Here’s something to ponder next time you’re having a shower. If the glass in your shower screens did break, it will shatter into cube-like granules. 

We’ll explain why this is and a bit more about the glass that makes this possible, in this blog.

Shower screens made from toughened glass

To comply with Australian Standards AS 1288/2006, all shower screens supplied and fitted in Adelaide and indeed Australian homes should be made from toughened or tempered glass. 

As the name implies, toughened glass is tough. In fact, it’s at least five times stronger than normal glass. However, toughness isn’t the only quality of your shower screen glass. It’s also designed to crumble into cube-like pieces when it does break. Why? Simply because this is a lot safer than breaking into shards. You may well cut your feet if your shower screen did shatter, but this is a whole lot better than what could happen if normal glass was used.

Which brings us to a very important point. While all new shower screens should be made using toughened glass, not all suppliers and installers are reputable and they may use an inferior glass. Ask your supplier what type of glass they will use and if you’re not confident with their response, walk away.

In addition, if your shower screens are 30 years old or more, chances are they aren’t made from toughened glass and may use regular glass. This isn’t safe, so the wise and safe thing to do is have your shower screens replaced.

How is toughened shower screen glass made?

Shower screens aren’t the only place you’ll find toughened glass. You’ll also find it in other areas of the home, such as in stove tops, cookware, balustrades and glass table tops. You’ll also find toughened glass in vehicles, glass roofing and pool fences, for similar safety reasons.

Toughened glass is made by heating glass to a high temperature, then cooling it quickly with compressed air. This process forces the outside of the glass to compress while the inside remains free to float, creating tension on the inside of the glass and creating toughened glass.

 

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Toughened shower screen glass can still break!

It’s important to note that just because it is toughened, it doesn’t mean that it can’t break. A small chip or crack in your shower screen glass can disturb its surface tension and can cause it to implode at any time, without warning.

While this isn’t dangerous because of the nature of toughened glass, it will certainly give you a shock if you are in your bathroom or shower at the time. So, if you do notice any damage to your glass, get it replaced as soon as you can.

Shower screens made from toughened glass

To comply with Australian Standards AS 1288/2006, all shower screens supplied and fitted in Adelaide and indeed Australian homes should be made from toughened or tempered glass. 

As the name implies, toughened glass is tough. In fact, it’s at least five times stronger than normal glass. However, toughness isn’t the only quality of your shower screen glass. It’s also designed to crumble into cube-like pieces when it does break. Why? Simply because this is a lot safer than breaking into shards. You may well cut your feet if your shower screen did shatter, but this is a whole lot better than what could happen if normal glass was used.

Which brings us to a very important point. While all new shower screens should be made using toughened glass, not all suppliers and installers are reputable and they may use an inferior glass. Ask your supplier what type of glass they will use and if you’re not confident with their response, walk away.

In addition, if your shower screens are 30 years old or more, chances are they aren’t made from toughened glass and may use regular glass. This isn’t safe, so the wise and safe thing to do is have your shower screens replaced.

Adelaide Shower Screens only uses Australian Standard Glass

At Adelaide Shower Screens, we never take shortcuts that could jeopardise your safety. That’s why we only use glass for our shower screens that comply with the Australian Standard AS 1288/2006. We’ll provide a certificate of compliance to prove it!

In addition, we never take shortcuts that could lead to an inferior installation. This is why we only use fully trained, qualified and highly skilled glaziers and installers.

Combined, it’s why we can offer a 10-year guarantee on all hardware and materials.

Phone Adelaide Shower Screens on 08 7111 0000, contact us via our email or click through to our contact form to find out more.