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Hate shower doors? Try this - a watertight shower curtain.

Close up view of the StayDry seal formed with the shower curtain and the wallAbout six months ago, I tested out a product for StayDry Systems, called a Deluxe Shower Curtain Kit.  

This is a solution for people that don't like water splashing out of their shower curtain and rotting their sub-floor and walls.  While a standard shower door would accomplish this, some people (like my better half) are opposed to shower doors because they don't like the look of them.

It's a pretty simple system; it's a pair of rubber tubes that slip in to sleeves on a washable shower curtain, and wall channels for the tubes to push in to.

Pros:

  • Very easy to install.  I installed this kit while my three-year-old son was in the tub.  It took me about ten minutes to put this up, and the only tool I needed was a pair of scissors.
  • Very effective.  This product does exactly what it says it will do - it keeps water from getting out of the shower.  You simply push the ends of the shower curtain in to the wall channels, and it forms a great seal at the wall.  I tested this by taking a shower and pointing the shower head directly at the wall / curtain intersection for a while.  Not a drop leaked out.

Cons:

  • The wall channels are a little unsightly, but if you use a decorative shower curtain over the waterproof curtain and you keep the curtain closed, it won't make any difference.
  • It's more work to use than a shower door.  My three-year-old would have no trouble opening and closing a shower door by himself, but there's no way he could seal up this system effectively.  For adults, it works fine.
Deluxe Shower Curtain Kit installed at Reuben's house
Deluxe Shower Curtain Kit installed at Reuben's house

Summary

This is a great product.  I've been using it in my house for about six months now, I love it, my wife loves it, and I've recommended it several times.

I wish I would have had this product for my last house.  I had a shower that really could have used a shower door, but space constraints made a shower door impossible.  This would have been a perfect solution.  If you want to use your existing shower curtain and you don't need to have both ends of the shower curtain sealed, this company also offers a basic shower curtain sealer.

ps - no, this isn't a commercial or paid advertisement.  I just thought this would be a perfect blog for Jay's new group here on AR.

pps - no, the walls in my son's bathroom aren't still yellow.

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections

        

Comment balloon 13 commentsReuben Saltzman • October 15 2011 08:10AM

Comments

Reuben: I'm going to have to check this out because after my daughters take a shower now (with a standard curtain), the bathroom floor generally looks like the aftermath of a tsunami.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Andrew Capelli (Hill Elementary) over 6 years ago

Reuben, sounds great. Is this a sticky backed surface to attach the wall channel? Does the tube inside the curtain come out for washing the curtain? Just wondering as to how this can be cleaned if it starts getting mildew on curtain or wall channel.  Would the wall channels be easy to remove?  Great info to know.  Thanks

Posted by Leslie G. Rojohn, GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty (MoonDancer Realty) over 6 years ago

Reuben....I could have used this at times too.  I have the same questions as Leslie though!

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com) over 6 years ago

Reuben,

Very cool. Like you say that would be great for those application when a door will not work or you do not want one.

Do they make one for showers only (no tub)?

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Reuben,

Great info to pass along. We always need solutions for the bath and this is a good one. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 6 years ago

Reuben, this is an interesting option for people who do not like shower doors.  I will keep it in mind for clients who are looking for another option.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Andrew - that's the same reason I tried this thing out.  Great for kids.

Leslie - Yes, it's a sticky backed wall wall channel, and it easily comes off the wall.  The tubes easily slip out of the curtain liner for cleaning, however, it's some kind of special anti-microbial shower curtain, and I haven't had to clean it yet.

Christine - they thought of everything :)

Donald - yes, there is a smaller version made just for shower stalls.

Steve - thanks!

Chris - it's funny how many people won't have anything to do with a shower door.  Personally, I'll take 'emor leave 'em.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 6 years ago

That's a nice-looking system Reubs!  And you installed it while playing with a rubber duckie, making an abominable bubble man, singing and adding hot water to the tub?  Wow, you're good!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay - I was also on the phone, eating a sandwich, and riding a unicycle at the same time.  Just keeping it real.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 6 years ago

Your post made me remember bath time with my kids - they were really fun for me, creating bubble monsters of the children, singing and being generally uproarious.  I also played with the toys too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Yeah, we're definitely still at that point... lots of fun :)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 6 years ago

Wouldn't the sandwich get soggy? lol

With the decorative shower curtain covering the channel, I think I can live with it. Thanks for sharing!

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