It can be tricky to decide whether you should hang a shower curtain or install a glass shower screen in your bathroom. Here are two reasons why you might want to opt for the latter.
They're easier to keep clean
While most people want their bathrooms to be clean, few actually want to waste hours on end scrubbing and wiping down the surfaces in this area of their homes.
One of the best things about glass shower screens is that they are incredibly easy to keep clean. After you're finished showering and the glass is still steamed up, all you have to do is wipe the glass with a squeegee. This process rarely takes more than a minute and leaves the glass clean and gleaming.
Conversely, if you have a shower curtain, you will probably have to invest a significant amount of time if you want to keep it clean and in good condition.
This is because shower curtains are highly susceptible to mould. The warmth and humidity of the bathroom environment, coupled with the water droplets that are left on the curtain's surface after the shower is used, can provide the perfect environment for mould to grow in. This can then leave the curtain covered in unsightly and unhygienic black spots.
The only way to remove this mould is to take the shower curtain off the rail (which is a laborious process in and of itself), spritz bleach on the mouldy areas, put it into the washing machine and then allow it to air dry. This is a labour-intensive task which could can an hour or more to carry out.
They can make your bathroom look more spacious
If your bathroom is quite small and you want to avoid making it look cramped and cluttered, it would be wiser to opt for a shower screen rather than a shower curtain.
A shower curtain (particularly one which is brightly-coloured or has a noticeable pattern) will act as a visual obstruction that will block your view of a portion of the bathroom and thus make the space appear even smaller than it already is.
Whilst you might think that you can simply keep it pulled back to avoid this issue, it's worth noting that shower curtains need to be fully extended and allowed to air-dry, to reduce the speed with which the above-mentioned mould begins to grow on them.
Conversely, because a glass shower screen is completely transparent, it will not obstruct any part of the room. This, in turn, will ensure that the bathroom looks as spacious as possible.