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What Is a Shower Splash Guard?

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  • Last Modified Date: 04 December 2016
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A shower splash guard is a simple installation in bathrooms that prevents water from splashing out of a shower or tub. These items are commonly made of durable plastic or other materials and fastened to the corner of a tub space, or anywhere else that water tends to exit the installation. These are most commonly used on open tubs and showers, where bathroom installations with sliding doors will not need these accessories, since they are entirely closed.

One of the main purposes of a shower splash guard is to prevent certain kind of water damage. These relatively cheap items can save homeowners a lot of money if water leaving the tub is contributing to decay in nearby areas of the home. Addressing different kinds of water damage is one of the most important kinds of home maintenance, and simple accessories like the shower splash guard provide homeowners with easy solutions. The use of these products can eliminate the need to replace grout due to mildew or decay over time, which can be an expensive and time consuming project.

Another reason that homeowners tend to install items like shower splash guards is to keep floors dry. This not only adds to the convenience and comfort of a bathroom space, but provides more safety. Wet floors can present slip and fall issues, and cause some amount of liability in the home.

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The best shower splash guards provide for easy installation with simple -to -follow instructions. They are designed to fit unique spaces, and adequately cover the areas where water tends to escape. These can be made in attractive colors that fit an existing installation, or otherwise customized to complement a bathroom space. As an alternative, some shower splash guard models are made of transparent plastic so as not to obscure the view of the tub interior.

Splash guard models for showers and tubs also vary in other ways. Many of these come with caulking kits and are fastened to the tub edge with caulking material. Others may use less permanent fastening methods. Many of these products are tested for longevity and the ability to effectively reroute water, along with addressing any health and safety issues that they might cause in the home. Manufacturers may offer warranties or other assurances of effective use.

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