Below are the most frequently asked questions we've received about Glass, Mirrors, Tempering, lead times and general inquiries. Click on a question to view the reply details, and don't hesitate to call us if you have a question not listed here. Thank you!
Tempering is a heat treatment. What tempering does: Strengthens glass by 5 times. When tempered glass breaks, it shatters into countless small bits of glass, instead of large, sharp chards. This is why tempered glass is widely known as “Safety Glass”. After a piece of glass is put through the oven, and cooked at a blazing 1250 degrees, it becomes IMPOSSIBLE to alter, cut, or change in any way.
Tempering becomes mandatory when safety is in question. All shower enclosure glass must be tempered. Glass in any door must be tempered by law. Any window within 24″ of a door, or 24″ from the ground must be tempered. Dining Tables or Protective tops that may be exposed to heat or flame must be tempered. Outdoor Patio table glass must be tempered.
Yes there is. Laminated glass can be used in place of tempered glass in most cases. Laminated glass consists of a clear malleable material sandwiched between two thin pieces of glass, and then permanently bonded together. This process allows the glass to be broken, but will stay together 100%, just cracking is allowed. The cost is comparable to tempering.
No. Tempering is not available for mirror. The heat process would actually melt the silver material off of the back of the mirror, rendering it ruined and unusable. If safety is an issue, the mirror can have an adhesive vinyl backing applied
Generally, windows are either Single Strength (3/32″) or Double Strength (1/8″). Measuring is the only way to tell. If you have dual pane windows, you will need to remove the window and measure, or we can come out and measure with our “Laser”. We can also determine the type of glass, such as Low-E glass, etc.
No, unfortunately those are no longer made, and are unable to be replaced. Use care when removing these strips. If they break, you will need to tape off and use colored silicone in its place to match it as closely as possible.
No, Tempered glass is not alterable in any way.
Yes, we have a flat fee for delivery. If delivery is purchased, we will also pre-measure your job, and install it as well.
First, keep in mind that you won’t be standing directly up against the mirror, so there is no reason to have the mirror go all the way to the floor, except for decoration. If you can keep the mirror above the outlets as well, you can save a few bucks in the costs of labor. For visibility of the whole body, 6′ tall is normally sufficient. You can decide to go higher for aesthetic purposes ...
No, but we can refer you to someone reputable.
We highly recommend 100% pure silicone, aquarium grade silicone or food grade silicone. These can be purchased at any home or hardware store. This silicone will not harm the silver on the back of the mirror. DO NOT USE LIQUID NAILS ON MIRRORS. It will ruin your mirror.
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