Australia is in a DIY boom. The do-it-yourself approach was going strong before COVID and grew quickly during the pandemic, as more people had time on their hands and occasionally couldn’t get tradespeople during lockdowns.

These days you can walk into a store and buy kitchens, vanities and other furniture in flatpack boxes put them in your boot and take them home for DIY assembly and fitting. You can even buy a rowboat in a flatpack – we looked, it’s a thing!

So, should you buy glass shower screens for your Adelaide home and assemble them yourself?

Off the shelf v custom shower screens

Visit your local hardware store to shop for shower screens and you’ll find a range of options.

We looked at a popular hardware provider and they had over 30 different shower screens available to purchase. Fully framed, semi-frameless and frameless glass shower screens, different sizes to choose from, different opening systems and even, in some cases, a range of frame and hardware colours.

If you major driving factor is budget, then off the shelf can be a good option. The major saving will come from labour costs – that’s your sweat and toil and, hopefully, skills. You could pay someone to do the install for you, but that’s likely to defeat the purpose.  So, why would you choose custom glass shower screens?

One of the most obvious advantages is that the shower screens will be made to your exact requirements. They’ll be made to fit the layout, size and shape of your bathroom, even those little inconsistences that are present in most renovations and even new builds. You
can also choose from fully framed, semi-frameless or frameless, choose from any colour option your supplier offers, and choose from a range of hardware to suit your bathroom’s style.

If you go with a reputable supplier and installer, you’re likely to end up with a better result. A better product and a better installation. Something you’ll likely appreciate long after you’ve forgotten how much your shower screens cost.

It’s also worth remembering that if you choose a reputable supplier you’ll also have better peace of mind. For example, Adelaide Shower Screens only uses fully trained, qualified and highly skilled installers, only supply Australian Standard glass, have a 10-year guarantee on all hardware and materials, and have full damage and public liability insurance.

Low-cost shower screens.

If budget is key to your shower screens and you recognise that custom is the way to go, then the biggest factor in the cost is likely to be whether you choose framed or frameless. 

Framed shower screens are cheaper to supply, primarily because they don’t require glass as thick as frameless screens. They are also cheaper to install. So, they’re a great budget option.

If your budget can stretch a little further, semi-frameless is worth considering. They’re a little more expensive than full frames but also cheaper to install than frameless. They’re a good middle-of-the-road option.