Monday, July 1, 2013
Waterproof shower liners play an important role in keeping moisture in the bathing area and out of places where water doesn't belong. Most people are keenly aware of this fact and grab the most affordable liner when moving into a new place, changing the décor of the bathroom, or replacing an older liner because of mold and mildew stains.
Regardless of budget, there are many alternatives when choosing a liner that adds the comfort and style to compliment your bath area. Take time to be informed of the options you have and be prepared!
Inside the shower, a higher-quality liner can provide softer comfort and a stylish look to make you feel like you are in your own private spa. Upscale hotels know this and provide heavier-gauge, and often fabric-based shower liners for their guests so that they feel luxurious while bathing.
So what are the first steps? There is a tried and true mantra among professional building contractors, which is “measure twice – cut once”. The same is true when choosing a liner that provides a tailored look and the moisture protection you need that covers not only the major splash areas but also the entire tub area. So make sure to measure your tub length to obtain the correct width. Next, shower rod height can vary depending on whether the rod was installed per code, or is just a remnant of a previous DYI project. When you take the time to measure before you purchase you can be confident that the coverage is sufficient and the liner can do its job and look good at the same time. Most shower curtains are 70 inches wide by 72 inches long. Liners usually conform to the same specifications, but a higher-end liner will allow extra width to allow coverage for both straight and curved shower rods.
High-quality online liner retailers offer a variety of sizes and gauges and have customer service representatives to assist you in case you don’t see your size or have questions regarding a custom size. These e-tailers often have a better selection of choices than the local department store.
What determines a high-quality liner and what features are most important? High-quality liners are generally made of either heavy-gauge vinyl or treated fabric. For maximum protection against moisture outside of the bathing area, weighted hems, magnetic inserts, and rust-resistant grommets should be a primary goal when choosing a liner. In addition, a liner that is treated with anti-microbial agents will help to resist mold and mildew. Another mantra that is true for liners is that you get what you pay for. An investment in a high-end liner that protects the area outside of the shower area and is washable will provide years of loyal service.
So be informed and shop confidently – there are many choices when choosing a shower liner but only a select few that offer style and comfort that can create the perfect shower experience.
by: Palmetto Linen