The Right Glass For Your Bathroom Shower Enclosure
Once you have decided on a style of shower enclosure that suits your bathroom’s style, there remain a number of factors that affect durability and overall quality of the glass. The type and strength of glass used will, in the long run, be more important considerations than aesthetics alone.
Tempered Glass Doors
The glass should be tempered. Period. Most shower enclosures have heat tempered glass, but be sure to check. The glass should also be at least 5 millimeters thick, but thicker is better.
Another important factor for glass is how many fragments the enclosure will break into if shattered. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the greater number of pieces glass breaks into, the safer it is.
This is because larger pieces are just as sharp, but can cause much more serious injuries given their weight. A 120x120mm piece should break into a minimum of 45 pieces, but remember this figure is a minimum, and you should aim for higher than this.
Framing Your Shower Enclosure
A square edge or corner of glass can be exceptionally sharp, so make sure the entire border of the enclosure is securely framed. Aluminum is preferred for its strength, and its malleability prevents it from cracking the glass if it is hit too hard.
Considering these factors when buying glass bathroom shower enclosures will ensure the piece is not only beautiful, but safe and durable as well. DirectBuy has beautiful and durable selections in shower enclosures and other bathroom remodeling products. Get what you need at confidential dealer pricing.