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Shower Curtains Versus Shower Enclosures

Sep 19th 2014 at 1:56 AM

Designers are asked this same question all the time—which is better, glass shower doors or shower curtains? And the answer is always the same: it's all a matter of what your space needs and of course, the homeowner's personal preference. As far as their benefits and advantages, glass shower doors and shower curtains have more to offer than just their outward appearance. It is true that shower enclosures contribute a great deal to the overall look of any bathroom, but their significance is far more than aesthetic as they also provide crucial function, especially in the maintenance of your bathroom's safety and cleanliness. When selecting between these shower enclosures, you should take into consideration three important aspects: your personal and maintenance preferences, your budget, as well as your long term plans for your bathroom design and layout.

Shower curtains are very affordable and they are widely available in most any store. They are also very easy to replace, not just because they cost less, but because they are designed for quick installation. They are versatile accessories that come in a wide array of textures, colours, and styles, which makes it easier to change the mood and theme of your bathroom, depending on the season or your mood for the day/week. They can even be custom made to match your bathroom fixtures. This said, shower curtains can also be hard to maintain and must be regularly replaced and checked for mould and mildew. Shower curtains can drip on the bathroom floor when carelessly left outside the shower area or the bathtub, which makes bathroom maintenance even more challenging.

Glass shower doors and enclosures, on the other hand, don't cause the same problems as they are fixed and can effectively keep water in, without any hassle. This is also why they are almost always the more preferred choice. They are more stylish and much easier to maintain and use than shower curtains, although they do cost more, upfront. An important investment for your bathroom design, it is also crucial that you weigh your needs and consider your future design and layout plans for your bathroom when deciding to install a shower enclosure. Glass shower doors are pretty much permanent installations, unlike shower curtains, which allow you to change up the look of your space in no time. Find an online bathroom fixture specialist to help you find the best luxury fixtures and accessories to complete your dream bathroom design.

About The Author:

This article is written by Giles Lever, who is the MD of Livinghouse. Livinghouse is one of the UK's leading luxury bathroom and bath fittings suppliers. They have a wide range of luxury bathroom suites, designer bathroom furniture, modern bathroom electrical fittings, steam room shower generators, wet room drains and a much more. In past two decades, they have successfully led the market with their unique collection of contemporary bathroom design.

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