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The History of the Shower: Part 1

Long before the technology existed to make lovely frameless glass shower enclosures and frameless shower doors, the technology that made showers possible needed to be developed. 

We take so many things for granted these days – including the ability to, with the simple turn of a knob, enjoy a nice hot shower. But for most of human history, people would have considered what we take for granted to be a luxury. 

Making a Splash 

“Personal hygiene hasn’t always been an integral part of grooming, yet the need to clean oneself easily and quickly was as pressing in ancient times as it is today,” Kaushik Patowary, a contributor to Amusing Planet, writes in A Short History of Showering. “Bathing in a tub was cumbersome, so those who could bathed under waterfalls. These were the first showers used by man.” 

There are, of course, a couple of downsides to bathing under a waterfall: 

  • You can’t find a waterfall around every corner. If you didn’t need a shower when you started looking for one, you most certainly would by the time you found one.
  • Water pressure is important for a good shower, but the pressure from many waterfalls would be enough to crush you before you were swept away in the churning current.
  • And then there is the very important fact that there are no hot-and-cold-running waterfalls, so you wouldn’t be able to adjust the temperature until it’s exactly what you want. Your only options were cold or very cold. 

 

Pouring It On

Patowary credits the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians with the invention of the first “man-made” shower but having someone pour water over your head isn’t really what we consider a shower built by people. It was definitely a step in the right direction – at least for the wealthy. You could have your servant heat the water before pouring it over your head.

Clearly, although they were responsible for introducing an amazing array of useful things – including writing and chariots – the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians didn’t enjoy the benefits of glass shower panels. And they certainly didn’t have the benefit of the kind of service provided by the experts in frameless glass shower enclosures at Florida State Glass and Mirror. Contact us if you are ready to modernize the look of your shower!

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.

May Is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Glass and mirrors are often used as metaphors. (That probably might not hold true when it comes to glass shower panels or frameless glass railings but stick with us here!) And metaphors involving glass and mirrors often pertain to some aspect of mental health or identity – something that we thought might be appropriate to think about since May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. 

Through a Glass Darkly

Anything that obscures your view or prevents you from seeing things as they really are can be depicted as grime, dirt or distortion – whether you are looking through a glass or in a mirror.

Of course, when it comes to glass, the perfect example of a metaphor that pertains to mental health would be the question of whether you see the glass as half empty or half full. It is widely understood that this is an indication of whether you tend to look at the world as an optimist or as a pessimist. 

“Mirrors reflect light which allows them to reflect the world around them. In spiritual concepts, light is a powerful symbol of wisdom and awareness. As a consequence, mirrors are symbols and carriers of truth and reflect what our truth is,” Neve Akridge writes in The Mystical Symbolism of Mirrors on Medium. 

“Psychology tends to be more critical of mirrors which represent the barrier between conscious and unconscious,” she goes on to say. “And therefore, by looking deep into a mirror, we look deep inside ourselves in a conscious way, following a thoughts process.”

For Christopher P Jones, writing in Symbols In Art: Mirrors & Reflections, which can also be found on Medium, “The idea is that mirrors reflect a hidden truth, perhaps a window to an ‘anti-world’, a more unvarnished version of our own. We are accustomed to demons and supernatural creatures having no reflection on account of being dispossessed of a soul. Thus, as a means of disclosure, the image that appears in a mirror can be thought of as being more revealing that the mere surface appearance.

“Hence, in art, the depiction of a mirror is usually for some allegorical purpose. It is a way of saying, ‘There lies a deeper truth here.’,” he concludes.

The Most Important Question

When you look into the mirror, what do you see? We all tend to be hard on ourselves, seeing what we consider to be our countless imperfections. The next time you look in the mirror, try focusing on the positive things you see… like your smile.  

If you or someone you loves needs help, you can call a national hotline set up by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). This is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to connect with trained crisis worker who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

And if you want a clearer view of your world, well, you can always contact us about crystal clear glass shower enclosures. Frameless glass balcony railings and custom mirrors. Stay safe and be well!

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.

Did You Know Adults Spend More Than 1 Year in the Bathroom?

Need a reason to invest in a frameless shower enclosure for your bathroom? We at Florida State Glass and Mirror found one.

Statistics show that the average adult spends – get this – 416 days of his or her life in the bathroom. More specifically, the average adult male spends 373 days in the bathroom, and the average adult female spends 456. That goes to show you that while the kitchen might be the most popular room in the house, without a doubt, the bathroom is the most important.

What are you doing in there?

“The bathroom is a sacred place for many people,” the folks at Study Finds explain. “It’s where we go to prepare ourselves for the world, make sure we look our best, and often times it serves as a quiet place to take a breath during a busy day.”

So why not make your bathroom beautiful?

  • Turn it into a spa-like setting or a his-and-her hangout.
  • Paint the walls a bright color.
  • Add artwork.
  • Fill the space with therapeutic scents such as citrus, lavender or vanilla.
  • And get those glass shower panels you always wanted.

The folks at Study Finds also pointed out that homeowners have experienced “significant life moments” in their bathrooms.

“In all, 10% say they’ve given themselves a pep talk, another 10% say they have had arguments, and 8% report having an intimate heart-to-heart with a loved one,” they say. “On top of that, 51% say renovating their bathroom has tangibly improved their happiness at home.”

If you would like to improve your happiness by renovating your bathroom, we would love to help. You deserve it and this would be a great time to honor the room in which you will find yourself spending more than one year of your life. 

Clear glass shower enclosures are a great way to give your bathroom a modern new style. If you would like more information about the possibilities, please contact us.

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.

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.

See the Future Clearly (with glass upgrades)

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 from 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.

To take the focus off the doom and gloom that remains amid a global pandemic, we suggest you think about a home-improvement project, namely modernizing your bathroom. 

 

Make Your World a Little Brighter

Florida State Glass and Mirror can supply your special sanctuary with frameless shower doors and glass shower panels as well as LED mirrors, glow mirrors, mirrors with illuminated borders and vanity / makeup mirrors. And it isn’t just the bathroom where we can help you see clearly!  Our list of products can be used in many areas throughout your home, including: 

So go ahead and put your energy into something that will ensure happiness and joy for your family in 2021 and possibly as long as you live in your home – an upgrade to its interior hardware.

“…we will come through on the other side and we will go back to our lives,” historian Howard Markel says in a STAT article. “There have been epidemics for millennia, and those who survive move on with their lives and they go on.”

The article continues: “Perhaps by the holidays in December 2021, life will feel safe enough that memories of the anxiety and fear of spring 2020 start to blur. After all, Markel said, the typical final act of health emergencies is “global amnesia,” when people forget the lessons of what they just lived through.”

If you would like to see your future clearly and your home made more beautiful, we would love to give you more information about seamless glass railings,  frameless shower enclosures and more. Contact us at 561-903-2715.

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!

Clear Glass Showers Are on Trend

Reimagining your bathroom – one of the most important rooms in the home, rivaling the kitchen – can be an important step. If you are planning to go all out and modernize that most sacred of spaces, the experts at Florida State Glass and Mirror, a leading supplier of frameless glass shower enclosures, would love to help.

Frameless shower doors and glass shower panels are beautiful enough to land your bathroom on the pages of an upscale architectural magazine.

“A pristinely remodeled shower is the dream of many,” The DC Post reports in a story titled “Bathroom Guide: How to Remodel Your Shower.” “You can successfully remodel your shower with proper planning and effort. Proper natural light is important to make your shower feel warm and welcoming. For this, you can use frameless glass walls with a corner shower unit. Instead of wooden framing, you can also buy a frameless shower door if needed.”

If you are planning to go all out, make sure to add some special finishing touches to your clear glass shower enclosure.

Among the trends recommended by The DC Post are:

  • Incorporating a corner shower

“A corner shower is one of the best shower remodel ideas for smaller bathrooms,” according to The DC Post. “You can add a quarter-round corner shower with a sliding or swinging door. This will save you from facing door obstructions. You can enhance air circulation by raising the ceiling. Similarly, it will let natural light and air into your shower. It will also reduce the growth of fungi and germs in the area.”

  • Consider getting rid of the bathtub, especially if the children are grown. 

“One of the hot trends in modern baths is to eliminate the tub, using only the shower to accommodate a less leisurely lifestyle,” according to The DC Post. “And speaking of hot trends, another is to make them large enough to bring a guest with you – he or she can even have a separate showerhead.”

  • Installing stone and tile in mostly monochromatic color schemes.

If you have any questions about shower enclosure glass, please contact us. We would love to help!