Shower Screen Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are your prices so low, is it of good quality?
Young Shower Screens are importers of standard size shower screen panels (stock panels) for frameless shower screens. Because we have set standard size panels, our glass is manufactured by an automated machine product line, which means the glass can be produced faster and more efficiently. The savings in production cost is passed down to the consumer, without sacrificing on quality.

We provide builders, renovators all around Australia at trade prices. We also provide to the general public at trades prices, so if you are a handy DIY person you can take advantage of our quality shower screens at great prices. You can choose from a wide range of high quality frameless shower screens, we have over 400 sizes and models to choose from, all listed on our online store.

We want all our customers, builders, tradesmen and the general public, to benefit from buying from us, so we will do our best to assist you with the shower screen you want.
Should I plan for my shower screen before I build or renovate my bathroom?
Yes, you should plan your shower screen before you build or renovate your bathroom. Deciding the shower screen model which suites your needs before you build or renovate allows you to plan your bathroom designs to accommodate our shower screen standard packages to save costs. Make sure you examine the base dimensions so you can plan your bathroom around our shower screen packages. Otherwise you will need to order a custom shower screen.
Do I need to use a Support Bar or a Corner Bracing Shelf?
Do I need a Support Bar?
No you do not need add a support bar to the shower screen. Our standard shower screen package does not include a support bar, it is structurally strong enough without and is compliant with the Australian Standards. However having a support bar installed does give you peace of mind knowing that it adds a high level of structural strength to a frameless shower screen. It is an elegant system which gives the shower screen support and still provides the frameless look and feel to the shower screen. You can always add the support bar system at a later date, even after the shower screen has been installed.

Do I need a Corner Bracing Shelf?
If you have a Support Bar system installed, you do not need a Corner Shelf. Otherwise, if your shower screen has a fixed panel where a door is hanging (hinging) off it, we highly recommend you have a bracing shelf installed to add strength to fixed panel and door combination. If you do not have any bracing (either support bar or bracing shelf), you will notice some swaying of the fixed panel as you open and close the door. The other great feature of the shelf brace, is that it provides you with a place to put your shower products and act as a structural support at the same time.

Take a look at our range of Corner Shelves and Support Bar Systems
Which is better the Support Bar or the Corner Bracing Shelf?
They both have their merits. In terms of structural strength the support bar is better as it provides a high level of strength to the shower screen. In terms of aesthetics and functionality, the shelf provides a medium level of strength to the shower screen, it also complements well with the frameless shower screen and gives extra storage space to place your shampoos and conditioners

Take a look at our range of Corner Shelves and Support Bar Systems
How do I minimize the water from leaking outside of my frameless shower screen?
Due to the nature of frameless shower screens, creating a completely water tight seal is impossible. There will always be gaps between and around door panels. However if you do experience excessive water leakage, we also sell plastic rubber shower screen seal strips which will help to minimize the leakage and stop that leaking shower screen.

Take a look at our range of plastic rubber shower screen door water seal strips
Custom Shower Screens
What do you classify as a custom shower screen?
We considers custom shower screens as a design which requires custom panels, which are made-to-measure panels that must be ordered from a local glass manufacturer. Custom panels cost more as compared to our stock standard size panels, therefore we try to minimise the cost of your custom shower screen by using as many of our stock standard size panels as we can. Stock standard size panels are prefabricated panels, which are produced at large quantities and then imported and stored at our warehouse, where as custom panels need to be ordered from a local Sydney glass toughening plant.

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Can you supply custom frameless shower screens?
We also supply custom frameless shower screens. The lead (manufacturing) time for custom panels is approximately 7 - 14 days. We have an innovative system which allows you to keep track of the progress of your custom shower screen order online.

We supply custom frameless shower screens Australia wide. The shower screen is packaged in a cardboard box, strapped onto a custom pallet, and sent to you via a specialise courier service who excel at transporting fragile items. All shower screens sent will have transit insurance inclusive in the shipping price to cover all damages during transit. Rest assured you will get your shower screens in perfect condition, if any of the panels are damaged during transit, a replacement panel will be re-pack and re-sent to you.

We can provide installation for Sydney areas. Otherwise, will can find your own installers for shower screen installations. We also have many DIY customers who have preformed there own installation.
Why are custom shower screens more expensive than the shower screens you offer as standard packages?
Generally, custom shower screens are more expensive because producing non-standard sized glass panels is a labor intensive process, and therefore incur high overheads. Whereas our stock panels are manufactured using an automated machine production line, which can be produce the glass at a quicker rate with less overheads. Therefore the savings from production cost is passed down to you, without sacrificing on quality. All our glass is compliant with Australian Standards, whether it be a locally made custom panel or imported standard size panel.
Can I cut safety glass from your shower screen packages to suit my bathroom?
No, you cannot cut safety glass. Once float (normal) glass has gone through the toughening process it is set. You cannot cut or drill the glass panel without breaking it. At most you may be able to polish 2mm off the edge, however you are still at risk of causing the glass to implode.
How can I minimize the cost of my custom shower screen?
There are a number of ways in which you can minimize the costs of your custom shower screen:
  • Adhere to our standard height of 2m.
  • Use our stock door panels, which has a width of 600m, is suitable for shower screen heights of 2m.
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How can I get a quote for a custom shower screen?
Try our online quote system
  1. Choose the model which suits your bathroom.
  2. You will need to get a tape measure and measure the area of the shower enclosure.
  3. Enter the measurements into the quote form.
  4. Choose any upgrades or accessories you would like to add to the shower screen.
  5. Finally enter in your details, and you have completed our online shower screen quoting system.
  6. One of our expert technicians will review your design, provide alternative design (if applicable), and will reply a quote price via email.
Installation Information
What condition do I need my walls and floor need to be to install a standard size shower screen?
For a standard size package shower screen it is best if your walls and floors are square (with a tolerance of not more than 5mm off square).
If your walls and floors are not square, you may need to consider a custom shower screen, where the glass can be produced to follow the slope of your wall or floor.
Where can I get an installer?
If you require an installer, we can provide a qualified professional frameless shower screen installer, who will service most Sydney metro areas.

If you are not in Sydney and are having troubles finding an installer, try contacting your local builder or plumber as some are willing install shower screens.
How much silicon spacing should I leave between the glass panels and wall/floor?
It is highly recommended that you leave a 2mm to 3mm of silicon spacing between the glass panel and wall/floor. This gives the glass protection against any structural movement in your walls or floor.

House are at risk if your foundation moves. If you do not allow for any silicon spacing buffer, and the foundation of your house does move, your walls may put enough pressure on the glass panels causing it to implode.

High rise apartment blocks are also at risk if you do not allow for the silicon spacing buffer. These tall buildings bend and sway in the wind, causing the walls to move with the building. If your glass is sitting flush with the wall without any buffer, the pressure could be enough to cause the glass to implode.
Will your shower screens fit on a shower tray?
Our shower screens are designed to sit directly onto tiles. You will need to find a shower tray which will be suitable for our standard size shower screens. You will need to compare the shower tray's specifications with the standard size shower screen's base dimensions, the shower tray will need to allow sufficient area for the shower screen panels sit on. Please refer to the product listings online to find shower screen measurements.

If you are interested in ordering a custom shower screen, we can design a custom made-to-measure shower screen to fit your shower base.

Note: the shower tray will be slightly smaller after installation (refer to picture on the right), you will need to take this into consideration when comparing the shower tray's dimensions with the shower screen's layout. You will need to ensure there is a nice square edge between the wall and shower tray for the glass to sit against.
What type of material should my walls be?
Brick walls are the most ideal material for the shower screens to be screwed into. If you have a plasterboard walls, please ensure that it is sufficiently thick for the screws and wall anchors. Otherwise you will need to install timber studs behind for the screws.
Are shower screens easy to install?
Frameless glass shower screens are not easy to install, it takes great skill handling the glass panel (large panels can weight up to 60kg) without damaging them and to align the panels into position. We highly recommend you to seek a licenses tadesman who has years of experiencing installing frameless shower screens. However, if you have confidence in your own skills, we will gladly give you advise on any questions you may have regarding installation.
Shower screen installation with a hob
If you are planning to use a hob (step down) for your shower screen, you may need to consider some issues. Are you going to install the shower screen on the upper level or the lower level?

At Young Shower Screens, we prefer to have the shower screen installed on the top level of the step as this leads to less problems. The main advantage of having the shower screen installed on the upper level of the step is that the silicon sealed areas stay cleaner and mold free for longer. Having the panels installed on the lower level of the step requires more silicon and therefore allows more area for mold to grow.

You may be thinking that having the panels installed on the upper level of the step lets water run out of your shower area. Yes, this can happen, however we use plastic rubber door water seals to prevent the water leakages that may occur.

You can find our full range of shower screen door water seals online

How should the water proofing membrane be installed?
If your water proofing membrane has an upturn, i.e. an aluminum or plastic lip which sticks out of the glass, you may need to trim the lip of the membrane so that the glass panels can sit 2mm - 3mm above the tiles.
Shower screen installation with a fall to waste floor design and water proofing membrane upturns
If installing the shower screen onto a fall to waste floor design, the best location to install the shower screen panels is directly on top of the water proofing membrane's upturn. The upturn is usually a strip of metal which protrudes out of the tiles. If the upturn is protruding out of the tiles, it will need to be trimmed until it is flush with the tiles. The shower screen panels will then sit directly on top, this will create a nice finish, hiding the ugly upturn with the glass panels, and maintain the maximum water proofing.
Australian Standards
What are the Australian Standards?
We take particular care to ensure that our products are safe to use and that they comply with the Australian Standards.
AS1288 states that frameless shower screens need to use Safety Glass, also known as Grade A safety glazing materials. It also specifies that safety glass may be used up to a maximum size for a specific thickness. This ensures that the application of glass stays within the designed stress limits of the safety glass. For example, a single panel of: 10mm thick safety glass may be used up to a maximum area of 6.0m², or 8mm thick safety glass may be used up to a maximum area of 4.5m², or 6mm thick safety glass may be used up to a maximum area of 3.0m². Click here for more information
AS2208 states that safety glass need to be hardened to a particular quality. Also that the safety glass produces desirable fracture characteristic, the glass must fragment into a minimum number of pieces per square inch to avoid any serious injury to a person in the event of an accident, otherwise you may receive some serious cuts. For example, safety glass must have a surface compression of NOT less than 68.94 MPa, and edge compression of NOT less than 66.87 MPa. As a comparison, normal float glass has a surface compression of less than 24.14 MPa. Certified Product Stamp
Glass Fabrication
Bowing
Bowing can occur as a result of the heat treatment process of the glass panel. The amount of bowing in a glass panel will vary with substance, tint, surface treatment, size and shape of the glass. Ceramic painted, sand blasted or reflective coated glass has a greater tendency to bow and special tolerances would be advised. Flatness will be measured when the glass is standing on edge with a straight edge placed along the full length of the panel and a wedge measurement taken at the center position. If the amount of bowing is within industry tolerances, it is not considered a defect.
Roller Waves
Roller wave occurs as glass passes over the rollers in a horizontal, oscillating heat treatment furnace. As the glass heats up, it may sag between the rollers at the reversal of each oscillation, which then becomes "set" in place during the cooling (quench) process. This may produce roller wave distortion in the finished product. Roller waves is a characteristic of heat-treated glass and is not considered a defect if the roller waves are not visible under normal light conditions, and only visible under certain lighting conditions (such as in the precence of polarised light or intense lighting).
Strain Pattern
Strain pattern refers to a specific geometric pattern of iridescence or darkish shadows that may appear under certain lighting conditions, particularly in the presence of polarised light or intense lighting (also referred to as "quench marks", "leopard spots" or anisotropy). The phenomena is caused by the localised stresses imparted by the rapid air cooling of the heat treatment process. Strain pattern is characteristic of heat-treated glass and is not considered a defect.