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Keeping Glass in Top Condition: A Guide


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Keeping Glass in Top Condition: A Guide

Hello! My name is Vince. Last year, I learnt a very important lesson - if you do not look after the glass in your home, it will not look after you. You see, I hadn't really inspected, cleaned or carried out any maintenance work on the glass windows and doors in my home. One day, during a storm, the glass in one of my windows shattered. I didn't know what to do. When I called in a glass contractor, he said that the glass had failed due to a hairline crack. He replaced the other pieces of glass in my home and gave me some advice about glass care.

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Reasons to Choose a Custom Rather than a Pre-made Shower

When installing a shower in your bathroom, you can choose between a custom design or a pre-made model. If you go with an off-the-shelf shower, the available panels and elements need to be fitted together. A custom enclosure involves the contractors measuring your bathroom and creating a shower to fit your specifications. Following are several reasons to choose the custom shower option.

Uneven Walls and Floors

While you may not notice it, the walls or floors on a bathroom may be minutely out of alignment. For example, the entire bathroom floor may be on a tiny slope or two walls might not meet perfectly square in the room corner. Even though these alignment issues might be minuscule, they can make it harder to fit a factory-made shower as the contractor will be forced to accommodate the surface variances by using extra silicone or sealant.

With a custom design, however, contractors can accurately measure your bathroom, sometimes using laser beams. They can then manufacture the glass panels to fit your space and allow for the wall and floor irregularities.

Create a Unique Contour

Because a custom shower can be fashioned into any size or contour, you can create unique shapes. For example, you could establish an extra-wide shower so everyone can bathe in luxury. Bigger shower enclosures can also be more convenient for those with mobility issues.

You can tailor-make the enclosure to maximise the layout. If the bathroom corners are taken up with a basin or storage, and you don't want to rearrange everything, you could build an elongated shower along the wall. Alternatively, construct a curved or hexagonal structure to create visual interest and save floor space. After all, you often don't use the corners of a shower enclosure.

Glass Choices

If you custom-design your shower rather than choose from what's available, you'll have a massive range of glass options to consider. You could opt for clear glass, which helps to expand the bathroom and make it feel larger. Low-iron shower screens eliminate any greenish haze. You can also choose frosted glass in an even cloudy sheen or with patterns and designs. For example, select a botanical motif or go with geometric lines and squares.

Another possibility is patterned glass that has a three-dimensional surface caused by moulding the glass before it hardens. A popular design is rain glass that mimics trickling water droplets. But, you can let your imagination free and create something highly unusual also. Reach out to a professional to discuss shower screen options.