There are basically types of shower screens and a few ways of getting them.
These are horrible. Hard to clean with a lot of parts. Looks busy and cheap. Not an option for us unless we absolutely have to install a corner sliding shower.
Price for a 900x900x2100 enclosure supplied & installed around $600-$8000
Most common, what you would generally find in most display homes and what most bathroom renovators will use. The screen has an aluminium frame on the floor, joining the tiles and across the top. Glass is 6mm think and there is no frame between the glass panels.
No matter what you do the aluminium frame is bound to start dating/staining anywhere from 5 years, sometimes as early as 2-3 depending on how much you clean it.
Only recommended semi-frameless if you don’t plan on living in the home for long but still want it to look good.
Price for a 900x900x2100 enclosure supplied & installed around $900-$1000
The best. What we install 80-90% of the time. No frame at all, glass is secured by small stainless steel brackets and silicon. Glass is 10mm giving it a more sturdier look and feel. Much easier to clean with less parts and no aluminium parts to corrode.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Will last forever if you look after it and looks awesome. In my opinion and absolute priority.
Price for a 900x900x2100 enclosure supplied & installed around $1800-$2000
Ways to purchase:
Either on-line or in a store like Bunnings. You might be thinking, hey this looks like a steal and they say I can install it. What you might not realise it:
- They are hard to install and require skill and absolute accuracy.
- If the walls are even slightly out the screen will be no good.
- The screens are of low quality then custom-made.
- If something goes wrong with the screen you have to dismantle it, take it back for a new one, then install a new one, then repeat.
- It may not work and fit the room like you thought it would.
- You might stuff up and drill the wrong spot into the tiles, forcing you to take tiles off, re-waterproof and re-tile. (we have had professionals do that)
- Made to measure and installed with accuracy by experience professionals. Finished to grout lines where possible.
- If walls are un-level this can be rectified my adding a few mm to the top or bottom of the glass. Any possible problems are detected before installation.
- Installers ensure door will open and sit correctly without hitting anything and shower area has easy access.
- Any problems the shower screen guys will come back and fix it.
Don’t compromise on quality and take any risks, go for FRAMELESS and get a pro to do it!