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Shower curtain or glass shower screen? The pros and cons of each

Thursday 1st June, 2017

With land for building houses coming at a premium, most modern homes are now designed to maximise the space available to them.

This means that, more often than not, the main bathroom is big enough for either a shower cubicle or a bath, but seldom is there room to squeeze both in. For many people, the solution is to combine the two, with a neat and effective over-bath shower.

The dilemma then arises of whether to plump for a shower curtain or a glass shower screen.

There are negatives and positives to consider for both options. Read on to find out more about the pros and cons of shower curtains versus glass shower screens.


Shower curtain pros and cons


  • Shower curtains are, generally speaking, a relatively cheap option.

  • Curtains can be taken down and popped in the washing machine when they get dirty or at the first sight of mildew forming.

  • Shower curtains can be great for injecting a dash of colour or an eye-catching pattern into a bathroom

  • If you get tired of the look of your existing shower curtain, or it starts to look a little old and grubby, it’s a straight-forward job to take it down and replace it with a new one.


  • Shower curtains tend to get mouldy pretty quickly if they aren’t left open to dry thoroughly. And if there’s one thing that stands out like an unsightly sore thumb in a bathroom, it’s a shower curtain with patches of grubby black mould.

  • Because they need to be left open to air dry, shower curtains can make a bathroom appear smaller.

  • For a shower curtain to dry properly, it needs to be left hanging outside of the bath. This means any water left on the curtain will drip on to your floor, which in a way defeats the object of the curtain in the first place.

  • Shower curtains may be a cheaper option, but because of that, they can also cheapen the look of a perfectly nice bathroom.

  • A shower curtain doesn’t come with a sealed edge in the same way as a glass shower screen, which will often result in a big puddle on your bathroom floor.

Glass shower screen pros and cons


  • Glass shower screens look sleek and contemporary and will fit in perfectly with the style of pretty much any bathroom

  • A glass shower screen can actually make a bathroom appear larger and lighter than it is. The naturally reflective properties of glass mean light bounces off your shower screen and back into the room, creating the illusion of space.

  • Give your glass shower screen a quick wipe down with a cloth or squeegee and it will be dry in minutes – making it far less appealing to mould, mildew and bacteria.

  • A quality glass shower screen from a reputable glass supplier like Peterlee Glass will stay looking good for years. All our shower screens are made from toughened glass, meaning they’re tough, durable and safe.

  • Standard sized glass shower screens are becoming more and more affordable, meaning you can have a quality, stylish product that will last years rather than months.

  • Custom glass shower screens can be made to order for the perfect fit in non-standard spaces.

  • Glass shower screens are available in such a wide range of styles and shapes, you are sure to find one that suits both your budget and your taste. Fixed, pivoting, folding or sliding shower screens are all popular options, and you can choose between frosted, painted, or a traditional clear glass screen.


  • Limescale and soap scum can build up to leave a cloudy residue on a shower screen if it isn’t regularly dried down. However, follow our top tips and you’ll have no trouble avoiding this issue.

  • There’s no doubt that a glass shower screen is more expensive to buy and install than a shower curtain. But bearing in mind that a quality shower screen is a long-term investment that will last for years, it could actually work out more economical than a curtain that needs to be replaced every six months or so.

Find a trusted glass supplier

If you decide to opt for a glass shower screen, make sure to buy from a reputable glass supplier, like Peterlee Glass. We can offer a full design and fitting service and only supply quality glass products that meet the strictest of safety standards.

Get in touch today or call into the Trade Centre to speak to our team of experts.

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