FAQs

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    All glass has a breaking point. Toughened glass shatters into tiny chunks when it breaks. Laminated and wired glass develop crack lines when broken. The wired glass is more prone to breaking when (in cold weather) the hot water causes the wire in the glass to expand and thus cracks the glass. The hardiest glass would be toughened, followed by laminated. Speedy Shower Screens no longer make screens with wired glass.

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    A semi-frameless shower screen has toughened glass which has been cut to size, polished, and put through an intense heat process prior to delivery to us. A fully framed screen uses laminated glass which can be cut to size on site. Laminated glass must be framed and sealed or mould can enter the glass.

    When the shower is being used – steam shows up marks on the glass of my screen. What causes them and how can I get rid of the marks?

    Marks can be caused during the manufacturing process (oil residue) or while being installed (silicone). To remove the marks, use turpentine on a soft cloth.

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    The longer water sits inside the shower screen, the more likely mould will occur. Silicone is mould resistant but can still develop mould when spores and water are together in your shower. Sometimes the mould is actually behind the silicone and not in it! When the mould on the glazing vinyl is a reddish colour, it may in fact not be mould. Bleach and hair dye can change the colour of the glazing vinyl.

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    The most common cause of glass breaking is the hot water hitting the glass (particularly the wired glass) in cold weather, causing rapid expansion and thus cracking the glass. Another cause is the seasonal expansion and contraction of the ground causing the foundations to shift thus bringing pressure to bear on the glass.

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    The Fixed panel is attached to the bath with silicone and to the wall with silicone, a couple of screws through the tiles and a brace at the top. The combined weight and size of the Fixed and Swing makes it dangerous to have it any wider.

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    tinted glass is becoming less and less availabl. When you put tinted glass in front of your tiles, it changes their look. We have found that people prefer a clear, unaltered view of their tiles. Tinted glass also shows up soap scum and calcium stains a lot more than clear glass.

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    The Law requires that only currently approved safety glass can be placed in shower screens. If the screen is older than 25 years then it most likely does not have safety glass. Some of the older screens have glass that has now been removed from the safety glass register, e.g. Diamond and Paraline. Amber glass is no longer available as the manufacturing process involved very toxic substances and was deemed to be too dangerous to produce.

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    Speedy Shower Screens no longer refits shower screens due to the many occasions that we have arrived to find the screen not suitable for refitting.


    • The glass must be current approved safety glass. It is illegal for a tradesman to install any screen that doesn’t have safety glass.

    • The shower recess must not have increased in size. If you have re-tiled, the tiles might be a different thickness. If you have a new base, the plumber may have recessed it further into the wall.

    • The glass and frame may require cutting down if the shower recess has decreased in size. Note that toughened glass cannot be cut.


    We recommend that you do not buy a second hand screen as the risks are extremely high that it cannot be installed in your shower recess. As stated above, Speedy Shower Screens no longer refits shower screens.



    • Clear laminated glass is 6.38mm thick.

    • Translucent laminated glass is 6.38mm thick.

    • Cathedral laminated glass is approximately 6mm thick.

    • The Optima Front is clear toughened glass 6mm thick.

    • The return panel on the Cornerless screen is 6mm thick.

    • The toughened glass on the 2 metre Fixed Panel is 10mm thick.

    • The toughened glass on the frameless bath screens is 6mm thick.

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    Speedy Shower Screens no longer refits shower screens due to the many occasions that we have arrived to find the screen not suitable for refitting.


    • The glass must be current approved safety glass. It is illegal for a tradesman to install any screen that doesn’t have safety glass.

    • The shower recess must not have increased in size. If you have re-tiled, the tiles might be a different thickness. If you have a new base, the plumber may have recessed it further into the wall.

    • The glass and frame may require cutting down if the shower recess has decreased in size. Note that toughened glass cannot be cut.


    We recommend that you do not buy a second hand screen as the risks are extremely high that it cannot be installed in your shower recess. As stated above, Speedy Shower Screens no longer refits shower screens.