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FAQ

We have listed many questions that we receive below.  Please feel free to email us or call our shop with any other questions you may have regarding your glass needs.

  • Glass thickness

    •single strength (less than 1/8") - normally used in picture frames, etc.
    •double strength (1/8") - used in storm windows, picture frames, insulated units, etc.
    •3/16" - used for small table tops, insulated units, small shelves, etc.
    •1/4" - used in table tops (as protective covering), insulated units, single-pane windows, lightweight shelves, framed shower doors, etc.
    •3/8" - used in shower doors, table tops, glass walls,  door lights, etc.
    •1/2" - used for shower doors, table tops, glass walls, glass partitions, etc.
    •3/4" - used for glass doors, store fronts,  etc.

  • Glass Alternatives

    •Acrylic (Plexiglass) glass: A lightweight but strong acrylic material.
    •Polycarbonate (Lexan) glass: A tough, transparent thermoplastic.
    •Laminated (Safety) glass: Made by adhering multiple pieces of glass together using high heat and pressure. The inter layer created by this process holds the glass pieces together, providing more resistance against breakage.
     •Tempered glass: Tempering is a special process applied to glass that ensures if the glass is broken, it will shatter in large chunks rather than thousands of razor sharp shards.

  • Edging

    •Seamed Edge: In this application, after the shelf is cut, the edges are sanded to remove the sharp edges. This is to make sure the glass shelf is safe to handle.

    •Flat Polish Edge: In this application, the edges of the glass shelf have been polished to a smooth shiny finish.

    •Pencil Polish Edge: Popular with circle or oval shapes, the side edge is rounded for a softer look.

    •Beveled Polish Edge: In this application, the edges of the glass shelf are cut and polished in an angle with a specific Bevel Width to produce a certain "look". This process leaves the glass shelf thinner around the edges and thicker in the center. The Bevel Width around the glass shelf can range in size from 1/4" to 1 1/2" and is specified by you.

  • What is easyclean10?

    One of the most common questions we are asked is how to keep a shower door clean.   EasyClean10 can be purchased as an option on your new shower door. EasyClean10 comes complete with a 10-year warranty.  This will ensure that your new glass is protected and will be easy to clean for many years to come.


    EasyClean10 Glass Treatment permanently bonds to the substrate and protects it against dirt, grime, soap scum, staining, etching, and discoloration. Similar to a non-stick fry pan, EasyClean10 is optically clear, repels both water & oil based substances, and makes the surface easy to clean. Also, specific cleaning products are no longer required or recommended to extend the life of the coating!  What this means is that you clean less often, with less effort, and the surface won't deteriorate over its life. Furthermore, without the need to purchase specific aftercare products to maintain the coating, EasyClean10 saves you money, up to 90% of cleaning time, and keeps your glass looking new beyond 10 years.  Click here for more information.

  • Recommended Glass Maintenance and Cleaners

    Shower Door Glass

    Squeegeeing the glass frequently, then drying with a soft cloth is highly recommended.  Using a squeegee after each shower helps keep spots and scale from accumulating on glass components.  We recommend cleaning the glass regularly with a glass cleaner while following the recommendations of the Bath Enclosures Manufacturing Association (BEMA).  Avoid abrasives, bleach, acidic or vinegar based cleaners and scrubbing pads.  Read labels on cleaning products thoroughly before using.  If your glass is coated or treated with a surface protectant such as EASYCLEAN10, follow the warranty instructions. 


    A short list of cleaning agents that should be avoided because they either damage the metal or scratch the enclosures glass surface includes:

    • Abrasive or soft abrasive powders and liquid
    • Bleach or bleach based cleaners
    • Steel or Teflon pads
    • Do not use bristle brushes

    Aluminum, Brass and Stainless Steel Components

    – Silver, Gold, Brushed Nickel, Satin Silver and some Oil Rubbed Bronze/Dark Bronze –
    Most of the silver, gold, brushed nickel or satin silver metal components of your shower door are anodized aluminum or electroplated brass or stainless steel.  Aluminum is a lightweight, non-rusting metal which is anodized to give color and to make shiny.  Anodizing also seals the aluminum to guard against corrosion and pitting.  Electroplating is a process similar to anodizing.


    Some glass and lime scale cleaners can damage anodizing and electroplating, causing pitting or discoloration. You can permanently damage the metal’s finish if improper cleaning compounds containing alkaline and phosphoric acids are used. The result can be the appearance of white spots and discoloration.  Many products’ labels warn against use on anodized and plated metals. Read labels on cleaning products thoroughly before using on your shower door.  Drywall, spackle and tile grout, which contain lime, can also spot metal and glass surfaces.

  • What if regular cleaning isn't enough?

    We recommend "Sparkle" Cleaner.  It works great for those glass cleaning jobs too tough for spray-on cleaners. It removes light water spots and stains in glass and also removes soap scum from shower doors and ceramic tile.  Wipe on with a damp cloth or paper towel, rub stained areas, then wipe off.  We keep "Sparkle" in stock at our shop.

  • How do i care for my mirrormate frame?

    • DUST frames with a soft cloth or feather duster.
    • CLEAN with a soft, water-dampened cloth only, using a light touch.
    • Wipe dry gently.  "Scrubbies" should not be used on or touch the frames.
    • DO NOT SPRAY ANY HARSH CLEANING PRODUCT on the frame or near the frames.  Spray all vanity, mirror and faucet cleaners on a rag to prevent the solvents from coming in contact with the frame.  Should a cleaner or solvent come in contact with the frame, wipe off immediately with a damp cloth.
    • DO NOT use glass cleaner that contains ammonia.
    • DO NOT use painter's tape on the frame.  This may remove the finish of the frame.

    Please note that any frame-wood, plastic or MDF-will be damaged by incorrect cleaning methods.