Decorate with Mirrors in 2017

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Friday, May 12, 2017)

decorate with mirrors, wall mirrorAs you decorate and improve your home in 2017, keep in mind that adding and replacing mirrors is a great way to enliven your space. Mirrors of many shapes, sizes, and styles are available from ABC Glass and Mirror, Inc. along with professional installation and a free consultation. Schedule your in-home meeting with one of our glaziers by dialing 703-257-7150.

Framed Mirrors

A framed mirror is a lovely ornament for a section of bare wall space. Ideal places to hang a framed mirror include over a fireplace, in the entryway, across from a window with a nice view, and behind a powder room vanity.

You have the option of ordering a new mirror with a custom frame, but it may also be possible to have a frame added to a mirror that is already in place on one of your walls. Through its partnership with MirrorMate, ABC offers Ready Frames. These attractive mirror frames can be added to most standard sized mirrors that are affixed to a wall. Ready Frames allow you to quickly transform an ordinary mirror into a more glamorous wall hanging.
 
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3 Shower Door Options for Today’s Homeowner

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Tuesday, May 09, 2017)

Frameless Shower Door
When you decide to upgrade your bathroom with a glass shower door, there are three types of door from which you can choose. Which one is right for your shower enclosure depends on your tastes and the design of your bathroom. Understanding each of the options is helpful in making the right decision. Let’s take a closer look at:

Bypass doors
Frameless sliders
Swinging doors

Bypass Glass Shower Doors

Bypass shower doors have been around for some time, and they remain a popular space-friendly option. A system like this will have two door panels that move by sliding on small rollers in side-by-side metal tracks. This design is appealing for its simplicity, its versatility, and the fact that it takes up no floor space in the bathroom. With regard to construction, bypass door systems always include some aluminum framing. This means that they can be built from slightly thinner glass than frameless enclosures, which in turn means that they typically cost less.

 
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3 Fresh Ideas for Using Glass in Your Master Bathroom

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Wednesday, May 03, 2017)

Bathroom glass wallTurn your master bathroom into a luxurious retreat that fosters relaxation and renewal. Glass can play an important role in this project due to its versatility, innate loveliness, and ability to hold up to moisture. Let’s explore three innovative ways to put glass to work for you in your master bathroom remodel.

Steam Shower Conversion

Often an existing shower stall can be upgraded and transformed into a steam shower. In addition to the steam shower apparatus itself, the right type of glass enclosure is needed. A steam enclosure includes the following features:

 
The glass enclosure seals up completely so that it can entrap the steam generated by the warm shower spray. 
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Glass Options Overview for 2017

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Wednesday, April 05, 2017)

Make sure you know all your options as you add glass to your home in 2017. In the realms of style, safety, and ease of cleaning, a range of choices are offered to customers today. We’ll take a look at some of the most popular items and the possibilities they offer.

Annealed Versus Tempered Glass

What we think of as “standard” glass is technically known as annealed glass. This is used for certain applications such as protective glass tabletops that are added to an existing surface. Tempered glass is glass that has gone through a process of heating and rapid cooling during manufacturing. This glass is about four times stronger than annealed glass. It is utilized in many commercial and residential installations including: 
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Cleaning Tips for Your Glass Shower

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Thursday, March 16, 2017)

Put these cleaning tips to use to ensure that your glass shower retains its beauty and lives up to its potential to transform your bathroom’s ambience for the better. While clean glass immediately glamorizes your bathroom with modern charm and elegance, dirty glass has the opposite effect. The good news is that you can take steps to make your cleaning easier and more effective.

Prevention

What’s a better cleaning tip than one that allows you work less for the same results? The best way to be successful in keeping your shower glass clean is to reduce the need for washing in the first place. The next time you thoroughly clean your shower enclosure, finish up by adding a glass protectant. There are a number of spray-on coatings sold for this purpose, and you could select one of these. Alternatively, you could decide to apply a long lasting EnduroShield coating.

EnduroShield is a spray-on protectant that bonds to the surface of the glass and repels oils as well as water, which can be tainted by corrosive elements. The layer of EnduroShield is environmentally safe and fully transparent. It will both keep your shower class clean for a longer period of time and make cleaning success easier to achieve when needed. Depending on the quality of your tap water, adding EnduroShield can even obliterate the need to squeegee or towel dry the enclosure after showering.
 
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Shower Door Basics – What You Need to Know

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Monday, March 13, 2017)

If you’re shopping for a glass shower door for your home for the first time, there are some basics you need to know in order to ensure the success of your project. With an increasing number of options available, it’s important to know the pros and cons of the many variations that exist in the realm of glass shower doors.

The Glass

Of fundamental importance is the type of glass used. The kind of glass you may think of as “normal glass” is annealed glass. This is actually no longer used on shower doors or enclosures because of safety issues.

The most common type of glass for a shower is tempered glass. Due to its being put through a regimen of heating and quick cooling, tempered glass is more durable than annealed glass and behaves differently if broken.
Instead breaking into the razor sharp shards of annealed glass, a piece of tempered glass will disintegrate into small chunks that are not as hazardous. 
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Create the Illusion of Space in a Small Bathroom

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Wednesday, March 08, 2017)

Today’s bathroom design trends favor giving this once neglected space lots of TLC. If your home’s bathroom is small, you may wonder if it is still possible to make it a glamorous and relaxing retreat. While you may not have the floor space to add a soaker tub or humongous shower enclosure, there are many ways to give a small bathroom a more spacious feel.

Put Clear Glass to Work for You

Wherever it’s practicable, use clear glass to visually open up a compact bathroom. When a bathroom is already little, the last thing you want to do is divide and partition it, as this will make it feel even more confining. 

For instance, if the shower’s current water containment system is an opaque shower curtain or a door made of privacy glass, consider the difference that would be made by having clear glass shower doors installed. With a transparent barrier in place, the bathroom seems to grow larger as the shower area appears to be part of the room as a whole, rather than a separate closed-off space.

Even shelving can visually fill up space and leave a small bathroom feeling cluttered. However, you don’t’ want to get rid of much-needed storage space, just so the bathroom can feel roomier! The answer is clear glass shelves. These maintain the open look you’re trying to achieve while providing a handy storage surface.
 
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3 Glass Shower Options for Your Renovation

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Friday, March 03, 2017)

If you’re preparing for a home renovation, make sure you understand all the options for your home’s new glass showers. Today, consumers can select from a broad field of choices, with glass enclosures to fit many budgets and situations. In addition to the numerous standard variations, modern showers can even include high-end upgrades that make them easier to clean! Let’s take a look at 3 popular glass shower designs.

A Frameless Glass Steam Shower

A wonderful choice for the master bathroom, the frameless glass steam shower has the power to transform your restroom into a spa-like retreat. The steam shower apparatus is complemented by an enclosure fashioned from sheets of clear heavy glass, and instead of the traditional framing around the panels, a frameless enclosure utilizes small clips to join the sections of glass.  
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Corner Shower Options for Northern Virginia Homeowners

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Wednesday, March 01, 2017)

Homeowners should know their options in corner shower design before selecting products for their Northern Virginia homes. From enclosure shape to glass style, the possibilities are boundless when you choose to upgrade a bathroom with shower glass.

Two Types of Corner Shower

Two common corner shower variations are right angle and neo-angle. Let’s take a look at what each of these has to offer.

Right angle –
Not surprisingly, a right-angle corner shower features 90 degree corners where glass meets and glass and where glass meets the existing walls. 

Neo-angle –
These shower enclosures have two fixed panels of glass that meet the wall at 90 degree angles, but that do not join up with one another. In the gap, a swinging door panel is hung at 135 degree angles to the fixed panels flanking it. Neo-angle corner showers can be particularly appealing in small bathrooms where floor space is a precious commodity. 
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Savvy Home Design Tips for Remodeling Your Master Bath

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Tuesday, February 28, 2017)

Home design tipsBecome more savvy about home design and utilize these helpful tips when remodeling your master bath. 

Open Up the Space

Open up your bathroom both visually and organizationally. One of the most effective tools for making the space look open and roomy is clear glass. Make this your material of choice for the shower door or enclosure and continue the theme when selecting other fixtures such as lamp globes, a glass vessel sink, and so forth. 

You also want to ensure that the bathroom really is open and easy to walk through. Only select a
swinging shower door if there is ample clearance around the shower entrance. Otherwise, the open door becomes a barrier to smooth traffic flow in the bathroom. Tidiness is also an important element of an open, spacious atmosphere, and clear glass shelves are ideal. These do not visibly “fill up” space, but they provide you with surfaces on which to store items that might be cluttering your floor and vanity top. 
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