To the naked eye and touch, glass is smooth. You would think you could correctly say that glass has a non-porous surface compared to other building materials such as wood or concrete. The fact of the matter is if you look at all untreated glass with a microscope, the surface is so rough that it looks like a mountain range. It is full of peaks and valleys that trap soap scum, limescale and mineral deposits and can eventually permanently stain, etch or discolor the glass surface.
Homeowners can protect their new shower enclosure and reduce their cleaning by ordering a glass treatment add-on that protects by sealing the surface and filling the minuscule pits. There are many excellent glass treatments on the market today. Given the almost negligible investment, it’s safe to say that almost any commercially available glass treatment is better than no treatment at all.
When following the proper cleaning instructions, glass treatments:
• Repel water (hydrophobic)
• Reduce water spots
• Are always easier to clean
• Stay cleaner for longer
• Significantly reduces the growth of bacteria
While some products require regular after-care to extend protection up to ten years, Guardian ShowerGuard, available from most Binswanger Glass locations, never needs to be reapplied and is backed by a robust lifetime limited warranty. ShowerGuard is fused to the glass surface using sputter coating technology. The same large-area magnetron coating equipment used to coat windows with energy saving low emissivity coatings deposits microscopic layers of metal coatings on the glass. Thats right, layers of metal that are fractions of the thickness of a human hair create a highly resilient surface that is completely invisible and does not change the surfaces look or finish.
IMPORTANT: Since glass treatments make cleaning easier, most of the time all you will need is a soft cloth or sponge. Thats right, layers of metal that are fractions of the thickness of a human hair create a highly resilient surface that is completely invisible and does not change the surfaces look or finish.
For more information about shower glass doors and enclosures please call 800-365-9922 or go to shower enclosures.