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How Do You Define Glass?

Here at Florida State Glass and Mirror, we’re not only experts in the creation and installation of clear glass shower enclosures, frameless glass balcony railings and frameless glass shower doors, we are also fans of glass itself!

 When you spend as much time as we do around glass you develop a true appreciation for this amazing and amazingly beautiful material. The more you know about glass, the more you, too, will come to appreciate glass.

What Is Glass?

Sure, we all know what glass is. It’s the stuff that our windows, drinking glasses and seamless shower enclosures are made of. Those are all examples of ways that glass is used, but the question of what it is still remains to be answered.  

  • According to the folks at Chemistry Explained, “Glass is a state of matter. It is a solid produced by cooling molten material so that the internal arrangement of atoms, or molecules, remains in a random or disordered state, similar to the arrangement in a liquid. Such a solid is said to be amorphous or glassy.”

 

“Without glass, the world would be unrecognizable,” Douglas Main, writing for The Atlantic, said, “It’s in the eyeglasses on your face, the lightbulbs in your room, and the windows that let you see outside. But despite its ubiquity, there’s still some debate within the research community about how to define ‘glass.’

 That’s right, despite the fact that glass is just about everywhere, there is no definitive way to define exactly what it is. “Unanswered questions abound, like what makes one type of glass stronger than another, or why certain mixtures produce their unique optical or structural properties. Add to this the nearly infinite varieties of glass—one database lists over 350,000 types of currently known glass, though in principle the number of mixtures is limitless—and you get a surprisingly large and active field of research that regularly produces astounding new products.” Main writes. “Glass has shaped the world more than any other substance, and in many sneaky ways, it’s the defining material of the human era.”

 Fortunately, you don’t need a degree in chemistry to appreciate the beauty and functionality of clear glass shower panels and frameless glass railings. We’ll be honest, we’re not chemists, either, but we do have a wealth of professional expertise when it comes to stylish frameless glass balcony railings and frameless shower enclosures. Contact us if you would like to know more.

Creative Colors for Your Bathroom

So, you decided it’s time. Time to try something new in the bathroom. Why not? You spend a good chunk of your life there, so why not invest a little time and money in a colorful upgrade. If you have a glass shower enclosure, a fresh new color on the walls or vanity can really make a statement.

What to Look for When Choosing Paint for Your Bathroom

Designers from HGTV always have great ideas and they don’t disappoint when it comes to offering bathroom paint color ideas:

  • Misty Gray

This color is very popular now and for a reason. It complements so many different looks and designs. It looks good with almost anything, including white and silver tones. Changing walls to gray is an easy way to create an elegant, modern look.

  • Navy

A saturated color, like navy blue, can add interesting contrast to an all-white bathroom. “The classic blue hue adds drama and contrast to any airy space and looks handsome with all metal finishes,” HGTV’s experts say. 

  • Sage Green

This earthy color is serene and soothing and it pairs great with natural, light tones, according to HGTV. 

  • Coral

“The fresh and flamboyant coral hue brings personality and warmth,” HGTV says. Their designers suggest mixing it with contrasting mosaic tiles and brass hardware – which will be appreciated all the more with frameless glass shower doors.

  • Yellow

Sunny and bright, this color will always lift your spirits. Just imagine waking up to a cheerful yellow room!

  • Denim Blue

The suggestion from the pros at HGTV is to use this warm shade of blue to highlight your bathroom’s best features. 

No matter what color you choose, a clear glass shower enclosure or frameless shower doors will let you enjoy it all the more. Call us at (561) 997-6990, or contact us online for more information.

Shattering the Glass in Hollywood

Have you ever seen a movie and watched an actor walk or fall through glass and remain uninjured? Don’t get any ideas! The glass they use for stunts in the movies either isn’t the same as the glass in your windows or glass shower panels. Special effects specialists and stunt coordinators have a few tricks up their sleeves to create movie magic with glass. 

Breaking Into the Movies 

Old-time Hollywood tricks and new technology make it safe for actors to break through glass barriers. Here’s how they do it:

  • Sugar Glass has been used in movies since Hollywood’s early days. It looks like glass but tastes like candy! It’s also not dangerous for actors and actresses to work with. It’s made by dissolving sugar in water and heating it. Adding corn syrup prevents the sugar from recrystallizing. Cream of tartar is part of the mix, too. It helps by turning the sugar into glucose and fructose. Unfortunately, it will become soft and lose its breakable quality if not used soon after preparation. The reason it’s used less often nowadays is because more stable materials were created.
  • Tempered or Toughened Glass, as Jason Hilton, a stunt coordinator, explains on quora.com is a good choice when a director wants a window to shatter into tiny pieces or pebbles, like when a gun is fired into it. Instead of a bullet, Hilton says, on the set they will use a glass popper to shatter the glass. ”A glass popper ( Glass Breakers / Poppers ) is basically a nail in a tube that is forced into the glass, shattering it, and can be powered pneumatically or with a squib,” Hilton says. 
  • Breakaway Glass is the way to go if the director wants the glass to break into shards instead of pebbles. “Breakaway glass ( Film Production Equipment | Breakaway Glass | Thomas FX) is an alternative material that is designed to break and shatter to produce shards that, while pointy, have a much lower chance of causing injury than real glass,” Hilton says.

 

But the material used is only part of the way moviemakers ensure safety when using glass. “Regardless of the method and material employed, significant planning and safety considerations go into the execution of stunts and effects that involve glass breaking,” Hilton says.

Sugar glass and breakaway glass are found pretty exclusively on movie sets, but tempered glass is used in many applications. Because of the way it breaks, tempered glass is less likely to injure a person, which makes it an excellent choice for car windows as well as frameless glass shower doors, bathtub enclosures, sliding doors, windows, skylights, glass facades, frameless glass balconies and many more. Even the glass panels around hockey rinks in some sports arenas are made of tempered glass. In other words, it’s tough, strong and stable. 

If you would like to install frameless balcony glass railing, frameless shower doors, glass frameless shower doors, glass shower panels, or shower enclosure glass using the safest glass possible, call us at (561) 997-6990 or contact us online.

The History of Glass Making: Mesopotamia

The technology involved in creating beautiful clear glass shower enclosures and frameless glass railings has advanced from the earliest days of glass making.  

No one is sure about who first figured out how to make glass or why they did it. “However,” as the experts at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York explain in their discussion of the origins of glassmaking, “it is generally believed that glassmaking was discovered 4,000 years ago, or more, in Mesopotamia.” 

The Ancient Equivalent of Silicon Valley

If you were paying attention dur your history classes in school, you might remember that Mesopotamia is known as the Cradle of Civilization. 

“In what the Greeks later called Mesopotamia, Sumerians invented new technologies and perfected the large-scale use of existing ones. In the process, they transformed how humans cultivated food, built dwellings, communicated and kept track of information and time,” the experts at History.com tell us.

In Mesopotamia as it is today, it appears that necessity was the mother of invention. A lack of natural resources forced the ancient Sumerians to get creative and, in the process, as History.com says, they “built a civilization that in some ways was the ancient equivalent of Silicon Valley.”

We don’t know what historians of the future will say when they look back on the technological innovation that has come out of Silicon Valley, but we do have historical perspective on the Sumerians of Mesopotamia. In fact, History.com quotes the late historian Samuel Noah Kramer who wrote, “The people of Sumer had an unusual flair for technological invention.”

That might be a bit of an understatement! In addition to glass, the list of inventions that came out of Mesopotamia includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Writing
  • Chariots
  • The Plow
  • Metallurgy
  • Mathematics
  • Textile Mills
  • Hydraulic Engineering 
  • Mass-Produced Clay Products, including Pottery and Bricks  

 

If necessity is inspiring you to create something new – like a beautiful new bathroom featuring frameless glass shower doors – or if you would like to chat more about the history of glass, contact us

Take Luxury to the Next Level with Glass Shower Panels

Frameless glass shower doors are a great and stylish way to update any bathroom. They are modern and practical and add a sense of instant luxury.

If you are planning a bathroom renovation and want to create a luxurious, spa-like atmosphere there are other features that you may also want to consider in your planning process. One thing that always makes a space feel luxurious is space. In most cases, you will just have to work with what you have, but if you have an extra room that is being underutilized and if your budget will stretch to cover it, you might want to think about expanding the footprint of your new bathroom. 

The Luxe Treatment

Clear glass shower enclosures and extra space are not your only options when it comes to creating a luxurious bathroom. The folks at Better Homes & Gardens offer some great suggestions for fulfilling your dream of a luxury bathroom. Here are a few of our favorites:  

  • Showerheads

A small showerhead is not what you want for your luxury bathroom. These days you have lots of options, including rain showers and steam showers. You should also consider which finishes will highlight your design. 

  • Mirrors

An elegant mirror is a must in a luxury bathroom. You can have a fixed mirror and a couple of flanked mirrors that will allow you to see yourself from multiple angles. Wall-mount lights at each side of the mirror at about eye level, with a third light above the mirror, will illuminate your face from both sides and above, removing shadows. Get a mirror with quality optics. It will always tell you that you are “the fairest of them all.”

  • Faucets

The easiest way to change your bathroom look is a faucet. Make it contemporary or minimalistic, but let it stand out on its own.

  • A Bouquet of Fresh Flowers

Luxury doesn’t necessarily equate to expensive. For example, fresh flowers in a lovely vase will emphasize the beauty of any room, including your bathroom. 

Of course, frameless shower doors are still one of the easiest ways to instantly evoke a sense of luxury in your bathroom. And we aren’t the only ones who think they are beautiful. Frameless glass shower doors – and frameless glass balcony railings – remain a top trend this year. If you aren’t sure what would work in your home, contact us. We would be happy to discuss your options.

Bathroom Remodeling Projects Are at the Top of America’s List

There are lots of different ways you can incorporate frameless glass railings and panels into the décor of your home. The most popular, by far, however is in the bathroom where a clear glass shower enclosure can help to create just the look and feel you are going for. 

In fact, we think that the popularity – and the beauty – of frameless glass shower enclosures is part of what is driving a trend that the folks over at Home Advisor have identified.  

The State of Home Spending Report

Every year, Home Advisor puts together a report that looks at the money we are spending remodeling, maintaining, fixing and upgrading our homes. Among the highlights from the most recent State of Home Spending report is that bathroom remodeling projects are the most popular home improvement project.

The report was published in June of 2019. That means it reflects a world where no one had ever heard of Covid-19. Home Advisor hasn’t put out a report in 2020 – at least not yet. It’s not surprising, given the current situation. We will definitely be looking forward to their future reporting, though. With all of us spending so much more time at home this year, we’re guessing that the interest in home renovation and repair projects has been on the rise. 

“The spending patterns that characterize how we service and customize our homes represent a distinct and valuable area of the economy. Our homes are typically our biggest purchases, our most valuable assets, and our largest source of savings. At the same time, homes are deeply intimate places in a non-economic sense. They’re where we spend most of our time — where we grow our families, raise kids, age, retire, study and recreate,” Home Advisor’s report says.

Kitchen remodeling traditionally reigned supreme, it is only recently that bathroom remodeling has risen to the top of homeowners’ wish list. If it is at the top of your list and you are interested in including a clear glass shower enclosure or frameless glass shower doors one of the highlights of your new bathroom, we hope you will contact us!

Lighten Up with Glass Railings

It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about residential, office or commercial space – one of the features that almost always features at the top of everyone’s wish list is natural light. Seamless glass railings are a great way to let more natural light into your space. Even glass shower panels can help more light shine through. 

The desire for natural light isn’t just a design trend. Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors (especially these days!). That leaves our bodies craving sunlight. 

The Benefits of Natural Light

The sustainability experts at North Carolina State University Shine Light on What Natural Light Does For Your Body.  “Of course using natural light instead of artificial light reduces energy consumption and lowers your electricity bill,” they say. “But did you know how important natural light is important to your productivity and overall health?” 

Among other things, they say that natural light can:

  • Aid your body’s ability to store vitamin D 
  • Enhance productivity
  • Ease eye strain
  • Help you get a good night’s sleep
  • Give your mood a boost

Maximizing Natural Light

In discussing The Health Benefits of Natural Light, the experts at Healthline recommended a few things you can do to help shine more natural light in your space, including: 

  • Install mirrors. “Help light bounce around a room with a mirror …or two …or more,” they say. “Sunlight from the window can reflect against a mirror, casting more brightness between four walls.”
  • Do without drapes. As Healthline points out, “Removing heavy curtains is an easy step to allowing more sun in your space.”
  • Choose reflective colors. “White is the most reflective color,” they say, but emphasize that you don’t have to limit yourself.  

When it comes to design trends, frameless glass balcony railings, glass stair railings and frameless glass shower doors are all very popular right now. They are also very practical. If you would like more information on how we can help more natural light shine in your life, please contact us and request a free estimate.