Looking at some options for your new shower screen?
In this blog, I’m going to cover 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 and 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 its internal dimensions to house the glass securely.
My preference is to use a 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 screws 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 consistency and even finishes 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 used, but normally brackets would be more expensive than channels.
The alternative to using wall channels is 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 filled with silicone.
Silicone has a life expectancy of approximately 10 years and in a harsh environment like a shower. It known to degrade, discolor, or break down over time.