Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I CLEAN MY GLASS SHOWER DOOR?

WHAT DOES A CUSTOM SHOWER DOOR COST?

LOW IRON GLASS VS STANDARD GLASS?

WHY IS GLASS GREEN?

WHAT IS TEMPERED GLASS?

WHY ARE YOU NAMED SHORT LINE GLASS?

 

 

HOW DO I CLEAN MY GLASS SHOWER DOOR?

What you’ll need:  Sprayaway foam cleaner & lint free cloth or paper towel

Glass is non-absorbent material. This means we don't have to deal with any pesky stains when cleaning. We just have to clean what's sitting on the surface. It is important to note that if the surface is scratched with any kind of abrasive material dirt can sit in these little tiny crevices. It's extremely important therefore to never use any kind of abrasive based cleaner on glass. We suggest using Sprayaway glass cleaner because it's easy to find at any hardware store, it's streak free, and it sprays foam which works beautifully on vertical surfaces.

 

To get started shake your can of cleaner and spray about 12 inches away from the surface in a big curricular motion. Allow the spray to set for a minute before wiping off. When you're ready to wipe clean make sure to use a lint-free towel and continue wiping until all wet-looking surfaces are dry. If you have a pesky spot you may need to repeat the spray in that particular spot and wipe clean again.

 

This should be all you need to get that shower looking sparkly clean! If however you're dealing with more pesky residue please watch our video on what to do next.

 

 

 WHAT DOES A CUSTOM SHOWER DOOR COST?

 

The cost of a frameless shower door depends on a few factors, like Size, choice of hardware and cutouts for additions like benches. Most economic is a door with hinges and a handle. We at Short Line Glass like to make our doors 30” wide to accommodate for wet feet. Height, beyond just under the shower head, is an aesthetic choice, but remember the door height may need to swing under the shower head. Barn style doors are beautiful but are a cost added value, we only use heavy stainless steel hardware for these applications and are a little more expensive. We take your bare feet seriously

You can Call us before you remodel! We can help mitigate the cost and benefits of your frameless shower. We charge a small design fee that comes off the price when you order from us.

 

 

LOW IRON GLASS VS STANDARD GLASS?

 

Whether you want to consider this option or not, is purely aesthetic. There is no structural differences when it comes to using standard or low iron glass in a shower door. Both can be turned into safety glass and this is what is most important when using glass structurally.

Standard glass is typically a shade of emerald green and most evident when looking down the edges of the glass. Low- iron glass is an attempt at a perfectly clear glass, which is difficult to achieve. Typical low iron glass is Starphire, made by PPG and is generally a shade of blue, but can lean toward violet. We use a low-iron glass called OptiWhite, made by Pilkington, the clearest of all low-iron glasses we have tested and perfect for applications like back painted glass. Standard glass is fine for most applications. What to consider is the color of the shower stall and bath. If the tile or interior is white or yellow? The green will show stronger. If your tile is a darker shade, like brown or black, the standard green will not be as noticeable. We usually recommend a low-iron glass like optiwhite when a bath needs that extra sparkle and matches the budget of the rest of the space. Also if green would just destroy the rooms color pallet.

 

 

WHY IS GLASS GREEN?

 

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the fundamentals of melting glass. Most common glasses are called Soda-Lyme glass. This means that the glass is made of sand (60%), soda (20%) and Lyme (20%). Sand melts at around 3000 degrees, so adding soda and Lyme as fluxes will both lower the melting point and add a brittleness to the glass. Here is where the green comes in.

Most sand in the world has iron in it. When melted that iron leaches into the glass as green!

 

 

WHAT IS TEMPERED GLASS?

 

Tempered glass is up to 10 times stronger than standard annealed glass. What tempering does is put stress into the glass. When glass is made, the batch or raw materials are melted at around 2300 degrees, where it is can be poured like honey. The glass is then brought down in temperature to its annealing point, around 1000 degrees. This is where the glass stops moving. The glass is then slowly cooled to room temperature, allowing the glass to cool evenly. If it doesn’t cool evenly the glass will have stress and break along the different temperatures.

So tempering is controlling the stress to make it stronger. First an annealed piece of glass is cut to size. All holes, cutouts and polished edges must be done before tempering. The glass is placed in a long shallow oven, heated to over the annealing point. The glass is then quickly rolled into a chamber where a large blast of air, from top and bottom, quickly cools the surfaces of the glass. Now the surface shrinks just a small fraction, while the core of the glass is still hot.

Now there is stress between the surface and the core, but because the surfaces shrank first, it squeezes and creates a balance of force between the surface and core. If the glass does break, the glass will shatter into a million tiny pieces, spreading out the weight so a large piece of sharp glass cannot fall onto anyone or damage walls and floors.

 

 

WHY ARE YOU NAMED SHORT LINE GLASS?

 

This is a question we get a lot. It may seem a little different but maybe after we explain, it will make sense. A short line is a train that runs around a city, that receives goods from around the world. It then delivers those goods around the city. Just as a short line delivers the world to its city, Short Line Glass delivers the world of glass to you.