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Crystal Clear: A Blog About The Wonderful World Of Glass

I first fell in love with glass when I was ten years old. My mother took me to see a wonderful recital where the pianist was playing a glass piano. I was mesmerised by the way the piano shone and sparkled as it reflected the stage lights. I could never have imagined such a glamorous object. Ever since then, i have been fascinated by different types of glass. From stained glass panels to one-way mirrors, my eyes will always notice the glass fixtures in a room first. Recently, I ate at a restaurant in Japan where the entire floor was made of patterned glass. Needless to say, I was too excited to eat! This blog is for those who are looking for glass items and glass lovers like myself. I hope it gives you a peek into the wonderful world of glass and the options out there. Please tread carefully.


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Crystal Clear: A Blog About The Wonderful World Of Glass

Why Choose Glass for Your Shower Enclosure?

by Ellen Jokinen

Shower enclosures and screens can be made from a wide range of materials these days. You could always choose a cheap shower curtain without going to the expense of a solid enclosure. Even though these tend to billow about when the hot water is running, they do a perfectly adequate job. However, many people still think that the best material for a high-quality shower enclosure is glass. What is it about glass shower screens that makes them such an attractive proposition to modern consumers?

The Look

To begin with, the appearance of shower screens is what most people are interested in, whether they are looking for a dedicated enclosure or a screen for an over-the-bath shower fitting. Something that will be in keeping with the rest of the bathroom's interior décor style is not always easy to track down, however. That said, with a glazed shower enclosure, you don't have to worry at all. The eye simply passes straight through the glazing to whatever lies beyond. It is their virtual invisibility that makes them so straightforward to coordinate with the rest of the room's fixtures and fittings. In other words, no bathroom style is unsuited to them.

Safety Standards

Although some people worry about shower screens that are made from a delicate material, like glass, they needn't be. This is because all high-quality glazed enclosures and screens should be made to the Australian standards that cover toughened glass. This means that even if you were unfortunate to slip over in your shower and bang your head against the screen, it would not splinter or cover you in shards. These products are made within very demanding quality control processes, so you should rest assured of your complete safety.

Ease of Maintenance

Glass is easy to clean. Compared to many other materials that get exposed to moisture, they take very little maintenance whatsoever. Glass can be wiped down in seconds after use, and using a squeegee to do so will mean avoiding unsightly streaks after the bathroom dries out. If you compare that to plastic curtains or other types of shower screen, then you will soon understand why so many people prefer glazed ones. Remember that the benefit of having a surface that is easy to keep clean means that one of the chief properties of glass, allowing light to pass through unhindered, is maintained. You won't see a build-up of mildew or any spores if you keep your enclosure in mint condition, either.