The Crystal and Acrylic Shower Enclosure: Safety, Hygiene and Aesthetics of the Shower Panels

Today the most used material for the realization of shower enclosures (shower panels) is tempered glass.

A few years ago, especially in the purchase of shower enclosures at low cost and for the so-called “second bathroom”, was advocated the choice of acrylic doors.

The uninitiated were therefore mistakenly led to believe that the acrylic shower panels were the safest in case of breakage or chipping.

In fact, and fortunately, today there is a tendency to no longer propose this material so frequently, for various reasons.

First of all for safety reasons: if the acrylic panel receives a shock that breaks, it breaks but does not crumble. That is, it breaks into sharp and pointed scales, with a great danger for those who are using the box.

From a hygienic point of view, then, the plastic materials tend to make dirt and limescale adhere, making it difficult to clean an area of the bathroom that should be easy to maintain.

Finally, from an aesthetic point of view, acrylic doors tend to turn yellow with light and curve over time. These conditions are no longer acceptable even in service shower enclosures.

Glass shower box? No, calibe uses the tempered crystal

The tempered glass used for the production of shower enclosures is also called “safety glass” as it is a material treated so as not to be dangerous in case of breakage. If we accidentally bump into our crystal shower cubicle and break it, it shatters, creating an infinity of crumbs, just like car glass. These splinters are not pointed and do not create any danger even if, for example, a child tramples on them.

For this reason, the first feature to be requested when purchasing a crystal shower enclosure is that it is tempered.

What does tempered glass mean?

It is a heat treatment that improves the thermal shock and shock characteristics of the crystal panel.

In practice, the glass is brought to a temperature of about 700 degrees and then cooled down suddenly.

It should be noted that tempered glass is different from laminated glass, which consists of two sheets of glass coupled and separated by an adhesive film that allows, in case of breakage, that all fragments remain as safe as the tempered one because breaking, breaks into sharp fragments as a normal glass.

What thickness should be used for the tempered glass of the shower enclosure?

Another feature that creates a lot of indecision in the choice is the thickness of the glass of the tempered glass shower enclosure.

The most frequently used thicknesses are 3-4-6 and 8 mm. But with what criteria should we choose the thickness of the glass of the shower enclosure? This depends on factors such as the presence or absence of the glass support frame, and the type of opening (sliding or swing shower glass).

For shower enclosures without support frames, thicknesses of 6-8 mm are recommended, while those with frames may also have lower thicknesses.

From a hygienic point of view, the tempered glass shower enclosures are easy to clean because the glass is very resistant to normal anti-scale products and makes dirt slide away in a better way. From an aesthetic point of view, it does not yellow and does not deform.

The last feature to take into account is the finish of the glass. Modern showers and designer shower enclosures prefer a glossy finish, while a few years ago they preferred a satin finish. Beyond aesthetics, which is always a personal factor, from the point of view of resistance to dirt, knurling is a great help, while those who opt for a transparent glass if you want to keep the glass unaltered for a long time after each single shower must be equipped with an accessory to dry the glass.

For those who do not like to clean the glass shower cubicle there are treatments but they do not solve the problem effectively and must be renewed frequently.

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