If you are looking to replace your shower door or building your new bathroom and installing a glass shower enclosure, it can be difficult to decide what type of glass is best for the job. Should you use tempered glass? Toughened glass? Double-walled clear Low-E coated safety glass?
Here’s an article that will help you decide which type of window is best for your unique situation!
There are four types of glass that you can use for your shower enclosure:
Many people assume tempered glass is the best choice, but this type of glass only comes in a limited number of shapes and sizes. Tempered glass is recommended for use in areas of high impact and heavy traffic.
Tempered glass can be broken into small pieces without sharp edges that could hurt someone, making it more kid-friendly than other options. And because tempered glass breaks into smaller shards, it’s easier to clean up after a breakage.
However, this type of shower enclosure does not insulate well or create an optimal seal against water leaks – both things you want if your shower room is located near the house’s living space or if there are children around!
Toughened Window Panes
Toughened window panes have higher strength than tempered windows, while clear acrylic panels will not be durable or strong. The best option for people who need reliable insulation and a tight seal with their sliding door unit (or anyone looking to reduce noise)!
Toughened window panes are available with either clear or frosted glass. If you’re in an environment that’s warm year-round, it might be a better option to go with frosting for your shower room because the film will blur out any view from the outside while still letting light through.
Clear acrylic panels are less expensive than toughened window panes and need no additional installation cost – they simply slide over the top of most existing doors!
The downside is seeing who’s on the other side of the closed-door – which could lead to security concerns if there aren’t curtains installed as well. And these types of showers do not insulate very well, so keep that in mind when deciding where to put them!
Double Walled Low-e Glass
Double-walled low-E coated safety glasses offer increased protection from heat and UV light without sacrificing visibility. It is made from two pieces of glass, sandwiched together with a layer of air between the inner and outer pane.
The upside is they are less expensive than other types because they can be created using tempered or Low-E coated windows. The downside is that some people may not like the look – if you have to hang curtains, it will also take up more space in your shower room!
Laminated glass, also known as reinforced safety glasses, is the most expensive option for a shower enclosure.
You should choose the right type of glass according to your personal preferences and budget.
If cost isn’t an issue, then go ahead and get the best high-quality laminate glass or double-walled low-E coated safety glass.
These types can be broken into pieces, but tempered glass is more likely to break in large shards than other options, which makes it more dangerous when shattered due to its sharper edges. To avoid injuries from flying debris, use caution when using any type of tempered glass.