Get help, with our shower enclosures FAQ
Q. I want to buy a new shower enclosure for my bathroom what do I need to do first?
A. The first thing is you will need to decide what size space you have available, and what budget you have. Then you will need to decide on the design that you want.
Q. Should I go for a frameless, semi frameless or framed enclosure ?
A. There are different positives for each of these styles. Frameless will offer a stunning and minimalist contemporary feel, a framed enclosure will offer you a lovely framed product especially for a more traditional or classic design and semi frameless will offer you something in between, not a full chunky frame, but not bare minimalism either. There is no right or wrong.
Q. What design of shower door should I go for?
A. Space, feel and your personal choice will be the key factors here. If you want to save space then a bifold door or sliding door would be better, or perhaps a quadrant enclosure. Hinged and pivot offer a lovely modern feel, a walk in enclosure or wetroom would give you a more open and contemporary look, or perhaps an offset quadrant to fit neatly in the corner of your bathroom, but in the end it will all come down to personal preference.
Q. What materials can I choose from and which is the best?
A. The only material used on shower enclosures is glass, and generally aluminium if you are going for a framed option, so there is no material better than others. However, there are differences in thickness of glass and as a general rule the thicker the glass the better quality the shower enclosure. There is also a clean and clear feature on many of the enclosures which means you get a coating on the glass to prevent lime scale build up. If the enclosure is going to be including a tray then the material is likely to be ABS capped stone resin or ABS capped acrylic. It is generally considered that the abs capped stone resin is better quality as it is a sturdy stone resin mix. for more information see shower trays.
Q. Which install option should I go for, for my shower enclosure and are they reversible?
A. Install options will either be a wetroom effect where the glass is fitted straight onto the floor, or with a tray where the glass will be fitted onto the shower tray as a base. There is no right or wrong, generally speaking if you are having a walk in enclosure or wetroom you would be less likely to use a tray, most people who opt for a full shower enclosure will choose to have a tray installed. Most of the shower enclosures or wet room screens are reversible, if this is important to you then always check the advert before purchasing.
Q. I have a cloakroom/tiny bathroom what shower enclosure style should I choose?
A. The best bet for a smaller space is always bifold or sliding as they take up less space externally with no space required to accommodate the door, however if you have enough space to accommodate a door any of the smaller sizes would be suitable.
Q. I don't have a big budget, is there still a good variety of shower enclosures to choose from?
A. There are lots of shower enclosures to choose from, even if you have a smaller budget, however you may find that you have to compromise on some of the more specialist features such as frameless and easy clean as these do tend to be more expensive.
Q. What else will I need to go with my shower enclosure?
A. There is nothing else that you would need to be able to use your shower enclosure, however do check the adverts if you are purchasing one with a tray check the advert as the waste may not be included and this will need to be purchased separately.
Q. Can I find matching items to go with my shower enclosure?
A. You won't find that the shower enclosures will have matching items but you can choose a design which will fit in best with the rest of the items in your bathroom.
A. If you have the easy clean feature on your glass then all that will be needed is daily rinsing. Never use any cleaning products on these types of glass as it will strip the easy clean coating off. If you have chosen standard glass without this feature normal glass cleaner and soft polishing cloth will do a good job. Never use any abrasive or salt based cleaners on your framing as it will eat away at the coating. your tray will need regular cleaning again with a gentle bathroom cleaner.