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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!

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.

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.

You Can See the Quality as Clear as Glass

Here at Florida State Glass and Mirror, we have been proudly serving the South Florida community for more than 20 years. Whether you are looking for a clear glass shower enclosure, frameless glass railings or, perhaps, a custom mirror, you can trust us to deliver the quality and service you deserve. 

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Here are a few of our five-star Google reviews: 

  • Samantha says, “I was very satisfied with my shower enclosure and my LED mirrors for my bathroom. I cannot fathom how great the work was. If you’re looking for a great shower and mirror company, this is the company to use! From the time Nick came to give me my quote and from the time Andy installed my showers I couldn’t of been any happier! THANK YOU FLORIDA STATE GLASS AND MIRROR!!!!!”
  • Gloria said, “Wow!!! They did a fabulous job with my Shower and also the mirrors. I am looking forward to do the Railing. The workers are nice, clean, and fast! I recommend to use this company Florida State Glass and Mirror.” 
  • Some Guy (that’s what he calls himself, it wasn’t our idea!) said, “Outstanding, prompt and excellent service! So happy with my frameless shower enclosure just installed! Please Highly recommend!!!”

We’ve also received lots of A ratings on Angie’s List, like these:

  • “I bought a sliding glass shower door online. I had a glass guy ready to install it and he vanished. Angie’s list to the rescue. This company was very professional. They cleaned up all of their mess and there was zero problems. They even went to their shop and got me a custom piece to replace what was stock so it would be a better quality installation at no extra charge. Great glass company.”
  • “Great, one of the best contractors I have hired on Angie’s List. Would highly recommend them.”

We are really grateful to all of our wonderful clients who have taken the time to post reviews of our work like these. Florida State Glass and Mirror, your South Florida destination for glass shower panels, seamless glass railings, commercial glass and custom mirrors, is a family-owned and family-operated business, so we truly do understand the importance of customer service.