After a long, tiring day we long to get into a hot shower to unwind and freshen up. The shower area, even though a very private and sacred place for us may become quite uninviting if it isn’t contained, dry & clean.

This is where shower screens come in, by installing a shower screen you are not only saving yourself the extra cleaning and maintenance time, but also setting up a welcome space where you can truly enjoy the full benefits of a nice, relaxing shower.

So, what’s best way to enclose a shower area? Go for a durable, frameless Glass Shower Screen? or opt for a lightweight, beautifully patterned Acrylic Screen? or perhaps just make do with a Shower Curtain instead.

Let’s deep dive to understand the pros & cons in order to help us make the right decision. Read on folks!

Common Materials for Shower Screens

3 types of shower panel materialsNowadays we see shower screens evolved over time making them appealing, essential accessory that can instantly upgrade the look of the bathroom. They are a smart investment since a modern bathroom can dramatically increase the value of your house. And with the varieties available one can customize bath enclosures in any preferred colour, texture and size.

Glass Shower Screens have come a long way especially with the frameless, tempered glass panels option. No one can beat the durability and class of glass as a building material these days and shower screens are no exception. Along with strong fixtures to hold them in place Glass Shower Screens provide an everlasting option.

Competing with glass is plexiglass, polycarbonate or acrylic panels. Yes, Acrylic Glass Shower Screens offer a commendable alternative to Glass bringing hard to resist benefits.

Lastly, there’s plastic Shower Curtains which can somewhat still deliver on the intended purpose of containing the wet area. However, shower curtains have become obsolete and difficult to maintain with time as they are both unhygienic and have a scope for breeding moulds and mildew on the surface.

Considerations for choosing between Glass or Acrylic

1.     Look & Feel

Glass panel shower screens give the classic, neat & clean look. They also add to the overall appeal and value of the bathroom, especially to potential buyers during resale. So, it is a worthy investment. With glass, one has the option of installing a frameless shower screen to bring a modern and sleek look for the bath area.

If you prefer panels with fancy texture or patterns, then Acrylic panels offer a more creative options with a variety of designs. Aluminium framed acrylic screens with water drop or tree bark designs are quite popular with first time HDB buyers in Singapore.

Pro tip: You can add on a towel rail to your shower cabin to get yourself dry immediately without dripping all over the floor.

2.     Durability & Upkeep

Glass is longer lasting than any other material out there and can weather temperature effects as well. Once installed it can be totally stress free. A quick wipe after a shower and you are done with the upkeep.

Acrylic and Polycarbonates on the other hand are light weight as compared to glass but tend to get yellow over time. They are also less resistant to scratches. Use microfiber cloths and diluted solution when it comes to cleaning acrylic screens as they can be scratched very easily and are prone to damage from harsh acids.

3.     Fit for Purpose with Safety

Both glass & acrylic will serve the intended purpose of containing water pooling and splashes. However, measurements & sealing mechanisms are key. If gaps or openings exist, then it will defeat the very purpose of installing a screen.

Glass for one may pose a safety hazard. Instances of glass shattering in shower screens have been reported and this is one important aspect to consider especially if you have young children or elderly in the household.  So, go for good quality toughened safety glass. Tempered glass is a strong recommendation here, and panels should be at least 5 mm to 10 mm thick with edges bevelled as an added precautionary measure. Have rubber seals attached where needed to prevent impact upon door closure

Acrylic sheets have the benefit of safety as they might bend or have a dent at places at the most instead of shattering. For customizations, acrylic sheets are inexpensive and light cutting/trimming, making them easily modifiable for shape and size.

4.     Price

When it comes to budgeting for a glass shower screen a lot depends on what style you choose and the thickness of the glass. Generally a shower screen with installation may cost between SGD 800 to SGD 1,200 depending on customisation.

Acrylic is light on the pocket as compared to glass but may come with an added cost of replacement (in the long run). Price ranges from SGD 450 to up to SGD 1000.

Styles & Configurations to Choose from

3 enclosure styles

Sliding Door Shower Screens

This style is extremely useful when it comes to utilizing a small space, you can have a shower setting without making your bathroom seem cramped. For glass panels patterned (etched) or frosted (sandblasted) glass can maintain privacy while letting some light pass through making the whole space visually appealing.

Hinged Door Quadrant Shower

Such enclosure can fit snugly into a corner without rest of the bathroom space getting wasted. A single door attached to hinges provides access to the showering area, however there should be enough space for the door to open and close conveniently. A rubber coating at the edges is a must for it to prevent from banging. Some quadrant enclosures come with sliding door configuration as well.

Fixed Panel Shower

When you do not want to hassle yourself with the choices between shower enclosures and door movements you can simply use a wall-fixed glass panel. Just make sure the panel is full length to prevent the water form splashing outside.

At House Of Glass we offer you custom configurations and top end fittings for your shower enclosures.  Choose your preferred glass and customise to your needs so that every shower becomes an experience.