All About Glass

Jeske Glass Specialties2018-03-09T22:58:41+00:00

Jeske Glass is known for innovation and ingenuity when it comes to residential and commercial glass treatments and installation.

Our array of custom glass offerings includes:

  • Mammoth Floor-to-Ceiling Showers
  • Glass Railings and Stairwells
  • Mirrored Walls
  • Switch Glass
  • Coated Glass
  • Custom Mirrors
  • Monster-Framed Mirrors with pre-built frames
  • Gray Mirror (less harsh reflection)
  • Yoga Studios
  • Exercise Rooms
  • Textured Glass
  • Commercial Interior Glass
  • Framed and Frameless Showers
  • Custom Hardware Options
Glass Properties2018-03-08T22:25:30+00:00

Glass is an immensely versatile material; it is used every day in numerous applications, many that most of us are not even aware of. Glass is an amorphous material that lacks a long range periodic crystalline structure. Glasses can be formed through several methods but the most common method involves heating raw materials into a molten liquid and then rapidly cooling the liquid in such a way that the atoms remain in a randomly arranged atomic state.

The main characteristics of glass are transparency, heat resistance, pressure and breakage resistance and chemical resistance. Contrary to solid bodies of crystalline structure, glass has no defined melting point. It continuously transforms from the solid state to the viscous plastic state.

The main raw material used to make glass is sand. To make clear glass, a special sand called silica sand is used. This fine white sand is needed because it is very pure and does not contain other unwanted chemicals. Glass production also needs limestone, soda ash and other chemicals to colour the glass.

Tempered Glass2018-03-08T22:30:44+00:00

Shower doors and enclosures are usually built from tempered glass. While you’ve probably heard this term, you may not know how exactly tempered glass differs from “regular” glass (technically referred to as annealed glass).

During the manufacturing process, glass is heated and then rapidly cooled to make tempered glass. This procedure of heating and cooling makes the glass much stronger overall, although the corners and edged are quite fragile. Furthermore, the process changes the characteristics of the glass so that it reacts differently to breakage.

If a sheet of tempered glass is broken, it will basically disintegrate into many small chunks that are not as sharp and hazardous as shards of annealed glass.

Tempered vs. Laminated2018-03-08T22:35:36+00:00

These two features – enhanced durability and safer fragments – make it clear that tempered glass is a better choice than annealed glass, which was actually used on shower doors in decades past. When a piece of glass operates as a swinging or sliding door, or even when it simply functions a wall in a shower enclosure, personal safety becomes a key issue since the individual who is showering will be in such close proximity to the glass.

We want shower doors that do not break easily and that are less likely to inflict serious injury in the event of an accident. If the latter issue is of special concern or if a homeowner simply wishes to take an extra safety precaution, a shower door/enclosure can be built from laminated glass.

Laminated glass is really two sheets of glass adhered to a thin central layer of clear vinyl. It looks like normal glass, but if it gets fractured the sheet of glass remains intact because every broken piece is still stuck to the vinyl.

Glass Thickness2018-03-08T23:06:58+00:00

Glass shower doors and enclosures can be built from glass of varying thicknesses, although this is somewhat determined by whether it is a frameless, semi-frameless, or framed unit. The thickest glass is also known as “heavy glass,” and this is used on all frameless and some semi-frameless units.

Thinner glass can be used when the unit is framed because the frame both adds structural support and safeguards the vulnerable edges and corners of the tempered glass. The appeal of thinner glass is that it is significantly more cost effective. However, this has not dampened many homeowners’ enthusiasm for frameless units and “Mammoth” style floor-to-ceiling units.

Glass Appearance2018-03-09T22:57:58+00:00

Within the realm of tempered shower glass, modern homeowners can also choose from among various looks and textures. Simple clear glass is actually a very hot item today, but alternatives include:

  • Frosted Glass (acid-etched)
  • Patterned Glass
  • Colored Glass
  • Coated Glass
  • Cast Glass
  • Switch Glass
  • Gray Mirror (less harsh reflection)

Privacy glass that obscures visibility by means of frosting or heavy texturing is popular for bathrooms shared by siblings and other high traffic restrooms.

Glass Protection2018-03-08T23:03:44+00:00

A variable that should be addressed when considering what types of glass are used for shower doors is glass protection. When a homeowner has a new glass shower installed, he or she does not want to have to expend a lot of time and effort to keep it clean. Not only does this contribute to the popularity of frameless units, which have fewer nooks and crevices to clean, but it pulls many customers toward glass with a protected surface.

ShowerGuard glass is glass that has been treated with ion-beam technology during manufacturing. This leaves it with a permanently sealed surface, free of the pores where corrosive and unsightly elements so often build up.