Tempered Glass Shower Doors

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Tempered Glass Shower Doors

What Is Tempered Shower Glass? Tempered shower glass is safety glass and by law, is the only type of glass permitted for bathroom shower installations. It’s called safety glass because tempered glass will never break into sharp, jagged edges. Instead, when broken, tempered glass shatters into small oval pebbles. We manufacture tempered glass from normal glass through a process of extreme heating and rapid cooling. This makes the tempered glass four to five times stronger than standard glass, giving it a highly-prized brittle quality. Glass tempering is the final step in our glass fabrication process. After we’ve tempered your custom glass panels at our manufacturing warehouse, your frameless shower is ready for installation. Non Tempered Glass Tempered Glass Tempered Glass Safety It’s important that our clients understand basic properties of tempered glass to protect your frameless shower investment. Never cut or drill tempered glass. It will shatter. Extreme heat conditions such as fire will also cause tempered glass to shatter. Tempered glass does not protect glass clarity or prevent hard-water stains. Tempered glass does not interfere with glass styles or choices. It does not alter the look of clear, tinted or acid-etched glass patterns. Related Questions: Shower door glass types More Questions Popular questions in other categories. What is the difference between 3/8-inch thick frameless shower glass and 1/2-inch thick frameless shower glass? What is a mickey mouse cutout and why is it used in frameless glass shower doors? Why does my frameless shower glass have notches? What is the difference between acid-etched glass and sandblasted glass? Still need help? Arrange a phone call with one of our experts who specializes in your exact question. Contact one of our support professional.
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Tempered Glass Shower Doors

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Tempered Glass Shower Doors

0 Shares Email Larry Kucharik, 64, of Oak Park, Ill. was having his morning coffee when his wife alerted him to a strange noise. They went upstairs to investigate and in their empty bathroom they found their glass shower door inexplicably shattered and lying in perilous shards all over the bathroom. “It sounded like popcorn,” Kucharik told ABC News, recalling the crackling noise that emanated from the shards. “It was as if someone took a sledgehammer and hit it.” Bewildered and unsure of what to do next, he started to clean up the floor with towels and cardboard. He tapped the top of the seven-foot door’s frame lightly when “a large chunk of glass” suddenly fell and slashed him in the leg. It’s a scar he still has today even though the incident occurred a year ago. Kucharik’s case is not as uncommon as consumers may think. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports more than 60 complaints from across the U.S. over the last eight years of shower doors shattering for seemingly no reason. The sudden explosions can cause serious lacerations and bleeding, according to CPSC incident reports obtained by ABC News, with some people reporting needing stitches and surgery after being “covered in glass” or having glass “embedded” in their skin. In 2011, manufacturer Kohler Co., for instance, had to recall approximately 100 of its shower doors after consumers reported that the doors were shattering. The problem occurs with tempered glass, which manufacturers use because of its safety value. However, Mark Meshulam, a window expert, says that pre-existing damage and imperfections are both factors in the doors’ spontaneous shattering. “The number one reason glass doors break is because of some form of damage to the glass around the edges of that door,” Meshulam said. “The number two reason would be through inclusions, microscopic imperfections that grow into a larger crack internally to the pressure layers. Those pressure layers eventually cause the glass to just shatter.” Meshulam says tempered glass is supposed to be safe because “it breaks into millions of little pieces.” Sometimes, those pieces don’t separate quickly enough from previous damage, forming large, sharp, jagged edges that stick together and cause injury. “If a person is in the shower and the door explodes, they shouldn’t immediately run out. They should stop, not move, look around and find the nearest towel to put over the glass to walk out,” Meshulam said. “Don’t panic and run over glass!” The glass specialist, whose experience spans over 33 years of glass consultation and investigation, says consumers can take steps to prevent shattering from occurring. “Owners should check their glass edges for damage yearly, and safety film can be applied to the door to hold it together even if it breaks,” Meshulam said. “You never know, and that way you won’t have a situation where glass is falling on you.” Luckily for Kucharik, his door’s manufacturer, Basco, refunded his money and replaced his glass door. He stuck with the glass because he believed Basco when the company told him that the incident happened as “a complete one in a million” occurrence. Basco’s director of marketing and communications, Linda Garman, provided ABC News with the following statement: “Basco is the manufacturer of hundreds of thousands of shower and tub doors with minimal occurrence of glass breaking without obvious cause. Our safety tempered glass is produced in accordance with accepted industry standards and we are confident that our products will perform as intended. We are currently looking into our records to determine the facts related to Mr. Kucharik’s situation.” Consumers who have experienced this issue should call their door manufacture and report the incident to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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Tempered Glass Shower Doors

Larry Kucharik, 64, of Oak Park, Ill. was having his morning coffee when his wife alerted him to a strange noise. They went upstairs to investigate and in their empty bathroom they found their glass shower door inexplicably shattered and lying in perilous shards all over the bathroom. “It sounded like popcorn,” Kucharik told ABC News, recalling the crackling noise that emanated from the shards. “It was as if someone took a sledgehammer and hit it.” Bewildered and unsure of what to do next, he started to clean up the floor with towels and cardboard. He tapped the top of the seven-foot door’s frame lightly when “a large chunk of glass” suddenly fell and slashed him in the leg. It’s a scar he still has today even though the incident occurred a year ago. Kucharik’s case is not as uncommon as consumers may think. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports more than 60 complaints from across the U.S. over the last eight years of shower doors shattering for seemingly no reason. The sudden explosions can cause serious lacerations and bleeding, according to CPSC incident reports obtained by ABC News, with some people reporting needing stitches and surgery after being “covered in glass” or having glass “embedded” in their skin. In 2011, manufacturer Kohler Co., for instance, had to recall approximately 100 of its shower doors after consumers reported that the doors were shattering. The problem occurs with tempered glass, which manufacturers use because of its safety value. However, Mark Meshulam, a window expert, says that pre-existing damage and imperfections are both factors in the doors’ spontaneous shattering. “The number one reason glass doors break is because of some form of damage to the glass around the edges of that door,” Meshulam said. “The number two reason would be through inclusions, microscopic imperfections that grow into a larger crack internally to the pressure layers. Those pressure layers eventually cause the glass to just shatter.” Meshulam says tempered glass is supposed to be safe because “it breaks into millions of little pieces.” Sometimes, those pieces don’t separate quickly enough from previous damage, forming large, sharp, jagged edges that stick together and cause injury. “If a person is in the shower and the door explodes, they shouldn’t immediately run out. They should stop, not move, look around and find the nearest towel to put over the glass to walk out,” Meshulam said. “Don’t panic and run over glass!” The glass specialist, whose experience spans over 33 years of glass consultation and investigation, says consumers can take steps to prevent shattering from occurring. “Owners should check their glass edges for damage yearly, and safety film can be applied to the door to hold it together even if it breaks,” Meshulam said. “You never know, and that way you won’t have a situation where glass is falling on you.” Luckily for Kucharik, his door’s manufacturer, Basco, refunded his money and replaced his glass door. He stuck with the glass because he believed Basco when the company told him that the incident happened as “a complete one in a million” occurrence. Basco’s director of marketing and communications, Linda Garman, provided ABC News with the following statement: “Basco is the manufacturer of hundreds of thousands of shower and tub doors with minimal occurrence of glass breaking without obvious cause. Our safety tempered glass is produced in accordance with accepted industry standards and we are confident that our products will perform as intended. We are currently looking into our records to determine the facts related to Mr. Kucharik’s situation.” Consumers who have experienced this issue should call their door manufacture and report the incident to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Tempered Glass Shower Doors

Tempered Glass Shower Doors
Tempered Glass Shower Doors
Tempered Glass Shower Doors

Published on May 16, 2017 | Under News | By admin
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