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A Buying Guide to Shower Screens

A shower screen is a key element of most wet rooms and walk in showers, helping to keep the water spray within the ‘wet’ area of the room. Without a shower screen the water spray could soak the entire room, resulting in wet towels, slippery floors and soggy toilet paper etc!

Shower screens are available to suit a variety of budgets, however as is often the case, you most certainly get what you pay for, with cheaper screens often being manufactured in thinner glass and supplied with poor quality fittings that will not stand the test of time.


Shower Screen Recommendations

All screens should be manufactured in toughened glass to meet both UK and European safety standards.

A screen of at least 8mm thickness is recommended. This is especially important when the shower will be used by young children, elderly persons and those unsteady on their feet or with mobility problems.

An easy clean coating is a great addition. This will most certainly take the elbow work out of cleaning the screen, and will help to maintain it in a gleaming, pristine condition.

With screen lengths of 1000mm or over, it is strongly recommended that some form of bracing is used at the end furthest away from the fixing wall, this could be a top bracing bar, ceiling to screen bar, or for total stability a floor to ceiling post.

The ideal entry access required for a shower area is 500mm to 600mm, however this all depends on the individual.


Shower Screen Flipper / Return Panels

A flipper or return panel as it is sometimes known, is a panel of glass placed at the end(s) of the shower screens to help maintain the water spray further. Depending on the manufacturer these are available in hinged or fixed configurations in 200mm or 300mm length’s.

A hinged flipper panel is the ideal addition for when you need a longer length shower screen but you need to maintain enough of a gap to access the shower area. The flipper can be hinged inwards to allow access, and then turned parallel to the main screen when showering to maximise the length covered by the screen.


Shower Screen Enclosures

By using two or more shower screens together with the use of extra optional fittings, a range of shower screen enclosures can be created. Resulting in a truly bespoke enclosure as the centre piece of the wet room or walk in shower. Some example configurations are shown below:

Shower Screen Configurations

Nominal Measurements

All shower screen widths stated by the manufacturer are nominal, i.e the actual screen will be a little shorter than the width stated. For example, a Merlyn Ionic 1000mm screen is actually 969mm in width. All shower screen manufacturers state the shower screen width as a 'nominal' size to allow for tiling when the screen is mounted on a shower tray, this is standard practice. Some (but not all) of the shortfall in length can be taken up by using the maximum adjustments of the shower wall profile if you are using one, see below.


Shower Screen Adjustments

Adjustments allow for easy, secure fixing when mounting the shower screen against a wall. Most shower screen manufacturers products allows a generous amount of movement at each wall profile. The profile is the piece that fixes to the wall, and as these profiles have “adjustments”, most shower screen can be securely fixed into position even when walls are not precisely straight or if the thickness of your choice of tiles affects the installation space for your screen.


Wetrooms Online Shower Screens

Wetrooms Online sell a wide range of quality shower screens, all are a minimum of 8mm thickness (except Merlyn MBOX), toughened glass, manufactured to both UK and European standards. All the screens that Wetrooms Online sell are finished with an easy clean coating as standard. All the screens can be fitted on a wet room floor or shower tray.


The following, quality proven manufacturers are represented at Wetrooms Online:


Merlyn Shower Screens & Shower Enclosures

MERLYN is a highly successful shower screen & shower enclosure business with a No. 1 market position in the UK and Ireland, through its focus on design, innovation, new product development and award winning customer service. Continuously building on its reputation for unrelenting attention to detail, using only the finest sourced quality materials, with an extensive range of finishes has awarded MERLYN the title of one the most innovative and progressive bathroom companies around.


Kudos Shower Screens & Shower Enclosures

With total flexibility of design and install, the Kudos Ultimate 2 shower panels prove to be an extremely popular choice. Available in both 8mm and 10mm thickness, these 1985mm high wet room panels are manufactured in the UK. Build your own system using the wide range of optional fittings, which also come in a range of special finishes including brushed gold and matt black.

A curved shower screen is also available in the Kudos Ultimate 2 range, in 1000mm and 1200mm length’s, creating a true statement piece.


Aqata Shower Screens & Shower Enclosures

If you are looking for the ultimate in quality and finish, then look no further than Aqata luxury shower screens. All Aqata luxury shower screens are hand made in Britain. The Spectra range offers a contemporary frameless shower screens, including straight and curved glass and spacious walk through configurations. A truly luxurious range of shower screens.


Sommer Shower Screens & Shower Enclosures

Style, Quality and Value are at the heart of the Sommer range. Each product will give you a lifetime of enjoyment with premium features and superb looks. Choose Sommer for a shower solution that will bring the best out of your bathroom space and the best out of your budget.