options for your new shower screen?
In this blog, I’m going to cover off one of my top shower installation tips; wall channels and why I feel they’re a must to keep your shower clean and pristine. Stay tuned.
A shower screen wall channel is the aluminum track that we screw to the wall before your glass goes in.
This holds the glass in place, ensures that the shower screen is going to be rigid.
We normally use polished chrome, CH-15 channel.
It’s 16mm high by 14mm wide and has just enough room for the glass to slip tightly in between it’s internal dimension to house the glass securely.
My preference is to use shower screen wall channel because there is no exposed silicone between the glass divide and the wall.
We silicone the back of the channel before it gets screwed on and then we silicone the internal side of the channel before the glass gets slid in. That means that it’s easier to clean.
That means that the silicone doesn’t degrade over time, and it means that it lasts a bit longer.
My personal preference is also to use wall channels because if it matches your bathroom hardware, it completes a nice consistent and even finish along the full length of the glass height. No, it doesn’t cost any more to use a shower screen wall channel over any type of bracket, depending on what type of bracket use, but normally brackets would be more expensive than channels.
The alternative to using wall channels are wall brackets. This is where an L-shaped bracket gets mounted to the wall and then fixed to the glass.
In my opinion, the problem with this solution is the divide between the glass and the wall has to be filled with silicone.
Silicone has a life expectancy of approximately 10 years and in a harsh environment like a shower, it’s known to degrade, discolor, or break down over time.
If you’d like more information, feel free to download our free guide “Latest Tips for Great Frameless Glass”. Alternatively, feel free to reach out via email or phone to our workshop. Thank you.
Today, I’m going talk to you about frameless wall to wall sliding shower screens.
I’m gonna cover off all you need to know and what you need to consider when looking at frameless sliding shower screens.
A sliding shower screen is completely different from a hinged shower screen. The sliding aspect refers to the door, and as the name suggests, the door slides, rather than pivots to form what is known as a wall to wall shower screen sliding door.
Sliding shower screens can come in fully framed, semi frameless, or frameless.
There are two main types of sliding shower screens that we supply.
An Opto frameless shower refers to the hardware that’s used when the door runs along a middle track. In Euroglide shower screen, the glass rolls within the cutout within the side panel above the door.
The advantages of a sliding shower screen over other options is that the door slides back and tucks in behind the return panel.
A sliding shower screen is used when space is tight, normally, in smaller bathrooms where a hinged door doesn’t have the room to clear due to other bathroom fixings or fittings.
Frameless showers are all the rage right now, but what are they, and what do you need to consider before choosing a frameless glass shower screen for your home?
In this blog, I’ll cover everything you need to know about a frameless glass shower to make your decision easier.
A frameless shower screen is just as the name suggests.
It’s made up of a thicker glass in order to support itself as there is no perimeter frame around the glass.
Sometimes, we use wall channels or fixing brackets to hold the glass into position, and these hardware components are completely customizable dependent on your hardware finish, your style, or the location of the shower within the bathroom.
If you’re looking to open up your bathroom, another great addition is just a single pane of glass with a walk-in shower.
This makes frameless glass shower enclosures completely non-obtrusive, and it can mold into the surrounding environment.
The fixed pane of glass is a great addition to eliminate any divide between shower and bathroom.
With minimal fittings and a large piece of glass that incorporates into a walk-in shower, this creates a luxurious and open feeling to your bathroom.
Frameless shower screens are incredibly tough.
They’re built from a thicker glass. They use a 10 mm toughened safety glass, so they’re incredibly rigid and long-lasting.
The advantages of a frameless shower screen over a regular semi-frameless or framed is that they look superior.
They’re built of a higher quality with high-quality brass hardware fittings and there’s a minimized frame around the perimeter that can be a haven for mold, mildew, or fungi growth.
These showers are fully customizable and work in a number of environments where your standard shower screen just wouldn’t.
If you’d like more information feel free to download our free guide “Latest Tips for Great Frameless Glass”. Alternatively, feel free to reach out via email or phone to our workshop. Thank you.
Looking at renovating your bathroom and unsure what shower to use?
In this blog I’m going go through each different style and which style shower design is going be suitable for your space, stay tuned.
The different types of shower designs are framed, semi frameless, or frameless.
A number of these shower options can also come in a hinged or pivot door as well as sliding.
As its name suggests, a framed shower has a frame around the perimeter and around the door, framed showers usually have thinner glass than the likes of a frameless.
From there we move up to a semi frameless shower screen, which means that the door, or the side lights to the shower are usually unframed.
This uses a similar glass thickness to a framed shower, with a 6mm toughened glass.
These can be built in many different configurations to suit your space.
The next option would be a frameless shower screen.
These are the cream of the market, they have a much thicker glass and can be fully customized depending on your style or your space.
When you’re considering a shower type in your bathroom, the main things to consider would be the location to begin with.
A number of showers can’t be installed in specific locations due to vanity or bathroom fixtures that are in the wrong place, so we really need to customize a solution that would fit your space.
The second thing to consider would definitely be cost, there’s a wide range of pricing options from a framed, to a frameless, so it really is dependent on your budget.
The main type of shower that can be customized to suit your space is always a frameless shower.
There’s multiple different hardware options, glass options and finishes that we can custom design to suit your bathroom and your style.
Price questions are something that we get asked on a daily basis here at Economy Glass.
There’s a big difference between a framed or telescopic semi-frameless shower, and something at the higher end of the scale, like a custom made semi or a frameless shower screen.
Generally speaking, an Optima Telescopic shower screen or a framed shower screen are at the lower end of the market.
These can be produced quickly, they have a thinner glass, and they come in set hardware finishes that make them easy and fast to produce.
A frameless shower screen on the other hand is custom made to suit your space, there’s a lot more work that’s involved and measuring, cutting, producing, and making sure that that shower screen is exactly perfect.
Thanks for reading, I hope that helped. If you’re after any more information on frameless glass, feel free to download our free guide “Latest Tips for Great Frameless Glass” or reach out to me on email or phone.
Open concept home designs are all the rage right now. City life is on the rise and for some of us in Melbourne space can be limited.
In order to make a space appear larger, Nordic influences with simple designs, hard surfaces, lots of light, and open spaces are very in.
When it comes to bathroom designs, the trends are the same! The addition of a frameless shower screen to a bathroom allows the room to be open, airy, and bright – no matter how large the shower is.
What is a Frameless Shower Screen?
A typical, frameless shower screen is made of thicker glass than a framed shower because the glass needs to support itself, rather than depending on a frame for support.
Frameless showers are generally made with clear glassinstead of textured glass. Rather than having metal around the edges of the entire shower (like a frame), the glass is only lined where it’s connected to a wall, floor, or ceiling.
This may be along an entire edge, or only at specific intervals, depending on how the shower screen is installed.
How Can a Frameless Shower Screen Open Up the Bathroom?
There are many different kinds of showers that you can choose to install in your bathroom: a freestanding tub with a curtain, a built in tub with a curtain or a glass door, a framed shower, a frameless shower… and most of these can be made with a frameless shower screen if that’s what you choose.
Whether you have a freestanding shower or a shower built into the wall, adding a frameless shower screen eliminates the division between shower and bathroom, so it looks almost as if there is no door at all.
A typical frameless shower screen is made of glass, meaning that it doesn’t appear to make a division or to take up space in your bathroom, because everything in and around it is visible through the glass.
It allows light to pass through while containing water, and it makes the bathroom seem bigger from the outside and the shower seem bigger from the inside.
Frameless Shower Screens and Accessories
Another major trend in today’s bathroom design, specific to the shower, is to make it a spa shower!
You might include a steamer, an adjustable showerhead, and an overhead shower. All of these take up space, but with a frameless shower, no matter how big your shower is, it won’t appear to take up extra room in your bathroom.
How did you design the interior of your shower?
Today in the Western suburbs of Melbourne modern showers are elegant and meant to be seen, and not just when you’re showering.
A frameless screen is one way to enjoy the beauty of your shower both while you’re showering and while you’re not.
One of the hottest trends in bathroom design in and around Werribee at the moment is frameless sliding shower screens – and for good reason.
A sliding shower screen can be advantageous in a small bathroom where you don’t have a lot of room for a hinged door to open out.
Plus, frameless sliding shower screens look stylish and luxurious and make your bathroom feel very spa-like.
With the right tiles, accessories and lighting you can really create a sophisticated decor. Your bathroom will have a feeling of openness and flow rather than closed, defined spaces.
The best thing about a frameless shower screen is that you barely notice it – it becomes invisible and makes your bathroom feel larger and more spacious.
It can be a challenge to maximise the illusion of height and space if you have a small bathroom, but a great technique is to use floor to ceiling tiles in order to create a seamless look and elongate the space. If you use light-coloured, glossy tiles they will reflect the light and make the room feel larger.
Plus, the glass door means that you will be able to see the beautiful decorative wall tiles you have chosen – even when you are not in the shower.
Another advantage of this style of shower door is that it doesn’t have any tracks, which means that there are fewer spaces for mould to grow and the shower is easier to keep clean.
The shower door fits within a wall channel, which covers the entire side of the shower screen and attaches to the floor, ceiling or wall. These types of doors are usually made from thick glass, which makes them durable.
Two Beautiful Options for Frameless Sliding Shower Doors
So, let’s take a look at three great choices for sliding shower screens that will look modern and chic in any home.
They are easy to install and they will last for many years. Of course, these are not the only options for frameless sliding shower doors; there are many available to choose from.
Opto Frameless Sliding Shower Screens
This sliding door design has a unique appeal with exposed stainless steel as a primary feature of its construction.
It has a very sleek, modern, industrial look and it is available in either polished or brushed stainless steel. The Opto sliding screen is also very easy to clean. It offers the latest in waterproofing techniques and it requires no framework or channels.
The Opto Shower can be installed to open from left or right, depending on the design of your bathroom. It is a great solution for small bathrooms as it will not take up a lot of space. Due to the high quality stainless steel materials used, the shower door will look as good as new for a long time if it is kept well maintained.
Euro-Glide Slider Shower Screen
The Euro-Glide Slider shower door has a very sleek design that is simple and easy to use. It is a self-supported system with fixed tempered glass panels that are attached with low profile frameless glass clamps.
The specially designed roller bearings seamlessly glide across the stability bar along the top of the shower. It is a very simple and elegant design – ideal for giving your bathroom that spa-like feeling.
The design of this shower door makes it feel like it is floating in space as you open it. When you shut the door, it gently closes against the cushion of a clear poly-carbonate stop along the tile wall. It is smooth, quiet and easy to operate, making your showering experience feel so much more luxurious.
Choosing a Frameless Screen for Your Shower
These are just a few of the top sliding shower screens that you can install in your bathroom – there are countless other designs out there to choose from.
Each design has it’s unique features and advantages and disadvantages.
What is right for you depends on which is the best fit for your bathroom.
Ecotech Glass can install any of these and more, while providing the advice you need to ensure the perfect option for your bathroom. Don’t hesitate to get in touch so that you can design your dream bathroom.