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Glass Railings Enhance the View – Wherever You Go

One of the main criteria for travelers is the view. Whether it’s an urban jungle or an African photo safari, a river or a lake, you don’t want anything to stand between your eyes and the view. That’s why many hotel and residential rental owners choose frameless glass balcony railings for their properties.

It’s so exciting to wake up in the morning in a new place, open your eyes and see a new city skyline or the roaring ocean waves. And it’s so invigorating to come out of your room with a cup of coffee and sit in a chair overlooking the landscape – and with the advantage of frameless glass railings, feeling like you’re a part of it.

The Safety of Frameless Glass Railings

Some people wonder though if frameless glass balcony railings are safe. The answer is yes, and here’s why:

  • The installation is super strong and secure, using all the newest technologies. 
  • Frameless glass railings don’t have slats or openings, which makes it impossible for a pet or child to get through. The space between the glass and the supports is very small.
  • Smooth glass makes it tricky to climb, so once again, it’s better for families with small children who like to climb on everything.
  • The glass for frameless glass railings is tempered safety glass. It’s about four times stronger than regular glass. According to Science ABC, tempered glass breaks into small pieces that interlock with neighboring pieces and therefore doesn’t fall apart easily. The tiny pebbles are not sharp, which makes it more difficult for people to get injured.
  • Glass railings with stainless steel fasteners are not going to decay like wooden balcony railings, which makes these railings safer as well. 

Choosing the right place to stay while traveling is extremely important. And there are so many options, from hotels and RVs to private houses and apartments! The sky is the limit. So, whether you’re traveling alone or with your family, your friends or your precious pets, you can safely choose to stay in a place with frameless glass balcony railings. Imagine those Instagram photos you’re going to post!

If you’d like to install frameless glass balcony railings at your property in Florida, contact us for more information.

The Luxurious Looking Glass

They may look totally different, but mirrors are made of glass – just like the beautiful frameless shower enclosures and glass railings that we make. 

Today, mirrors are part of our everyday lives. You probably wouldn’t think of leaving the house before checking your appearance in one. Most cars these days have more than one mirror. Women might carry one in their purse. Even the trendy tiny homes you might have seen on TV have mirrors.

We take mirrors for granted today, but for most of their history, mirrors were considered a luxury item. 

Early Mirror Makers

According to the Columbia Tribune, “The early method for making a glass mirror consisted of coating the back of a sheet of glass with an amalgam of mercury and tin. The surface was overlaid with several sheets of tinfoil and rubbed smooth. The entire surface was then covered with mercury. Finally, a cloth made of soft wool was placed on the surface and weighted down for a day. The glass was then tilted so that the excess mercury ran off and could be save.” 

Whew! No wonder it was considered unlucky to break a mirror! And no wonder mirrors were considered to be luxury items. 

Other advancements – like adding gilt frames and making oval or round mirrors – only added to the luxurious appeal of mirrors. 

It wasn’t until the 19th century that someone figured out how to coat the back of the glass with silver. It still wasn’t exactly easy to make a mirror, but it did simplify things and shorten the timeline. 

 Today, mirrors can be mass produced, but quality custom mirrors – as well as chic frameless glass balcony railings and clear glass shower enclosures – can still add a touch of luxury to your life.

Home-Improvement Projects Can Help Brighten Days Ahead

With the confusion, fear and turmoil of 2020 behind us, perhaps it is in everyone’s best interest to look at 2021 with open eyes, positive thoughts and a mind as unclouded as a clear glass shower enclosure offered by Florida State Glass and Mirror.

Taking such an optimistic approach to the new year can’t hurt, right? Thoughts along those lines might even be valid now that a COVID-19 vaccine is here.

“Rising confidence in the vaccine points to a deeper trend that could make 2021 a critical turning point,” a Foreign Policy article notes. “If that claim sounds overblown, consider a few important facts. The first is that confidence in the vaccine hasn’t just grown but is likely to keep growing.”

Do You Have Projects You Need to Finish?

As more and more people get vaccinated, life will be able to start getting back to some semblance of normal. So, if you have any home-improvement projects that you’ve been talking about taking on, now is the time!

If modernizing your bathroom is on the to-do list, we would love to help. Just think how great frameless shower doors or glass shower panels from Florida State Glass and Mirror would look in your special sanctuary!

We can also help with a full selection of mirrors, including LED mirrors, glow mirrors, mirrors with illuminated borders and vanity / makeup mirrors. And, if you are thinking of a home improvement project outside the bathroom, we might still be able to help. Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking:

  • Staircases (glass railings)
  • Fireplaces (custom fireplace mirrors)
  • Foyers (custom foyer mirrors)

So, go ahead and put your energy into something that will ensure happiness and joy for your family in 2021. If we’ve learned anything this past year, it is that Dorothy was right… there really is no place like home.

If you have questions about putting in a clear glass shower enclosure or installing seamless glass railings, contact us.

Does Santa Have Glass Shower Panels?

There are a lot of things we know about Santa Claus – and an awful lot of things we don’t know. When it comes to what his bathroom looks like and whether or not they have glass shower panels up at the North Pole or whether there are glass railings on the balcony overlooking the workshop, well that’s definitely something we can only wonder about. 

Nevertheless, House and Home reported on a log cabin in the North Pole that is decorated like Santa’s house. Or at least what someone imagines Santa’s house to look like. You or I might have different ideas dancing in our heads on these long winter nights, but it’s still fun to take a peek at this chill abode!

Santa’s Cabin in the Woods

The folks at House and Home start off by saying, “If Santa Claus were real, his house would look something like this rustic log cabin in the North Pole. Though it may look more like the set of a Christmas movie, this real house was decorated by its owner to look and feel like somewhere Santa would live.”

We don’t want to ruffle any feathers, but since when does Santa live in a log cabin? Haven’t these folks ever watched any of the Christmas specials on TV? We like to think of Santa ensconced in a castle with plenty of room for his workshop and all of those busy little elves – something like the one featured in the 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 

But for now, we’ll play along. 

According to House and Home, the log cabin is “Described as “a toy-lover’s paradise nestled on 25 idyllic acres at the North Pole — perfect for spirited reindeer games” in the listing, the vintage log house was built in the 1800s and renovated in 2013 with modern-day amenities.” 

The home has 2,500 square feet – not quite a castle, but not exactly a cozy little cabin, either – three bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

Based on the picture of Santa’s bathroom that House and Home ran, which shows a red plaid shower curtain rather than a chic clear glass shower enclosure, we would have to say he is more of a traditional guy. But if he is ever interested in updating his décor with frameless glass shower doors, we would love to help!

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.