There are a variety of options to consider when choosing the glass for your new shower screen. Each type of glass has specific advantages depending on what you are looking for in a shower aspect. Take a look at some more detailed information below from Fivestar Glass & Caulking to help you make an informed decision about which is best for you.
This type of glass is also known as “Clear Glass”, and is available in several grades depending on strength and clarity. Transparent glass offers neither privacy nor insulation, allowing light to enter your bathroom while still providing an unobstructed view through the shower screen. These windows are constructed using float glass, which provides increased durability compared to other types of glass. The reduced thickness of this type of glass allows heat to escape more easily than with other window styles, making it suitable for climates where heat retention is desired. It can be cleaned using either water or standard glass cleaners.
Similar to transparent/clear glass, frost-coated glass also does not provide much privacy or insulation. However, unlike regular clear glass, it provides a textured appearance giving the appearance of frost on the surface when viewed from outside. This can be made using either acid etching or sandblasting techniques. Frosted Glass is primarily used in bathrooms where any loss of natural light would be undesirable, usually because there are no windows or skylights present. It can also be cleaned using water and standard cleaners.
This type of glass is made by sandwiching an interlayer between two sheets of regular float glass to greatly increase its strength and security level. When broken, this type of glass will generally stay together rather than shattering into pieces that may cause injury or damage to property. This spreads the force of impact over a wider area, leaving less chance for it to be concentrated in one place. Laminated glass also has improved soundproofing qualities when compared with other types of glass used in windows and doors.
Sometimes called “frosted obscure”, this is a tinted or reflective glazing that provides privacy, but allows some light through while reducing the onlooker’s ability to see inside. It can also be produced in clear form, obscuring only certain areas of the screen. Obscure glass is often also found on office windows or verandas where full privacy might not be desired, but partial privacy would prevent passers-by from being able to look into private spaces (such as bathrooms). It can also be cleaned using either water or standard glass cleaners.