Safety Glass and Shower Doors
If you’ve ever bumped into a shower door, you’ve probably wondered what would happen if it shattered. Although it’s an unlikely and rare occurrence for the glass in a shower door to break, the prospect of broken glass in a bathroom is not a pleasant one. The concern for user safety is paramount to glass shower door manufacturers, and much research has gone into creating a trustworthy and secure product.
Delta® Shower Doors are made with tempered glass, much like the glass used in automobiles and airplanes. The glass is designed with safety in mind; it takes a serious impact to break and when it does, it shatters into small granular chunks instead of large shards. This serves two functions: to protect people and animals near the glass and to provide for easy and less treacherous cleanup in the unlikely case that it breaks.
Tempered glass is about four times stronger than ordinary (annealed) glass. When broken, it breaks at approximately five times the speed of sound (1500 meters per second). In other words, about 3,000 miles per hour!
The process of tempering involves controlled heating and rapidly cooling glass back to room temperature. This process creates glass that is much stronger, and that is more likely to withstand the taps and bumps that come with years of daily use.
To ensure the safety of your glass shower door, consider the following precautions:
- Make sure corner protectors remain on glass during installation.
- Never allow the glass to make direct contact with hard surfaces such as ceramic tile, stone, metal or concrete.
- Keep all hardware firmly tightened.
- Make sure all bumpers are installed per instructions.
- Avoid slamming the doors (be sure to tell the kids!).
- Never put excessive weight on the knobs or towel bars (again, tell the kids!).
- If the glass drags or does not bypass with ease, adjust the door immediately. Please see Installation Guide for directions.
- Routinely check the door(s) to ensure everything is functioning as intended.
If you follow the above precautions, your tempered glass shower door should last a long time and cause no concern for the safety of your family and guests. Much the like windshield of your car, the glass in your shower door can be trusted to provide solid reliability.