Have you ever accidently walked into your shower screen glass, banged your screen against the vanity or accidently slammed your shower screen so hard you thought it would break? Hopefully – and more than likely – it didn’t and that’s because the glass used for shower screens is tough. How tough? Let’s find out.

The strength of shower screen glass

Don’t let the sleek appearance of shower screen glass fool you. It’s tough. In fact, it’s so tough that the glass that is used is called toughened safety glass, which makes it far more resilient than regular glass.

Toughened safety glass is a material that’s specifically designed to withstand the rigours of daily use in a bathroom environment. The process of toughening involves heating the glass to high temperatures and then rapidly cooling it. This alters the internal structure of the glass, making it much stronger than ordinary, untreated glass.

Shower screen glass is:

Tough

Shower screen glass is approximately four to five times stronger than standard glass of the same thickness. This increased strength means that it can withstand significant impacts and stresses without breaking.

Safe

Shower screen glass int just tough; its also safe. Unlike regular glass, which shatters into sharp, dangerous shards, toughened safety glass crumbles into small, blunt pieces. This dramatically reduces the risk of injury if the glass does break.

Temperature Tolerant

More resistant to temperature changes, making it ideal for the steamy, variable environment of a bathroom. It can handle the rapid temperature fluctuations from hot showers to cooler room temperatures without cracking.

The above means shower screen glass can endure the everyday bumps and knocks that are inevitable in a busy household. Dropping a shampoo bottle, walking into the glass, minor slams of the door and bumping against other objects are unlikely to cause any significant damage.

Durable, yes. Invincible, no

While safety glass is certainly durable and tough, it’s not invincible. Here are a few scenarios where even toughened glass can be damaged:

Severe impact

While it can withstand moderate bumps, a severe impact from a heavy object or a strong force can still cause the glass to break. For example, dropping a heavy tool or hitting the glass with a forceful blow could exceed the glass’s capacity to absorb the impact.

Poorly installed

If the glass is not properly installed or supported, it will be more vulnerable to damage. Poorly fitted screens can shift or develop stress points, which over time, can lead to cracks or breakage.

Extreme Temperature Changes

Although toughened glass is resistant to temperature changes, extreme and sudden temperature differences can still cause problems. For instance, spraying cold water on a glass panel heated by direct sunlight can lead to thermal shock, potentially causing the glass to weaken or crack.

Chipped edges

The edges of toughened glass are the most vulnerable parts. If the edges are chipped or damaged during installation or use, the entire pane can become compromised, leading to cracks or breakage over time.

 

Shower screen glass maintenance and care tips

To ensure your shower screen glass remains in excellent condition, follow these maintenance and care tips:

Cleaning

Use non-abrasive cleaners and soft cloths to clean the glass regularly. Avoid harsh chemicals and rough materials that could scratch or weaken the surface.

Avoid severe impacts

As highlighted, shower screen glass can take moderate bumps, but a strong force can break it. This is why heavy objects are best kept out of the bathroom. Shampoo bottles are okay; hammers, crowbars not so much. And find another spot to bicep curl those dumbbells!

Regular checks

Occasionally checking the hardware and fittings is a good idea to ensure they are secure. Loose or damaged fittings can cause the glass to shift and develop stress points.

Installed by professionals

Ensure your shower screen is installed by professionals who understand the importance of proper fitting and support.

The last point is easy to ensure if you live in the Adelaide area, because all you need to do is get Adelaide Shower Screens on the job.

With our expert fitting and installation, we’re able to guarantee our workmanship and provide a 10-year guarantee on all materials. 

 

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