Cast an eye over many renovated or new bathrooms in Adelaide and chances are you’ll see an abundance of frameless showers. These beautiful and stylish shower enclosures have remained on trend for many years and will continue to be highly sought after by homeowners and designers alike into the future.

You may have wondered, however, about the strength of the glass shower screens used in frameless showers. They certainly look delicate and somewhat fragile, but looks are deceiving. As this blog will explain, frameless showers are tougher than you might think and if you install them in your Adelaide home they’ll stand the test of time.

The beauty and strength of frameless showers

What makes the glass shower screens used in frameless showers appear delicate, when they’re tough and durable?

At the heart of the answer lies a product called toughened safety glass, a material renowned for its remarkable strength and durability. Toughened safety glass, also known as tempered glass, undergoes a meticulous manufacturing process to achieve its exceptional strength.

It begins as standard annealed glass, which is heated to high temperatures exceeding 600 degrees Celsius in what is called a tempering furnace. Once the glass reaches the point where it softens, it is rapidly cooled using powerful air jets, inducing internal compressive stresses while maintaining surface tension.

This rapid cooling process results in the formation of a toughened outer layer with enhanced strength and resistance to impact. The internal compression balances the tensile forces within the glass, making it less prone to breaking.

As a result, toughened safety glass exhibits a remarkable capacity to withstand sudden impacts and extreme pressure, making it an ideal choice for applications where safety and durability are paramount.

It’s also important to note that the glass used in frameless showers is thicker. At Adelaide Shower Screens, our standard frameless showers are made from 10mm toughened safety glass. Our semi-frameless showers feature 6mm glass while our fully framed showers use 4mm to 6mm glass.

Frameless showers combine style and safety

Toughened safety glass used in shower screens is tough and durable, but what happens if it does break? After all, accidents happen, particularly if you have younger children who often combine their shower or bath time with play time.

When toughened safety glass used in a shower screen breaks, it undergoes a unique fracture pattern designed to minimise the risk of injury to occupants. Unlike traditional annealed glass, which shatters into large, sharp-edged shards when broken, toughened safety glass fractures into small, relatively harmless fragments known as “dice” or “cubes.”

These smaller fragments are less likely to cause serious injury if they contact skin and help reduce the risk of lacerations or puncture wounds.

Embracing elegance with frameless showers

The strength, durability and safety of toughened safety glass is a distinct advantage, but let’s face it, that’s not why frameless showers are popular. Most Adelaide homeowners who choose frameless shower do so because of style.

Frameless showers are popular for their sleek, modern aesthetic and practical benefits. Their minimalist design creates a spacious and open feel in the bathroom, enhancing the overall ambiance. With no bulky frames to obstruct views, frameless showers allow natural light to flow freely, making the space appear larger and more inviting.

Additionally, frameless shower screens are easier to clean and maintain compared to framed alternatives, reducing the risk of mould, soap scum and water marks building up. Their timeless elegance and versatility in customisation further contribute to their popularity, offering homeowners a stylish and functional solution for their bathing needs.

To get a free measure and quote for a frameless shower for your Adelaide home, contact Adelaide Shower Screens today.

Additionally, frameless shower screens are easier to clean and maintain compared to framed alternatives, reducing the risk of mould, soap scum and water marks building up. Their timeless elegance and versatility in customisation further contribute to their popularity, offering homeowners a stylish and functional solution for their bathing needs.

To get a free measure and quote for a frameless shower for your Adelaide home, contact Adelaide Shower Screens today.

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