How to prevent shower door from shattering
February 11, 2019
Over the past few years, several people have reported the spontaneous shattering of their shower screens. These reports have understandably panicked many people across the nation. With most of these instances occurring at night, it is a terrifying way to be awoken from a deep sleep! But why does this happen? Is there any way to avoid this? The first thing we need to look at is how this glass is manufactured.
How is safety glass made?
Safety glass, also known as tempered glass, is often used for shower screens. This glass is designed to shatter, to avoid having large jagged shards of dangerous broken glass. Due to this, serious injuries from shower doors shattering are very rare.
There is an incredibly detailed manufacturing process to achieve this. During the process, the glass is heated to around 620 °C (1,148 °F) and then rapidly cooled with high-pressure air drafts. This makes tempered glass up to 5 times stronger than glass that hasn’t gone through this process.
What makes safety glass shatter?
In very rare cases, foreign materials get trapped inside of the glass when it’s manufactured. This can cause the glass to shutter over time for no apparent reason. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to find evidence of this in your shower door.
Tiny chips or cracks can appear due to a bump or just general wear and tear. These may not cause the door to shatter immediately. Changes in temperature causes glass to expand and contract. These movements, or vibrations caused by noise, may lead to the door shattering.
What can I do to prevent my shower door from shattering?
Check your glass door every few months. Be sure to look at the edges of the screen for any minuscule chips or cracks. You should also make sure that all brackets and screws are correctly in place.
If you’re experiencing issues with your current shower door, you can now rest easy because at Jack of Glass we provide an exceptional repair service. We can provide repairs for the majority of glass products, so why not take a look at our repairs page?
Should you need a new or replacement shower door, Jack of Glass offers a wide range of bespoke shower screens that really add the wow factor to your home. With our unique expertise and experience with glazing, we can create any design you like. Perfect for expanding your space, a new shower enclosure could be just what your bathroom needs to feel fresh again.