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The History of Glass Shower Doors

Glass shower doors offer a number of great advantages. They're elegant and quite easy to clean. Owners never need to buy or replace vinyl liners. Unfortunately, many older homes lack glass doors and enclosures. This is true because they weren't invented until the mid-20th century. Let's take a look at the history of transparent shower doors and the supplies needed to manufacture them. Durable Materials Standard home window glass wouldn't perform well in a shower stall. It shatters too easily, and hot water can cause cracks to appear. Luckily, a scientist from France invented safety glass in 1903. Edouard Benedictus found that manufacturers could prevent shattering by using a combination of cellulose nitrate and glass. This invention greatly improved the safety of products ranging from cookware to motor vehicles. During the years between 1900 and 1910, scientists succeeded in developing additional glass formulas. A chemist in Austria created and patented a...
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The Science Behind Glass Making

The beauty and versatility of glass are often overlooked in the course of daily living. The strategic use of glass can let natural light into homes or offices, and it can make small rooms appear more spacious. Archaeologists discovered that glass has been in use by humans for thousands of years. It continues to be a popular construction material because it is relatively inexpensive to make, easy to handle, recyclable and ideal for a myriad of applications. In fact, you just may be wearing a pair of glasses while reading this post. Standard Glass Making Glass is made when ordinary sand is heated to temperatures above 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit and then gradually cooled and shaped. Historically, glass was blown into the shapes of bottles, bowls or lanterns as needed. Early glass makers also smoothed the molten glass out into sheets to make window panes. You and your family can see how...
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How We Cut Glass Without Breaking It

From mirrors and table tops to shower doors, glass is a common feature throughout many homes across the country. Have you ever wondered how professionals can cut and shape glass into these common objects without breaking it? Professional glass workers have a variety of tools and techniques at their disposal to turn glass into the works of art that permeate your home. Here we will discuss five tools used by professionals in the glass industry. Five Tools Used to Cut and Shape Glass More than finesse is required to successfully cut and shape glass into usable household objects. This process also requires skill and a few special tools to make the job easier. Cutting Tables Cutting tables provide several essential functions that are useful during the process of cutting glass. Although there are several types of cutting tables on the market today, they all serve some basic functions. First of all,...
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How to Properly Clean a Glass Shower Door

Glass shower doors seem to be a source of major frustration for many homeowners. Shower doors have a knack for developing a thick buildup of soap scum that can detract from their overall appearance and make them look dirty. If you've grown frustrated with trying to keep your glass shower door looking pristine, the following tips were designed to help you gain control of this problem. Five Tips for Sparkling Glass Shower Doors What good is having a beautifully decorated bathroom if your glass shower door looks dirty and covered in grime? Use these five tips to help make your glass sparkle and shine. Remove Existing Soap Scum Effectively Soap scum takes much more than elbow grease to remove. The right products are required for cutting through this thick residue. Vinegar is one natural and safe product that is effective at cutting through stubborn soap scum. Mixing white vinegar with a...
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How Shower Doors Are Made

Those who are ready to remodel their bathrooms often look for something modern that will stand out from the rest in a powerful way. If you feel the same way, you won't want to miss the glass shower doors that we have in our inventory. With a glass shower door, you will enhance the look of your bathroom more than you once thought possible, and most people enjoy the way that it makes the area appear even more spacious. Our team will take the needed steps to help you reach your goals, and you are about to learn how shower doors are made and how we will install them. This information will give you confidence in the process and the quality with which we will provide you. Glass Door Manufacturing In addition to offering valuable insights that help people choose the right path, learning how shower doors are constructed is also...
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Three Reasons To Choose Glass Castle

If you are looking to remodel your home and to take it to the next level, you are probably wondering what company you should choose so that you can get the results about which you have been dreaming. We know that you will find many businesses that offer shower doors, windows, and other glass services, but we would like to invite you to see what we have to offer. Our team is confident that you will be pleased with what you will find. The glass items that we provide will add a look of class and style to any home, and you will know that you have made the right choice. Let's explore the top three reasons that you should enlist our help when you begin your project. We Offer Quality When your No. 1 goal is to get the best possible results, you will want to enlist the services of...
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Three Signs That You Need to Replace Your Glass

From its practical applications to its ability to enhance your interior spaces, glass offers many benefits. While the material is durable, it’s not one that will last forever. Because it may not be apparent when it’s time to replace your glass, here are three signs to help you make the determination. Visible Blemishes If your glass tabletops are starting to develop deep, visible blemishes, it’s time to consider replacing them. Excess scratching causes the glass to lose its luster. The reason behind this is that in addition to scratches showing, they also collect grime, which builds up over time. Chips are another visible blemish that indicates it’s time to replace your glass tabletop. In many cases, chips are a sign that the glass may have deeper damage. Glass tabletops are typically manufactured for safety. This means that instead of shattering, they will chip away. Consider replacing them before chipping begins. Discoloration...
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Protecting Your Shower from Hard Water Stains

While it isn’t harmful to your health, hard water is often an irritating problem, one that can damage your sinks, bathtubs and showers. Water is considered hard when it contains high levels of dissolved minerals, which are usually calcium and magnesium. When these minerals are present in water, a film may form on the inside or outside of any home appliance that comes into contact with it. If you permit the buildup to continue, it can turn into a hard crust. Stop Hard Water Stains from Forming with Prevention When your shower develops hard water stains, it’s almost impossible to return it to its original unblemished state. You can eliminate the residue, but the hard water minerals may cause etching, and this damages the glass. Prevention is the best way to protect showers from hard water. To prevent hard water stains from forming, consider purchasing an inexpensive squeegee, and store it...
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The Benefits of Frameless Glass Shower Doors

Maybe the shower is the place where you start your day. Maybe it is your destination to unwind after work. No matter when you use your shower, it is one of the most functional and relaxing areas in your home. This is why it is worthwhile to invest in your shower to make it as good as it can be. One way of doing this is with a frameless glass shower door. Showers are usually enclosed in one of two ways. Some showers use a curtain, which is cheaper, but others use glass to enclose the space. This glass is especially durable, minimizing the risk of cracking or breaking with normal wear and tear. Some glass may be framed with metal or plastic when it is installed, but for an elite look, frameless glass is definitely the way to go. The main advantage to frameless glass is its appearance. With no...
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Bathroom Organization Tips

Are you making the most of your bathroom storage space? Getting clutter organized and out of sight makes room for the pretty stuff. Here are some ideas for keeping things tidy:• Storing bulky towels is always problematic. Take advantage of the back of the bathroom door. You can mount two to three additional towel bars there. Another idea is to partially fold towels and finish them in a tight roll. Store them on end in a pretty basket by the tub.• Keeping long objects like toothpaste, brushes and combs in a drawer wastes space. Group them in tall containers that you can store in a cabinet or under the sink.• Purchase some adhesive, flat-sided containers to stick inside cabinet doors. Get several different sizes for organizing hair elastics, manicure tools and other items that tend to wind up any old place. Just be sure to arrange them in a way that...
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Top Bathroom Trends for 2017

If there's one 2017 home decorating trend every interior design expert can agree on, it's hygge. The Danish word roughly translates to cozy, and most of the bathroom trends we uncovered supported the idea in some form. Whether or not you buy into this Scandinavian concept, we're sure you'll be comfortable with at least a few of these up-and-coming ideas for the most overlooked room in the house. The idea of hygge is based on gaining a sense of well-being by enjoying life's simple pleasures. Adding a plant is an inexpensive way to update your bathroom and purify the air. As a bonus, it lets you incorporate another hot trend - the Pantone 2017 color of the year, Greenery - in a truly organic way. Warmth, whether literal or figurative, is another important facet of hygge. Incorporate it visually with terra cotta tiles or walls, or convert your fixtures and shower...
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