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March Is National Women’s Health Month

When it comes to making decisions about renovating the bathroom – like whether you should get install a clear glass shower enclosure or simply add glass shower panels to an existing tub and shower configuration – it is usually a woman calling the shots.

The folks at Contractor magazine reported on a survey conducted by Service Magic, saying, “Women and home-improvement contractors agree that the woman in the household is the primary decision-maker when it comes to managing home-improvement projects.”

Survey Says!

What’s really interesting about this particular survey is the different responses from homeowners and contractors.

When they asked men, the survey found:

  • 30% of them said they make the decisions.
  • Only 8% admitted that women are usually the primary decision-makers.

The women, on the other hand, saw things differently, as the survey found:

  • 25% of them said that women call the shots.
  • Once again, a minority of 8% said their counterparts, in this case the guys, were the primary decision-makers

What about the rest of the folks surveyed?

  • 65% of them said that they make decisions together.

You noticed some discrepancies between what the men and women said. But just wait until you see how the contractors responded!

Contractor magazine reports that, when the contractors that homeowners work with on their renovation projects were asked the same question, they had much different results:

  • 17% of contractors said that the man makes the decisions.
  • 28% of them said that the decisions are made by the couples acting as a team.
  • But a whopping 55% of contractors said that woman are calling the shots.

Rodney Rice, who is the co-CEO of the company that conducted the survey – ServiceMagic, told Contractor magazine, “This is a very telling survey. There is a gap between perception and reality within the household.”

We haven’t had any real problems (maybe because it’s so easy to agree on the beauty and style of our frameless glass balcony railings and glass shower enclosures) but we have heard that some contractors get caught in the middle, when the man thinks he is making the decisions and so does the woman.

But we don’t need a survey to tell us how important women are to the success of our business. We are grateful to all the women who have chosen to install our glass shower enclosures, seamless glass railings and custom mirrors in their homes. And we encourage all of your to check in with your doctors regularly and take good care of your health.

Glass Panels in the Kitchen

It’s true, most people associate clear glass with shower enclosures in the bathroom, or maybe even frameless glass balcony railings. But glass panels can also work beautifully in your kitchen.

With the pandemic, we have all been eating at home more. A lot more. And that, of course, means that we are all spending more time in our kitchens. (Even if it is only to grab some silverware or get the ketchup out of the frig.) 

Not surprisingly, many people are noticing that their kitchen could use a little updating. The good news is that you don’t have to embark on a complete kitchen renovation project. For a lot less money – and in a lot less time – you can give your kitchen a whole new look and feel by freshening up the look of your kitchen cabinets.

 

Kitchen Cabinet Updates

When it comes to freshening up the look of your kitchen, you have several options: 

  1. Glass-fronted cabinet doors.
    • Of course, here at Florida State Glass and Mirror, we love this option. But we are not the only ones. As HGTV notes in its write up on glass kitchen cabinet doors, “There are many benefits to adding glass doors to your kitchen cabinets, the first of which is obvious: you’ll be able to see what’s in your cabinets. This offers a stylish touch that allows you to show off attractive glassware and dinnerware,” the say. And remember, you don’t have to convert all of your cabinet doors, so you can still have plenty of storage space for things you might not want on display.
  2. Painted cabinets
    • An even easier and more affordable way to change things up in your kitchen is by painting your cabinets. You can try for something simple and fresh, like all white cabinets or explore the popular trend of using a darker color for your bottom cabinets and a lighter color above.
  3. New hardware
    • You might not pay much attention to the drawer pulls and the handles on your cabinet doors, but you would be surprised by how much of a difference installing new hardware can make – especially if you pair the metal used in your new hardware with a new kitchen faucet.

If you would like some ideas about updating your bathroom, too, we would love to show you how much of a difference a new clear glass shower enclosure or frameless shower doors will make!

A Clear Look at the History of Glass: Part 1

Here at Florida State Glass and Mirror, we owe a debt of gratitude to the Mesopotamians. Without their ingenuity, which gave us not only glass but also the first form of writing and the wheel among many other things, we would not be able to offer you our beautiful clear glass shower enclosures or frameless glass balcony railings

We don’t know exactly how the Mesopotamians managed to develop a method for making glass, but we are awfully glad they did! 

The Early Chapters in the History of Glass

While many questions remain about the introduction of glass, Historians think that the discovery was first made about 4,000 years ago – maybe more – in Mesopotamia! “Scholars believe that the ability to make glass developed over a long period of time from experiments with a mixture of silica-sand or ground quartz pebbles – and an alkali,” the experts at the Corning Museum of Glass tell us. 

“Other high heat industries, including ceramics and metalworking, could have inspired early glassmakers. Perhaps the development of glass began with potters firing their wares. Could the first glass have been colorful, hard, shiny decoration fused to a clay pot’s surface in the heat of the furnace? No one knows,” they say.

What we do know is that Pliny the Elder, a Roman military commander, author and philosopher who died in 79 AD, got it wrong. He credited the Phoenicians with the discovery of glass. The Phoenicians may have been superb sailors, who came up with a set of letters that would eventually become the alphabet we use today, but they were not the first to make glass, as Pliny would have us believe.

According to the Corning Museum of Glass, Pliny said that Phoenician sailors accidentally discovered glass when they made a cooking fire on the beach. “Though this is an interesting explanation, this scenario is not possible since a cooking fire cannot reach the melting temperature of glass, and the story most likely involved Ptolemais because its beach sand was historically known to be heavily used for glassmaking,” they say.

It may not seem like much compared to the ancient Mesopotamians and Phoenicians, but here at Florida State Glass and Mirror, we are very proud of our history as a family-owned and operated business with more than 20 years of experience working with high-quality glass products, including glass shower panels and glass railings.