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Keeping Glass in Top Condition: A Guide


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Keeping Glass in Top Condition: A Guide

Hello! My name is Vince. Last year, I learnt a very important lesson - if you do not look after the glass in your home, it will not look after you. You see, I hadn't really inspected, cleaned or carried out any maintenance work on the glass windows and doors in my home. One day, during a storm, the glass in one of my windows shattered. I didn't know what to do. When I called in a glass contractor, he said that the glass had failed due to a hairline crack. He replaced the other pieces of glass in my home and gave me some advice about glass care.

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Tips When Customising a Glass Shower

If you're renovating your bathroom, one of the main components you need to think about is the shower. A glass shower provides a range of customisation options. Here are some tips to get the best result for your home.

Spaciousness

In a compact bathroom, you may want to minimise the effect of the shower so the bathroom appears more spacious. One way to do this is to install a frameless design. These models are connected with discrete hinges and brackets, and the glass is mainly free of metal. Thus, a bathroom seems larger, as the shower area isn't visually separated. Conversely, fully framed showers clearly separate the shower area. As such, the bathroom as a whole will seem smaller with two distinct zones.

Privacy

Transparent showers create a feeling of openness from both sides of the screen. While you're showering, you'll be less likely to feel hemmed-in by the clear glass. However, these screens don't create privacy while you're bathing.

If you want more seclusion, opt for a decorative glass style. For example, install frosted glass screens, which come in varying translucencies: some are almost opaque, and others are faintly frosted. You can also choose frosted etchings that harmonise with your bathroom design.

Another way to generate privacy is to use textured glass screens. These are moulded during manufacturing with a 3D contour. Alternatively, you could opt for toned glass in bronze, grey, green or blue.

Convenience

The shower door configuration will impact its convenience. A sliding door rolls to the side, not taking up excessive room. However, some sliding designs don't create a wide entryway to get into the shower.

An outward-swinging door makes it easy to access the shower as it creates a wide space, which is ideal for someone with mobility issues. However, the door will require floor area to swing open, and it can block others from using the bathroom simultaneously. A swinging door will also influence the bathroom design, as you need to factor in the required swinging space.

Upkeep

You should think about cleaning the shower screens. One common trouble spot in glass showers is the connection points where the metal hardware meets the glass. These areas create crevices that collect moisture and mould. For this reason, a frameless design is the easiest to clean, as it has the least hardware and thus fewer crevices. You can also opt for screens with a special coating that helps to keep them clean automatically. This coating goes under different names depending on the manufacturer.