Shower Doors vs Curtains
Have you looked at your shower curtain lately? If not, you probably don’t want to. You’re likely to see colorful specks and streaks, particularly at the bottom few inches. And, what you think is soap scum could actually be harmful mold and bacteria. Clearly your shower curtain needs to go, but what will you replace it with?
Shower curtains are actually becoming a thing of the past. As new homes are being built or bathrooms are being remodeled, more and more homeowners are opting for glass shower doors. Whether or not a shower curtain is right for you depends on a few different personal factors, but most people can benefit from glass shower doors.
Functionality, Efficiency, and Accessibility
The first thing to consider here is accessibility. If you have limited range of motion in your upper body or use a shower chair, you need to make sure you are using the best option. A custom glass shower door is really the best choice for most people with physical limitations. Consider this:
- Shower curtain requires you to reach over your head and pull. Shower door has a handle placed at about hip level for comfort and ease.
- Shower curtain cannot be adjusted for transfer shower chairs. Upgrading to a glass shower door with a shower chair installed in the wall is safer, more convenient, and doesn’t make a mess.
- If you opt for a glass shower door, choose a frameless option without a track for better accessibility.
Glass shower doors have other advantages over shower curtains. Curtains can easily shift, and depending on conditions may even try to suck into the shower and cling to you. Every time that shower curtain moves it is allowing water to hit your floor, gathering in crevices and creating a slip hazard. A glass shower door is a solid barrier making it harder for water to escape the area.
The Real Cost of Shower Curtains
You can buy a basic, clear, plastic shower liner at Walmart for 99 cents. Clearly the up front cost of shower curtains is negligible, but what are the real costs?
With shower curtains in all price ranges, it can be difficult to really calculate the cost of replacements. You will need to replace your shower curtain every three to twelve months, depending on how often you clean it and the quality of the curtain.
Decide the average amount you will spend on shower curtains, and give yourself at least three or four replacements per year if you’re not cleaning it regularly. This will give you the ability to estimate about how much you’ll spend on shower curtains in the next ten years, and compare that to the one time cost of a glass shower door.
There are also environmental costs that must be considered. Plastic nondurable goods made up 4.1 million tons of waste, which includes shower curtains. Almost 77% of that waste went to landfills. And it is important to understand that shower curtains of any type cannot be recycled.
Glass Shower Doors Have a One-Time Expense
Installing a glass shower door may be an investment, but it’s an investment you only have to make once. The average homeowner stays in their home for 10 to 15 years. That’s a lot of use out of something that costs a few hundred dollars.
Cleanliness and Safety
As you’ve probably figured out, that shower curtain of yours is pretty gross. Now imagine that shower curtain breezing into the shower and wrapping around your legs. Clearly a dirty shower curtain is a health and safety issue.
You can wash certain types of shower curtains, but not all. If you are not able to machine wash it, you will have to dispose of it. Cheaper shower curtains will not be able to machine wash.
Cleaning a shower curtain by hand well is nearly impossible. That shower curtain is harboring bacteria and mold that you might not be able to see, or that you might pass off as a harmless stain. You cannot ensure your family’s safety by hand washing a shower curtain.
On the other hand, a glass shower door makes the shower easier to clean. If you squeegee your shower and shower door after every use, you will rarely have to truly clean your shower door. Cleaning it usually just requires spraying some disinfecting spray that cuts soap scum, rinsing, and using a squeegee.
Protect Your Family Against Mold with a Shower Door
Mold is the biggest concern in bathrooms across South Carolina. The high humidity and temperatures provide the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold is most likely to build up in the bathroom if surfaces stay moist for 48 hours or more.
If you close your shower curtain to let it dry, the inside of your shower will dry slower, and mold can form before it dries. If you leave your shower curtain open to allow the shower to dry, mold will form in the creases where air cannot reach to dry them..
Glass shower doors are resistant to mold. We can also treat custom doors with Diamon-Fusion, a revolutionary new protectant that makes cleaning your shower door easy and convenient. If you are ready to look at your own options for custom glass shower door installation, read our buyer’s guide, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
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