The seven essential steps when choosing your shower screen

Shower screens are commonly the biggest structure in your bathroom and beyond function, can affect the space's aesthetic, usage and upkeep. While shower screens may not be the first consideration in bathroom design, they can completely change or dictate the look of the space and how it ages over time. According to the experts at Stegbar, here's how to select the perfect shower screen for new builds and renovations.

StyleFrameless shower screens are comprised of unobstructed thick glass secured by subtle metal clamps or a slimline aluminium frame for low visual impact. They are increasingly popular with interior designers, as they enable the eye to focus on the space's aesthetics, vignettes and material choices. Alternatively, semi-framed screens can be used for a more defined, structured look. This option offers the best of both worlds - minimally intrusive screens and a wider glass area for a more spacious feeling with reinforced structural support.

ShapeInnovative design has re-shaped shower screens. Instead of the standard sharp angles, consider curved edges for forward thinking style. Rounded frameless shower screens provide a subliminal softness and flowing feeling, as well as a distinct, couture look.

SpaceSpace is often at a premium in bathrooms. A more effectively designed shower screen can help regain room without requiring a costly remodel. While hinge and pivot shower door styles require empty space to accommodate their trajectory, sliding and stacking doors move parallel and give more room to move. For example, Stegbar's Grange slider shower screens are uniquely designed for spatial efficacy and striking modern style. These frameless doors have minimal visible screw fittings and a corner slider to better utilise space in small rooms.

The seven essential steps when choosing your shower screen

Supplementary stylingShower screen hardware and accessories are often an afterthought when undertaking a bathroom re-fresh, but because of the shower's visual prominence it's an important detail for creating cohesion within the space. When purposefully selected, the hinges and handles of frameless shower screens and the structure of partially framed screens can serve to define the overall look of the room.

"Incorporating black hardware in shower handles or wall hinges adds impact and streamlined style," says Christal Fysentzou, co-founder of Brisbane-based building and design firm Zou Build. Black handles and hinges are timeless and can both bend into or stand out of bathroom designs depending on their usage. Stegbar's Jett hardware can complete the look of contemporary or chic industrial style bathrooms. On the other end of the spectrum, chrome or nickel-plated hardware can be applied to get lighter look of airy beach house style, or a final touch of French Provincial finesse.

SealShower leakage may result from low volume drainage, improper tiling, faulty shower design or kids who love to splash about. The damage from leaks can be both immediate, and critical long-term, as consistent exposure moisture can cause structural discolouration, mould and rot. To best minimise leakage, chose a shower screen with an overlapping door and a seal on the opening edge of the door. The overlap will create a barrier that prevents water from spilling out. The seal helps reduce water leakage between the door and the closing panel or jamb.

SavingsBathroom renovations can become extremely expensive, so it's important to understand where you can make savings without compromising on style. Semi frameless shower screens are becoming extremely popular as they give a clean, streamlined look without the expense that is associated with a fully frameless option.

Stress-free maintenance and durabilityWhile it creates a unique look, frosted glass is often more difficult to clean than clear options, and is more likely to showcase soap scum, making it an option for a homeowner with more time on their hands.

Applying a protective coating will reduce the amount of effort required to keep any shower screen looking fresh. Stegbar's Nanoclean technology reduces cleaning time by up to 90 per cent and decreases the necessity for harsh chemicals. The coating prevents glass corrosion, lime deposit build-up and is abrasion resistant so it won't wear down or rub off. It's also chemical resistant, repelling both oil-based and water-based substances.