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Trending: Frameless Sliding Shower Screens for Any Home

bath-shower-screensOne 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.


Both of these stylish frameless glass shower doors have a very sleek and modern look – with minimal hardware connecting the panels.


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


frameless-sliding-shower-screens-hoppers-crossingThe 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. 


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Custom Finishes For Your Frameless Shower


A frameless shower is one of the most beautiful options for your bathroom. This style of a shower is sleek and minimalist and lacks the frame and hinges that traditional styles of showers have. It feels spacious and modern and will make a small bathroom feel even bigger.


Electroplating different metal finishes can allow you to create a truly elegant and beautiful custom frameless shower finish in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne that looks luxurious and unique.


When you pay attention to the little details such as the finish of the metal in your shower design, you will give your bathroom more of a special touch. The versatility of a frameless shower means that here at Economy Glass we can create nearly any design with any style of finish you can imagine.


So what are some of the most beautiful metal plating finishes that you can choose for your frameless shower?


Burnished Nickel

This subtle and sophisticated finish would look great in a bathroom with a lot of natural materials such as stones and wood. It is made via a tumbling process, which gives it a unique texture unlike satin nickel or bright nickel. It’s tumbled finish makes it perfect for using in small parts of your shower frame.


Silk Sapphire

This is a very modern style finish with a lovely glossy appearance. If you choose this style of finish you will enjoy the enhanced durability of a chrome top coating.


Standard Rich Gold

If you are really looking to create a luxurious feel in your bathroom, why not consider using a finish made with 23-carat hard gold. It is hard wearing and durable, yet looks opulent and beautiful.


Brass Gold



A different option for those who like gold, this finish is made with 22-carat gold with a colour that is closer to that of brass. This is the ideal finish for those who love the look of brass but don’t want to have to polish it every day.


Rose Gold

Rose Gold has been a very hot trend in the world of jewellery and fashion recently, so why not carry that trend through to your shower frame as well? A rose gold finish will look similar to light copper, but it is actually an alloy of gold with a small amount of copper. This finish is not as hard wearing as standard gold, so it is recommended that you add a clear lacquer to the top to make it more durable.


Matte Gold

Sometimes you want to use gold in your design, but you don’t want it to be too shiny. A matte gold look will give the warm colour of gold but with a subtle, matte tone.


Black Chrome



You could opt for the typical bright chrome style, but why not consider an unconventional black chrome finish? This type of finish is usually seen in tapware and automotive settings, but it can also look very stylish and modern in a shower door.



Silver is very popular in jewellery, but why not use it in your frameless shower screen? It will add a unique glimmer that will bring glitz and glamour to your bathroom. In order to prevent oxidization, add an anti-tarnish solution.


Antique Copper

If you are going for a vintage look in your bathroom, consider using metals in your frameless shower design that look like they are already aged and antique. An antique copper finish is oxidized in a special solution and then is rubbed back in order to highlight the edges.


These are just a few of the custom metal finishes that are possible for your frameless shower in Melbourne. The metal finish you choose will depend on your personal taste as well as the overall look of your shower. There are many other types of metal plating finishes available, so take a look through to determine which option is best for you.


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Answers to Your Frameless Shower Screen Price Questions


With any home building or renovation project in Melbourne, one of the most common questions and concerns relates to price.


This holds especially true with glass fittings – particularly when it comes to frameless shower screen price.


The truth is, as you probably expected, a customised frameless glass sliding door or screen is higher in price than a prefabricated one. But, as any savvy custom home builder knows, price isn’t everything.


Sure, you want to maximise your budget and complete your projects as quickly and inexpensively as possible, but a considered approach is necessary.


Trying to save a little bit of money with a factory size shower screen will likely cost you more time and energy in the long run.


To learn more about what this means for your own project, check out the answers to a few of the most common questions about glass doors and screens.


Question: What is the difference in custom and factory-issued frameless shower screen prices?


To put it simply, you will spend more to have a custom fit-out compared to a standard factory shower screen. However, it is important to understand the expense.


A few questions you should ask yourself include the following:

  • What are the exact dimensions of your bathroom (walls, tub/shower space)?
  • Are other installations also standard factory models?
  • Are there any variations in your bathroom like slight unevenness?


In nearly every glass shower door installation, you will inevitably run into complications with measurements and fittings.


A prefabricated model has no wiggle room in cases where everything does not match up directly. However, customising the project will ensure a perfect fit for your bathroom.


Question: Why is the cost for a custom frameless shower screen so much higher than a factory model?


When you opt for a factory model, here’s what you get:

  • Frameless Shower Screen


You won’t receive anything other than the product itself. While you may have an installer on-hand or be equipped to do it yourself, are you ready for any complications or problems during the process?


When you choose a custom frameless glass sliding door, here’s what you get:

  • On-Site Measurements
  • Advice on the Best Glass Options
  • Custom Manufacturing of Glass Screen
  • Professional-Grade Installation of Frameless Shower Screen
  • Frameless Shower Screen


This illustrates precisely why the cost of a frameless shower screen is higher when you opt for the custom installation option. The value is derived from the comprehensive care and service you experience alongside a high-quality product.


Question: What is the difference in quality between custom and pre-fabbed frameless sliding shower screens?


Quality counts – both in the glass itself and in the installation. Customised frameless glass shower screen installations showcase better quality in the following ways:

  • Better Fit with More Precise Measurements
  • Expert Installation from Experienced Professionals
  • Custom Glass and Glaziers Based on Your Exact Space


For instance, imagine you are installing a shower screen in your bathroom. Everything is going smoothly, but then you notice a 35mm discrepancy in the measurements.


This may not seem like a significant difference, but it it is. Over time, this gap can cause water seepage, mould, and damage to the shower screen itself or to the existing bathroom fittings.


A custom installation, on the other hand, will be measured on-site to directly match your wall – gaps and unevenness included.


So, although you have to pay a higher price, you are saving yourself a lot of trouble down the road.


Question: What if you have a uniquely shaped wall or bathroom layout?


No two bathrooms are alike, which makes this custom glass shower screen installation question a common one.


Many custom home projects also include custom designs in bathroom layouts, wall dimensions, and other factors.


How can you hope to install a factory shower screen in these situations? You have two options to consider:

  1. Reconfigure your bathroom walls and layout to accommodate the factory-issued sliding glass screen.
  2. Have a custom screen installed that perfectly fits the space.


Despite the higher price to have a frameless shower screen custom-installed, think about this from a practical standpoint. In all likelihood, you’ll face more of a time commitment (and sometimes a higher cost in the long run) by opting for the cheaper factory alternative. In the case of a unique or unusual space, a custom screen is a necessity.


For example, take this curved shower door:


A curved glass door may not fit the way you envision it if you opt to use factory-issued screens. However, custom measurements taken on-site alongside a specifically manufactured door will ensure a perfect fit.


For many home builders, the peace of mind comes in the form of quality over price. Paying a higher premium now ensures consistent quality and a screen that’s built to last a lifetime.


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5 Glass Types for Your Glass Shower Screen

types-of-shower-screensWhen you choose a frameless glass shower screen for your shower, you are choosing quality and ambience. As well as being aesthetically stunning, they are easy to clean and are perfect for any size bath or shower room.


In Hoppers Crossing, Werribee, Point Cook and the surrounding areas before you go ahead and order your glass shower screen, take a look at the different types of glass available so you are best placed to choose the glass that perfectly suits you and your family.


Standard Clear Glass


One of the most widely used options, toughened or tempered glass shower screens allow for the passage of light, optimise available space, visually open up the bathroom, and make even smaller bathrooms feel bigger. Clear glass has a slight green tinge in natural light.


The Building Code of Australia requires glass shower screens and shower doors to comply with specific requirements in regard to materials, selection, installation and safety, which is reassuring if you have a young family.


Glass used in shower screens is glazed in Grade A, toughened and laminated, safety glass, and must be a minimum of 4 mm thick (framed) or 6 mm (partly framed and frameless). Standard clear glass is the perfect option for a practical yet sophisticated glass shower screen.


Starphire Glass


You might have noticed that clear glass has a slightly green or blue tint to it. This is because standard clear glass contains some iron particles.


Now, however, manufacturers have devised a way to remove most of those iron particles so the glass you get is even more clear, sparkling and pure. Called Starphire, this type of glass shower screen will allow you to showcase a stunning shower area at its absolute best.


If you have a vivid colour scheme, marble surfaces, clean, crisp shades, or magnificent tiles, choose Starphire glass for your glass shower screen. The results will be outstanding for years to come.


Acid Edged Glass



Acid etched glass is the perfect solution if you want to retain an element of privacy in your shower, whilst still allowing for as much light and translucency as possible.


Silhouettes will show up in certain light but a clear view is obscured by a satin, velour, or opaque finish. Acid etched glass shower screens can be patterned with your own bespoke design if you wish to be creative, arty or achieve something exceptional.


Acid etching is a specialised technique which you will need to leave to the experts, and the effects it produces are stunning. Acid etched glass is low maintenance and less likely to leave fingerprint marks.


Sandblasted Glass



Sandblasting is the process of blasting the surface of the glass, which creates a frosted look. With sandblast glass etching and acid etched glass, you can choose the level of opaqueness you want.


With sandblasting, many detailed designs are readily available for you to choose from and the impressive results are of high-quality. You can choose zero opacity (or obscurity) for complete privacy, whilst still allowing light to penetrate the glass.


Textured Glass



Textured glass is exactly that; glass with a surface you can feel when you run your fingers over it. A specific design or pattern is impressed into the surface of the glass; the result is decorative and you can achieve the level of obscurity you want.


The texture can be further enhanced when water is running down it and the light can create all sorts of interesting visual effects.


An extensive range of designs and finishes are available with textured glass; your shower screen can replicate a certain finish such as tiles, bricks or wood, or feel like an indulgent spa or a misty rainforest. Textured glass shower screens obscure fingerprints and watermarks, as well as providing privacy.


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How to Clean Your Shower Glass


Limescale is the chalky, off white deposit that is often found on the inside of your shower screens. If you have ever tried to scrub away limescale, you’ll know that it is incredibly difficult to remove. If it is not cleaned constantly, the limescale will start to build up and will eventually etch itself into the glass and become almost impossible to clean.


If you were to look at the surface of the glass under a microscope, you would see that it has a fine and porous surface that the water sticks to. The deposits will fill up the small pits within the surface, making it even more difficult to clean.


So, what’s the solution?


Rather than finding a solution for cleaning limescale deposits – the question you should be asking is how to avoid having to clean it in the first place. That’s where Nano Coating can help.


What is Nano-Coating?



This is a hydrophobic coating which will repel water and will prevent the limescale from adhering to the glass in the first place. It will also stop other foreign matter from building up on the glass surface. When your shower screen has a nano-coating, this will prevent limescale build up and eliminate the issue of not being able to clean your shower glass back to a new state.


Of course, the best results with nano-coating is when it is applied to a brand new shower screen, so that the glass can be sealed and will not be affected by limescale.


At Ecotech Glass we apply this coating free of charge on every frameless shower screen. We also provide a 10 year warranty on every nano-coated shower screen we have to offer. This special coating will keep the glass cleaner for longer.


How Does the Nano Coating Work?



Enduroshield is the brand of nano-coating we choose to use in Melbourne and you can read more about it here.


This protective shield offers stain protection and will reduce your cleaning efforts by up to 90%. It is invisible and lasts a long time and it is applied by a simple process. All you need to do is to spray the liquid coating onto a new glass surface so that you can create a permanent bond with the glass.


The invisible coating is only two molecules thick and it will protect the surface against any stains and scratches while maintaining the integrity of the surface. The molecules will seal the porosity of the glass surface, so that contaminants will not penetrate. This type of coating is used in many modern building projects, including shopping centres, casinos, public amenities, residential homes, bus stations, commercial buildings, and more.


The coating can be easily added onto the surface and it takes minimal time and effort to install. It can be used on a huge range of surfaces, from stainless steel appliances to shower screens to bathroom tiles to windscreens and side windows – and much more.


This coating is long lasting and reliable and it has a 10 year warranty when it is applied to new glass and a 3 year warranty when applied to stainless steel, existing glass surfaces, grout and tiles. Over the years it will save you so many hours of scrubbing away at your shower, which is a huge relief!


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3 Shower Door Handles for Your Glass Shower Screen

shower-door-handlesYour glass shower door handle is your connection to your oasis of bliss. It is your way into your shower in the morning to awaken your senses and prepare you for the day ahead in the lovely city of Melbourne.


The place you head to for relief after a hard day, to relax and soothe away your cares, both physically and mentally.


What do you need to consider when you choose a handle for your shower screen; what are the most popular shower door handles or most successful designs and why?


Minimalist Pull Handle (SK40)



The most popular design for a shower door handle is a small, simple pull handle. Here at Economy Glass in Hoppers Crossing we find that many people opt for a specific cylindrical design, which only protrudes about 43 mm.


Depending on how big your shower space is, a design that protrudes as little as possible means there is less chance of catching yourself as you shower.


If you have a frameless glass shower screen, a minimalist design provides a beautiful, seamless finish.


Our most popular shower door handle is smooth and modest, yet refined, with grooves to assist your grip with wet hands.


Slightly different to the cylinder design, a pull handle in an angular rectangular shape is available which offers the same dimensions as the cylinder shape – the perfect size to locate in the shower.


Sourced from our local supplier, our most popular pull handle is available in polished chrome, satin chrome, and gold. Special finishes are available upon request.


The ‘H’ Shaped Marsh Handle



The second most popular design for glass shower screen door handles is called the Marsh Handle.


Effectively an ‘H’ shape handle, the handle is a smooth horizontal bar, which sits either side of the glass shower door.


This makes for easy grasping and opening. It is available in polished chrome, satin, chrome, and gold.


Standard sizes for the Marsh handle are 250 mm and 300 mm, but custom sizes are available upon request.


Although the total length of the handle is 250 or 300 mm, the part of the handle that you actually grasp is about 150 or 200 mm. The Marsh handle protrudes about 53 mm.


A similar design is available, whereby the bars of the ‘H’ are concave for a beautifully sophisticated finish.


The ‘D’ Shaped Pull Handle (SH250/SH300)


shower-door-handlesThird on the list of the most popular handles for a shower room door is a ‘D’ shaped pull handle.


Standard sizes include 250 mm and 300 mm, which is the size of the actual handle that you grasp, and custom sizes are also available. This door handle is available in polished chrome, satin chrome, and gold, with special finishes upon request. This door handle protrudes from the glass screen about 72 mm.


Other Designs


Other popular designs that work really well with frameless glass shower doors include:


  • Small round pull knobs which are similar to what you might typically find on a kitchen drawer.
  • Perfect for a smaller shower area or ensuite, a knob that lies flat against the shower screen door and protrudes about 24 mm. The shape is more like a tighter ‘U’ shape.
  • A handle that is altogether more solid, like a small block.
  • A handle for your glass shower screen that is big enough from which to hang your towel.


Things to Keep in Mind when Choosing a Shower Door Handle


  • For sliding shower doors, you will need a low profile sliding door handle that doesn’t interfere with the movement of the glass screens.
  • Your handle will come complete with special washers and fixings to protect against glass-to-metal contact. If you are unsure about fitting it safely and correctly, ask the experts.
  • When choosing your shower screen door handle, consider how easy it will be to wipe around and keep clean.


Browse what is available to decide which door handle or knob will complement your bathroom and your shower the best, and what is most practical for the space you have available.


From sleek and uncomplicated to modern and contemporary, Economy Glass can advise you on the best handle to suit your shower design.


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How to Choose Shower Screen Hinges for Your Shower


Have you considered the importance of the shower screen hinges you choose for your glass shower screen door?


When you think about hinges, you probably conjure up an image of a small, inconsequential, uninteresting item of hardware that you can hold in the palm of your hand.


Far from unimportant however, hinges can make or break a door!


Here’s a look at why, and what you need to consider when choosing the hinges for your glass shower screen door in Melbourne.


The Importance of Shower Screen Door Hinges



Just as you wouldn’t install a cooker without a door, you shouldn’t consider installing a glass shower screen door without the right quality glass door hinges.


By way of example, if you installed a new cooker without a door, it would be completely unusable. If you made do with a poor-quality cooker-door instead, you would be putting yourself in danger, or you could cause extensive damage to yourself, your family, or your home.


At best, you might find you have wasted your money or find the cooker is inefficient and doesn’t cook the food properly.


It is a similar situation with shower door hinges.


Shower screen hinges clamp directly onto the glass and if you buy cheap hinges, the door is likely to drop over time, and could hit the tiles and explode.


Or, at best, you could end up with a door that doesn’t open and close properly, makes a noise when you use it, drags on the floor, is unusable or inefficient, or is too heavy for the hinges.


Now you understand why it is important to use quality hinges for your shower screen door, let’s consider how to choose the best hinges.


Things to Consider When Choosing Shower Screen Hinges


The right hinge for your shower screen door depends primarily on the weight and thickness of your glass.


You will also need to consider the size of your door width, whether you require bifold-opening door hinges, whether you want your shower door to be self-closing, and your chosen finish of hinge. 


Many different types of hinges are available, including the following:

  • Hinges for the thinnest safety glass, which is 6 mm.
  • Hinges for all other types of safety glass, including 8, 10, or 12 mm thickness.
  • Hinges for fix and swing shower door configurations over baths.
  • Square and bevelled bifold shower hinges.
  • Bifold hinges that fold back 180º.
  • Glass to glass hinges.
  • Door to wall hinges.
  • Hinges for maximum door widths of 550 mm, 700 mm, or 800 mm.
  • Hinges for maximum door weights of 20 kgs, 25 kgs, or 35 kgs.
  • 90º shower hinges.
  • Dual action hinges that open both inwards and outwards.
  • Self-closing shower screen hinges (from approximately 25º).
  • Custom angle hinges from a minimum of 125º.


Quality Door Hinges


shower-screen-hinges-western-suburbs-melbourneMany quality hinges are made from brass for premium quality.


They are usually available in polished chrome, satin chrome, and gold. With some hinges, special finishes are available by request to suit your specific decor requirements.


As well as superior quality, with a frameless glass shower screen, you will want a simple, minimalistic design for a seamless finish.


In Hoppers Crossing Economy Glass source hinges for our glass shower screen doors from a local, family-run hardware supplier that has been around for over 140 years.


Their quality products and hard work ethic make them extremely strong players in the world of glass, and we are proud to deal with a company that holds family values so dear. We are confident that the hinges we use on our glass shower screens are the very best.


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When to Consider Bath Shower Screens for Your Home


It’s an annoying problem that we all struggle with: when we get out of the shower there is a puddle on the floor due to water splashing out over the bath.


Not only does this make the bathroom floor wet and unpleasant, it also can cause damage to the floor, increase the likelihood of mould over time, or even cause an accident or personal injury.


So what can we do to prevent water sloshing out of the shower and onto the floor?


It is important to find a remedy for this problem, or you will find your shower floors damaged, your bath mat constantly soaked and your feet always wet after a shower.


Bath shower screens are the solution.


So What’s the Solution?


The good news is, there is a beautiful solution to this annoying problem.


Bath shower screens are the answer, as they are simple and elegant. They are a lot more effective at keeping your floors dry than vinyl curtains, which can cause a good amount of water to leak out of the shower and damage the bathroom floor.


These shower screens are sleek fixed-glass barriers that sit on top of the bath and can even be designed with a rounded corner to give them a more pleasant aesthetic finish.


They are ideal for bathrooms with a shower over a bath and they will keep your floors perfectly dry. Not only does the screen keep the water contained within the shower where it belongs, it also adds to the overall style of your decor.


You’ll love the way the sleek design looks in your bathroom.


For example, a great option would be a bifold shower screen for the bath, which is hinged on the wall and glass to glass. This style of shower screen can easily fold back into the wall and can be moved out of the way if you are bathing children, cleaning or at any other time it is not needed.


This is a very practical solution that gives you the advantages of a glass shower screen as well as the flexibility and ease of movement of not having one.


These types of glass shower screens can be hinged at the wall and or hinged in between the panels of glass like a bi-fold door. There are many design options to choose from, so you can find the bath shower screen that best fits your bathroom decor.

bath-shower-screensIt is even possible to choose from a range of different metal finishes for the screen’s fixtures; think burnished nickel, gold, black chrome or any other type of finish.


A Light and Spacious Bathroom


bath-shower-screens-hoppers-crossingAnother advantage of this type of glass bath shower screen is that it will provide more light within the tub area than a vinyl or fabric curtain system.


This is especially helpful in bathrooms that are small, as it will help you to make the most of the space.


Plus, these types of designs will save you so much time when it comes to bathroom maintenance and cleaning. The frameless design will be easier to clean as there will be fewer small cracks and crevices for soap scum and mould to collect.


Plus, when you are selling your home in Melbourne it will increase the value and look so much more appealing than a tatty old shower curtain.


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The Secret to Great Shower Screens: Wall Channels


When you’re looking to install or repair a frameless shower screen in Hoppers Crossing or nearby suburbs, you have several options for fastening the glass panels to the floor, wall, and ceiling.


Typically, silicone has been used as a fastener to join and seal the shower screens in your bathroom.


However, in a shower, the constant running water has a habit of wearing away at the silicone, causing it to degrade, break down, collect dirt, and sometimes, grow mould.


A more modern and sanitary way to fasten the shower screens to their base is to use wall channels.


Wall Channels vs Brackets



The idea of using wall channels or brackets and silicone to install shower screens is to have a frameless shower.


However, because the glass needs to be fastened to the walls, floor, and possibly the ceiling at some point, even with brackets or wall channels, there is still a partial frame, usually made of brackets or wall channels.


So, what’s the difference between using brackets and silicone or using a wall channel?


Brackets are small clips that are installed at intervals along the wall, floor, or ceiling. They attach to the base and the glass shower screen slides inside.


Because they are only installed at certain intervals, they leave a gap between the edge of the glass and the floor, wall, or ceiling, which needs to be filled with silicone to prevent water leakage.


Brackets are spread out along the screen, so they don’t offer as much support as a wall channel.


Wall Channels, on the other hand, are longer.


They cover the entire side of the shower screen and attach to the wall, ceiling, or floor at intervals.


The shower tile can go right up to the edge of the wall channel, leaving little or no exposed silicone.


Because channels cover the entire length of the shower screen, they offer more support than brackets.


Why are wall channels a better option than using exposed silicone and brackets?


Wall channels are more aesthetically pleasing


shower-screen-channelIn Melbourne opinions may vary on this one, but a wall that covers the entire edge of a shower screen will blend in better, thus adding to the appearance of a frameless shower.


Because there is little to no exposed silicone when installing a wall channel, it’s much less likely that mould or dirt will accumulate, thus adding to the appearance of a clean, beautiful shower.


Less silicone is easier to clean and maintain


Because silicone breaks down so quickly, allowing water to remain inside, it’s a perfect habitat for mould to grow.


Not only does mould begin to smell, but it looks dirty.


Once the silicone begins to break down and the mould and dirt are inside, it’s nearly impossible to clean and it’ll need to be eventually replaced.



Wall channels last longer


Although at first, silicone is an effective sealant, running shower water will wear it away over time.


As the silicone degrades and breaks down, water, dirt, and debris become trapped inside, and speed up the process. From the outside, after a while, the silicone will no longer appear clear or white, but dark and dirty.


At this point, it’s no longer effectively sealing the shower, you may notice leaks, and the silicone needs to be replaced.


Wall channels, on the other hand, don’t have exposed silicone, just metal and tile.


These materials are much more resistant to constant water and will hold up against the regular flow of water for a much longer time.


Any silicone sealant that is used in the installation of wall channels is covered, minimising its exposure to water and protecting it from degradation and the growth of mould.


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What a Shelving Brace Adds to Your Shower Screen Installation


The best glass shower screens in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne achieve a balance between the practical and the aesthetically pleasing.


The shower screen must be structurally strong and sound, but at the same time, crystal clear, a fluid and natural extension of the shower area, and with no overly conspicuous reinforcements or unseemly abutments.


Is it possible to achieve this in your shower screen installation, particularly with more ornate or sophisticated designs?


With corner glass shelving braces, the answer to this question is a resounding yes!


Strengthening Glass Shower Screens


Traditionally, over panels have been used to provide additional strength to glass shower screens.


However, this has been shown to be ineffectual in terms of adding real integrity and rigidity in some circumstances – and can spoil the overall aesthetic of the shower screen.


Instead, use glass shelving that meets with Australian standards to provide extra support and give you peace of mind in terms of safety.


How Glass Shelving Can Be Used in Shower Screen Installation


Glass corner shelves succeed in strengthening the glass shower screen by acting as a brace.


The appearance is one of a simple glass shelf with no obvious supports, so the overall effect of the glass shower screen is preserved.

shower-screen-installation-western-suburbs-melbourneAs well as a more practical, rigid, stronger, and therefore safer, shower screen, you have a shelf to conveniently store your toiletries. Corner glass shelves are suitable for all types of fixed panel shower screens.


Fixing Glass Shelving to Your Shower Screen


Reinforced glass corner shelves are fixed to the wall with silicon or shower screen glass support brackets or both.


The brackets are made from brass with chrome plating so they are durable, made to last for years, and aesthetically pleasing as well. Shower screen glass support brackets can support glass shelves that range in thickness from between 8 mm to 10 mm.


However the most popular preference is to use silicone with out brackets, providing a seamless and strong finish.


The Advantages of Using Shelving Braces



In the event that the support brackets become damaged, they are easy and cheap to replace. Glass shelving braces are a straightforward, practical solution when it comes to shower screen installation.


As well as strengthening your screen, they look great and offer valuable storage space for your shampoos and shower gels. The result is a stronger, safer shower screen and a beautiful shower enclosure that is stylish, functional and easy to keep clean.


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