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Maintaining, Protecting and Repairing Glass: Tips for Everyone

Welcome to my blog. When I was a teen, I started dabbling with coloured glass and stained glass art. Later, I helped work on a number of houses, and my partner and I often changed the windows in those houses. Through that experience, I learned a lot about maintaining, protecting and repairing glass. Currently, I am not working on any projects, so I decided to create a blog full of the information I have learned about glass over the years. Whether you are an artist, a glass installer, a homeowner thinking about new windows or anyone else with a question or concern about glass, this blog is designed for you.

Maintaining, Protecting and Repairing Glass: Tips for Everyone

Should You Choose Opaque Or Clear Shower Screens?

by Catherine Smythe

Glass shower screens add a luxurious touch to a bathroom. Before choosing a glass type, though, you need to be clear about what you want from the screens. Are you after something to maximise light flow, or are you more interested in preserving privacy? Here is some information to help you decide between transparent and opaque glass.

Frosted Glass

Frosted glass is translucent, filtering through a soft diffused light. Because it scatters the illumination that passes through, only blurred shadows and shapes are visible. If privacy is a priority, go for these screens, which are particularly ideal for shared bathrooms. Frosted glass has decorative appeal also, with a matte finish that adds extra texture and interest to the decor, especially when juxtaposed against glossy tiles and hardware. It gives a soft muted effect, without glare and shine. 

Opaque screens are available in a range of designs: geometric shapes, squares and stripes for a classic touch or organic designs that mimic falling raindrops or waves. Some have horizontal transition panels, with a more opaque middle section to let in extra light at the top an bottom while preserving privacy at the same time. 

Clear Glass

If privacy while showering is not a concern, you could opt for clear glass instead, which allows light to flow to all corners of the bathroom. This has the effect of opening up the area. As parts of the room are not blocked off with opaque screens, you can see wall to wall, which makes the entire room feel larger. Not only that, but shiny surfaces reflect light more than matte ones do. So glossy glass screens bounce light around the room, brightening it up. This also increases feelings of spaciousness. 

While clear glass provides a view into the shower enclosure, this might be precisely what you want if your shower features a beautiful tile or natural stone splashback that you wish to showcase. The transparent glass gives an uninterrupted view of the design, letting it become the focal point of the room. Frosted glass, in contrast, tends to take some of the attention itself because it is so beautiful.

If privacy is not a concern, you need to choose the glass that will best fit in with your design plans. Both types of glass complement contemporary and traditional designs. Bear in mind also that steam from a running shower can create a degree of temporary obscurity.