Glass is an integral part of our lives and all of today's homes have a considerable amount of glass built into them. However the fragile nature of glass causes it to be shattered or break and that's when replacement glass is crucial. We can accommodate any custom replacement glass order.
Types of Replacement Glass
Acrylic is essentially a thermoplastic. It is derived from natural gas, turned into a clear, watery white liquid, heated to form a transparent solid shape - nearly any solid shape. Acrylics are then manufactured into large sheets, rods, tubes, profiles and specific shape designs. Acrylic comes in a range of standard sheet sizes and thickness, from which we can easily custom-cut to your specifications.
Versatile, lightweight yet strong, acrylic lends itself to a wide variety of building and design applications; end products include: skylights, storm windows, shower stalls, partitions, lighting diffusers, railings, picture framing of every size, protective coverings for museum-quality art preservation, aquarium tanks, infrared windows, retail casing and displays, architectural and vehicle glazing, noise insulation, lenses, pediatric incubators, advertising displays, outdoor signs and on and on.
Insulated glass is produced by placing a spacer between two panes of glass and sealing the edges of the unit. The air is trapped between the two pieces of glass and acts as an insulator to reduce the rate at which heat and cold can travel through the unit.
Insulated glass units last for a very long time, but the seal between the two panes of glass some times do fail. This causes the inner surface between the two pieces of glass to fog up. This of course does not look good but more importantly an insulated unit with a broken seal looses its insulating properties and temperature transfer between the two sides of the glass happens more readily. If this happens, in most cases only the glass portion of the window can be changed, leaving the frame intact. In case of an accident where only one pane of the glass breaks, the entire insulated glass unit needs to be replaced. Replacement of an insulated glass unit is normally not a DIY project and requires experience. Here at Pure Showers Inc., we can measure, fabricate and install your insulated glass unit in record time.
Laminated glass is considered a safety glass and is primarily used because of its safety, security and sound abatement characteristics. Laminated glass is particularly suitable where it is useful to maintain the structural integrity of the piece in question after breakage.
Adhering two or more pieces of glass together with a vinyl layer using heat and pressure produces laminated glass. In case of breakage, the PVB interlayer holds the fragments together and thus continues to provide resistance to the passage of persons or objects. The bond also holds the glass panes together and prevents shattering and production of sharp shards which is typical of glass breakage. Laminated glass is used in a variety of situations such as store fronts, balconies, skylights, and automotive glass. Here at Pure Showers Inc. we can custom cut laminated glass and use it for any situation deemed necessary. Do you need a glass table top but are worried about kids breaking the glass or worse yet cutting themselves? Maybe laminated glass is the answer to your problem.
Tough, optically transparent, break-resistant, Lexan polycarbonate surpasses all other thermoplastics for glazing use, safety and strength. Polycarbonate is a non-toxic polycarbonate thermo resin. The liquid polymer forms when bisphenol A reacts with carbonyl chloride. Uncoated sheets are then heat- or cold-formed.
To really understand the superiority of this thermoplastic, consider these products made from polycarbonate: helmets, face shields, airplane and ship portholes, instrument components and electrical insulators - too name just a few. It's the choice for safety, thermal protection, security, clarity and strength. Standard polycarbonate sheets even have built-in forced entry protection.
Tempered glass is a type of safety glass regularly used in applications in which standard glass could pose a potential danger. Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than standard glass and does not break into large shards when broken. Tempered glass is manufactured through a process of extreme heating and rapid cooling, making it harder than normal glass.
The brittle nature of tempered glass causes it to shatter into small oval-shaped pebbles when broken. This eliminates the danger of sharp edges. Due to this property, along with its strength, tempered glass is often referred to as safety glass. The thermal process that cures tempered glass also makes it heat resistant. Tempered glass can be used in any situation where there is a danger of the glass breaking due to impact or extreme heat.
- Glass thickness: Most commonly used glass thicknesses are: 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2". Visit our glass thickness page for more information.
- Glass sizes: Be careful measuring your glass. Once the glass has been cut it is very difficult and sometimes impossible to change its size.
- Glass type: Variety of glass available. Options include clear glass, frosted glass, rain glass, tinted glass, patterned glass, ultra clear glass, bronze glass, gray glass, and more.
- Glass strength: Annealed glass, tempered glass, laminated glass, are some of the options.
- Glass edge: Choose a simple polished edge for a traditional and elegant look or a beveled edge for a more modern and futuristic style.