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Crystal clear views from the shower
Glass is one of the most important trend materials in interior design. As a transparent partition between the house entrance and living area or as a kitchen worktop, it has won many fans in recent years. Where does the rediscovered love for glass come from? On the one hand, glass certainly scores with its design attractiveness, it creates structure without weighing it down, on the other hand, its structural physical advantages are convincing. All these advantages can also be used in the bathroom - for example in the form of a high-quality all-glass shower!
All-glass design. With or without decor
As the name suggests, all-glass showers are shower cubicles made of (real) glass. However, completely transparent glass does not have to be used. Ornamental or satined glasses (= frosted glass), panes with sandblasting motifs, screen printing motifs or digital photo printing make the shower appear more closed and provide a stylish accent in your bathroom. Photo prints on glass backgrounds can replace bare walls or tiles. The combination of cool, smooth glass with natural materials such as wood, cork, marble or a precious metal is currently particularly popular. The latest designs for the bathroom can be found here.
In households with small children, the glass surfaces of the shower wall should not be completely transparent and the edges should be protected. Glass elements can easily be overlooked by people with a visual impairment.
Glass shower: yes or no?
Crystal clear yes! Would you like to brighten up your bathroom? Make it look larger? Or make your bathroom barrier-free? The all-glass shower can do it all. It is a comfortable, safe and visually appealing solution and finally banishes the unpleasant shower curtain and the not completely airtight folding bathtub wall from the bathroom. The glass shower on top is more hygienic. Mold hardly stands a chance, as fewer joints and seals are necessary compared to a bathtub with a shower wall. Compared to plastic models, the real glass shower also has the advantage of versatile design options and its longer service life.
High performance material prevents glass breakage
For the all-glass complete solutions, insensitive synthetic glass, but above all single-pane safety glass (ESG) is used, which has a flexural strength four to five times higher than normal glass. In addition, it can withstand rapid changes in temperature and the pressure of the often small fittings. ESG is subjected to a special thermal treatment. In this so-called "tempering" process, a pane of glass is heated in a controlled manner to around 620 ° C and then blown off with cold air. This creates regions of different tension in the glass, resulting in high impact resistance and durability. If the worst comes to the worst, the glass breaks into small pieces and there are no large pieces. The risk of breakage in real glass showers is very low and therefore nothing to worry about. All-glass showers are planned and built in accordance with ÖNORM B 3719, which specifies the requirements for stability, hygiene and cleaning.
All-glass showers are also available as custom-made products. This is particularly helpful in bathrooms with sloping walls, for example. The glass wall can be precisely planned here.
High cost and other disadvantages
There are a few disadvantages of the all-glass shower: On the one hand, there are the comparatively higher acquisition costs and the more complex installation. The price depends on the size, quality and design. Of course, you have to dig deeper into your pocket for a high-quality all-glass shower made to measure. Finished installation variants (e.g. from Bernstein) are available from around 300 euros. Custom-made glass showers (e.g. commissioned from a glazier), including installation, cost up to 2,000 euros.
Bathtub combination or walk-in
Thanks to the high-quality safety glass, showers can be individually adapted to the bathroom and even outstrip those made of plastic in this regard. All-glass showers with sliding doors, niche showers, corner showers or they can be combined with the bathtub. Glass pentagonal showers, U-shaped showers or round showers can also be implemented. The number and design of the fixed parts and door elements are variable - depending on individual needs and local conditions. Door elements are implemented as revolving, swinging or sliding doors. Ultra-modern: barrier-free walk-in showers, completely without doors. They visually open up the bathroom by removing the boundaries between the shower area and the rest of the bathroom.
The right fittings
Striking-angular, soft-round or individually unusual: there are suitable shower door fittings for almost every installation situation. Matched to the door or cabinet handles as well as the towel rail, they fit harmoniously into the overall picture. Brushed, matt gold and brass are currently the main trend. Practical: fittings with a lift-and-lower mechanism lift the door slightly when it is moved, then lower it again automatically and thus protect the seal. At the same time, they seal completely. The glass oasis of wellbeing is perfectly rounded off if the fittings are easy to clean and niches integrated into the glass wall create space for junk items.
Prevention is better than aftercare: Limescale deposits do not even form if a shower squeegee is available with which all surfaces are freed from water after showering. You can get one from around ten euros, for example in a furniture store.
Glass shower: who should clean it?
Few joints and seals ensure that a glass shower cubicle is basically easy to clean. However, there are a few helpful moves against dull shower glass: Microfiber cloths and water are best for cleaning. Important: Do not use any abrasive, caustic or acidic cleaning agents on glass surfaces, as they roughen the surface, which in turn makes it more susceptible to dirt! If you want to fight stubborn dirt, try a glass cleaner - this shouldn't be corrosive either. If you have a satin or sandblasted glass booth, it is best and easiest to use a glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
Nothing lasts forever: Due to the design, so-called "maintenance joints" are built into all-glass showers. These are filled with elastic, but must be checked by the user at regular intervals in order to avoid consequential damage.
Clear thanks to the easy-to-clean coating
No matter how much you clean and polish: Water containing lime, soap and cleaning agents lead to glass corrosion over time. Fine scratches occur, limescale, dirt and bacteria accumulate. The glass becomes stained, rough, loses its shine. Manufacturers anticipate the unsightly residues on the glass panes with high-quality materials and coatings. In the case of clear panes, a special glass for showers can be used, which is specially protected against the effects of water. You can enjoy a brilliant surface for a long time without additional maintenance. In addition, shower walls (including those with photo digital printing etc.) can be provided with a nano-coating, which makes cleaning easier and extends the life of the all-glass shower - a big advantage over plastic!
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